Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Muriel Strode
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 Peeps, Mega Millions, fire season, Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, Tournament Challenge brackets, unemployment, Daines & tax cuts, high schools students vs. NRA, Trump’s job performance, Biden vs. Trump poll, opening day, and much more!
According to WalletHub, there are over 1.5 billion marshmallow Peeps consumed for Easter. By the way, there are 43 flavors of marshmallow Peeps available for this Easter.
That’s the next Mega Millions jackpot ($502 million)! The drawing is Friday night. (MegaMillions.com)
That’s how much University of Montana researchers say the 2017 fire season likely cost Montana in visitor spending. (AP)
According to WalletHub, that is how many (180 million) eggs will be purchased for Easter.
According to WalletHub, that is how many chocolate bunnies are made worldwide each year for Easter.
I could eat several of those…
Through the Elite Eight, that is where I rank with my best 2018 men’s basketball Tournament Challenge bracket through ESPN.
For those of you not acquainted with the bracket challenge, this is not good.
The 2018 Tournament Challenge was tough on many of us. This is why I am not a professional gambler…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
In his newsletter, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) says that the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center (TPC) issued a report indicating that Montanans will receive an average tax cut of $1,180 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. TPC projects that over 65% of Montanans will receive a tax cut under the law.
I will be waiting patiently…
Public Policy Polling (PPP) newest national poll finds that Americans like the high school students leading protests against gun violence across the country a whole lot more than they like the NRA. The high school students receive a positive 56/34 favorability rating for their efforts, while the NRA is upside down with 39% of voters seeing it favorably and 44% negatively. (PPP)
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is taking a hit and it’s kind of fun to watch…
The Hill reported that the Associated Press and CNN released new polls this week showing 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, up seven percentage points each from their surveys last month. The number is historically low for a president 14 months into his tenure, but the jump suggests the president is at least on an upward trend even as his party fights to hold on to its majority in the House. (The Hill)
As for Donald Trump, Public Policy Polling (PPP) reported that this month he has one of the worst approval ratings they have found for him since he took office, with only 39% of voters approving of the job he’s doing to 54% who disapprove. 54% of voters wish Barack Obama was still President, to only 40% who are glad that Trump is. (PPP)
Public Policy Polling (PPP) also reported that 37% of voters think Joe Biden would win a fistfight with Donald Trump, 32% think Trump would win, and 30% have no opinion either way. (PPP)
Like I have said before, they should do a pay-per-view fight with proceeds going to pay down the national debt.
Today (March 29) is opening day of the Major League Baseball season. There are 15 games scheduled. According to MLB, the March 29th start date to the regular season will mark the earliest Opening Day in Major League history, excluding special season-openers at international venues.
September 30 is the final day of the regular season.
Have a great season!