Thursday Numbers

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway

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 the bipartisan budget deal, NBA teams, unemployment, Berlin Wall, the winter Olympics, military service academies and sexual assaults, acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.S, REO Speedwagon and Chicago, Nancy Pelosi speaks and speaks, and much more!


The U.S. Senate on Wednesday reached a two-year bipartisan budget deal worth around $300 billion that would lift caps on defense and domestic government spending in an attempt to end the kind of squabbling over fiscal issues that has plagued Washington for years. (Reuters)

The Washington Post reports that the deal is $400 billion.

We’ll see how the U.S. House feels about it.


The average NBA team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% more than last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. The New York Knicks, for the third straight year, top the list at $3.6 billion, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers ($3.3 billion), Golden State Warriors ($3.1 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.6 billion), and Boston Celtics ($2.5 billion). (Forbes/ESPN)


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


That’s how many days the Berlin Wall stood. This week marked the 10,315th day that it has been down. (ABC)

How cool is that! (Aug. 13, 1961- Nov. 9, 1989) #Freedom


NBC has locked up coverage of the Olympics through 2032. (WalletHub)


That’s how many U.S. athletes are on the Winter Olympics team – a record for any Olympic team. (WalletHub)


That’s the total number of sexual assaults at the military service academies in the 2016-17 academic year. (AP)

If the current leaders at the academies can’t get this under control, then we need new leaders.


That’s the percentage of Americans who remain satisfied with the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.S., as they have been for the past five years, amid victories in the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. (Gallup)


REO Speedwagon and Chicago are embarking on a 30+ date co-headline tour this summer called 2018 North American Summer Tour! (June 13 – Aug 12) (Source)

This will be a great show.


That’s how long (8 hours and 7 minutes) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke on the House floor Wednesday. It was a record. (The Hill)


There are six athletes who have won medals in both the summer and winter Olympics. (WalletHub)

I am not one of them.


2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. The number of rapes at military academies is what has been reported. The actual number committed much higher.

    • Doug – You’re right. Someone needs to change that culture in the military service academies. -JmB

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