Thursday Numbers

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur

Welcome to “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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include lottery jackpots, Eric Bolling, Glacier National Park, unemployment, Springsteen on Broadway, New England Patriots, North Korea’s nuclear warheads, TV news anchor, University of Montana, Postal Service, Billboard Hot 100 charts, and much more!


That’s the Mega Millions lottery jackpot ($382 million) for Friday’s drawing. (


That’s the Powerball lottery jackpot ($356 million) for Saturday’s drawing. (


Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling sued the reporter who broke the story that he had allegedly sent lewd text messages to colleagues. Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan against Yashar Ali, a Huffington Post contributing writer. (AP)

This should be fun to watch…


That’s how many people visited Glacier National Park in July – the first time ever that a million people visited the park in the single month. (Daily Inter Lake)

It’s getting crowded.


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


Springsteen on Broadway will open October 12 at the 960 seat Walter Kerr Theater and run through November 26. (NY Times)

That will be a tough ticket to get…


The New England Patriots purchased two 767 airplanes making them the first NFL team to own their own planes. (ESPN)

The best for the best.


Experts estimate North Korea has between 30 and 60 nuclear warheads. (WaPo)

At least this gives retired Generals something to talk about on cable news…


Rochester-area television news anchor Don Alhart holds the record for “longest running local TV news anchor in the world at the same station in the same market” clocking in at 51 years. (


That’s the number of semifinalists who will be interviewing to be the next president of the University of Montana. (Missoulian)

That is going to be a tough job.


The United States Postal Service has lost money for 10 consecutive years. (CBS News)

They need to downsize and close a lot of facilities…


USA Today reports that this month, the Billboard Hot 100 charts celebrate a depressing anniversary: it’s been one year since a female-fronted track went No. 1.




1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. “If you’re referring to the post office system here in the USA (or the USPS), then this is due to great amounts of payables to a fund as required by it to meet periodically by Congress. As a New York Times article says, the USPS continues to be saddled by a “Congressional mandate that requires it to annually pay billions of dollars into a health fund for future retirees.” Here’s a link to that article, which might be somewhat dated now, but still relevant because the law has not been changed nor updated: Postal Service Is Still Losing Money, but Not Quite as Much”

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