Thursday Numbers

Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures. – Lovelle Drachman

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions & Powerball lotteries, James Holzhauer & Jeopardy!, unemployment, Democrat Presidential debates, panhandlers in Newark, NJ, best/worst in Major League Baseball, misunderstood songs, Mount Everest, Districting and Apportionment Commission, a Florida man, and much more!

444,000,000

That’s the Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing. (Mega Millions)

That’s a pretty good chunk of money…

350,000,000

That’s the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing. (Powerball)

The old Powerball jackpot ain’t too bad, either…

2,343,971

James Holzhauer moved closer Wednesday night toward the all-time record for total Jeopardy! winnings. The professional sports gambler scored his 30th victory in a row, bringing his earnings to $2,343,971. Ken Jennings holds the record with $2,520,700 which he won in 74 games. (Deadline)

I’d like to see Holzhauer, Jennings, and Brad Rutter square off in a two-day contest.

215,000

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

65,000

That’s how many unique donors a Democrat running for President must have (or establish a 1% polling average) to qualify to participate in the first two debates in June and July. The requirement gets tougher for the debates in the fall. (BuzzFeed News)

I think there will be some sad candidates…

50

You may want to think twice before giving money to panhandlers in Newark, New Jersey. Police there will now be ticketing drivers they say are posing safety risks and delaying traffic by stopping to give money. A ticket will cost you $50 and court costs. (CBS)

Psst… Don’t tell the City of Great Falls – they are always looking for money makers (like cell phone tickets).

37

The Minnesota Twins are the best team in Major League Baseball with a record of 37-17. The worst team (record wise) in MLB is the Baltimore Orioles with a record of 17-39. (ESPN)

My Kansas City Royals are not far behind the Orioles with a record of 18-37. It’s long past time to fire the Royals’ manager.

15

Click HERE to see 15 songs that have misunderstood meanings.

I usually get the lyrics wrong anyway…

11

That’s how many people have died this month scaling the peaks of Mount Everest. (NY Times)

Sad deal…

5

MTN News reported that the Montana Supreme Court chose former state Commissioner of Higher Education Sheila Stearns as the fifth member and chair of the panel that will draw new legislative districts in Montana — and, possibly, a new congressional district for the state.

She will also help the other four members count how many guns each Montanan has in their homes. Just kidding…

4

As a Florida Man (isn’t it always a Florida man) lifted the toilet seat in his bathroom early Sunday morning, a four-foot ball python “rose out of the toilet and bit him” on the arm. (TheSmokingGun)

You can thank me later for giving you these thoughts…

 

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