Thursday Numbers

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the “Thursday Numbers!” 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 New Hampshire primary, the California lottery, World Cancer Day, NFL concussions, Dan Quayle, Super Bowl 50, Obama’s job approval rating, Facebook, issues Republicans & Democrats agree about, Prop Bets, Denise Juneau, and much more!

100,000,000

That’s how much money ($100 million) is being spent on broadcast and cable television ads in New Hampshire for the Presidential primary next Tuesday. (Bloomberg Politics)

63,000,000

A California lottery winner could lose a $63 million dollar prize if they don’t claim their winnings by Thursday (today). Winners have 180 days from the time the winning ticket is drawn to claim their winnings. (USA Today)

USA Today also reported that if the winning ticket is not claimed, the money will be given to California public schools.

They could also send a million or two my way…

8,000,000

Today (Feb 4) is World Cancer Day. Cancer will kill more than eight million people worldwide this year, which is equivalent to the entire population of New York City. Half of these will be people of working age (30-69 years old). (Source)

285,000

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

182

That’s how many concussions were reported in the NFL this past season. It’s a 58% increase from 2014 when there were 115.(CBS)

69

Former Vice President Dan Quayle turns 69 today (Feb. 4).

50

Which team will win Super Bowl 50? Vote here:

46

Gallup reports that President Barack Obama’s average job approval rating in 2015 was 46%, up four percentage points from 2014. Check out in which states his approval rating was highest and lowest HERE.

12

Today (Feb. 4) is Facebook’s 12th birthday. (USA Today)

They grow up so fast…

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4

Republicans and Democrats basically agree on four things this election season. Gallup reports that Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of the presidential candidates’ positions on the economy, terrorism, jobs, and healthcare.

2:20

That’s the betting line (2 minutes and 20 seconds) for Lady Gaga’s performance of the National Anthem before Super Bowl 50.

For those not acquainted with the betting line, you can place a bet on whether Gaga goes over or under 2:20. This bet is called a “Prop Bet” and there are several types of these bets that you can see HERE. One interesting one is will the Panthers player who scores their first TD give the football to a boy or girl?

1

Current Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction and congressional candidate Denise Juneau introduced her female partner to an assembly of Democrats at a Bozeman political fundraiser on Saturday. By doing so, Juneau became the state’s first openly lesbian candidate for Congress. (Associated Press)

 

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