Thursday Numbers

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. – Dr. Seuss

Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of “Thursday Numbers!” Are you ready for Christmas? I think I finished shopping Wednesday which may be a personal record!

In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the “12 Days of Christmas,” The Beatles, Christians, broadband Internet service, U.S. Senator Steve Daines & Christmas, Danny Berg Memorial Christmas Dinner, “Dazed and Confused” & “Everybody Wants Some,” richest game show hosts, Kobe Bryant’s toughest opponents, my third-place finish, gas prices, and much more!


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)

Note:  The unemployment number was inadvertently left off my initial post and added later.


That’s how much the set of gifts spelled out in the final verse of the song “12 Days of Christmas” would cost this year, or 0.6 percent more than the adjusted 2014 price of $33,933. (Source)

A buyer who purchased all the items each time they are mentioned in the song would spend $155,407.18.


Merry Christmas from the Beatles! The Beatles will allow their 224 songs from their 13 studio albums to be streamed by all the major services beginning Dec. 24. (Source)

I checked Spotify this morning and the Beatles music is available there!


That’s the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian. According to Gallup, in their surveys from the 1950s, over 90% of the adult population identified as Christian. (Source)

I expect that number to continue to fall. Christians seem to be their own worst enemy.


That’s the percentage of homes that had broadband Internet service this year which was down from 70% in 2013. (Source)


That’s how long (41 seconds) it takes U.S. Senator Steve Daines to wish Montanans a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in this video.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Senator Daines and to his family/staff.


The 23rd Annual Danny Berg Memorial Christmas Dinner will take place on Christmas Day from noon to 3 p.m. in the Great Falls (MT). (Source)

Danny Berg was a great person – it’s good to see this continue. 


This is big news – It was about 22 years ago that the movie about my high school life in 1976 was released. It was called, “Dazed and Confused.” Now there’s a “spiritual sequel” being released in 2016 called “Everybody Wants Some.” It is set in 1980.

Check out the trailer HERE.


You can see who the 11 richest game show hosts are by clicking HERE. Hint: You need to have an estimated net worth of $45 million to make the list.


Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant named the toughest players he has played against. They are Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Clyde Drexler.


I was notified this week by the Great Falls Tribune that I finished third in Football Pro Pick contest last week by correctly picking 14 of 16 games. I won a certificate from Dairy Queen!  I hope the certificate is for something free…

They wanted to have a block-long parade to honor me and my third-place finish, but I said it was too cold.


That was the price of a gallon of gas in Great Falls (MT) on Wednesday. I noticed the price when I was out shopping with thousands of other guys for the perfect Christmas gift…



3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Happy Holidays to all.
    As you gaze upon the creche, remember those who seek refuge in these troubling times.

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