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Numbers: Gas Price Updates and 2018 Independence Day Stats

July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year. AAA’s latest July 4th Travel Report shows that an estimated 47 million Americans are expected to travel 50+ miles away from their homes for the holiday. This is a record number for the 4th of July holiday and a five (5) percent increase from last year. With … Continue reading

Numbers: Football in America – 2018 Draft and the Odds of Hearing “Welcome to the NFL”

The first day of the NFL’s 2018 Draft is here! There are many, many persons who have been waiting for this very special day to arrive. This year, the three-day event will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The draft can be viewed as a fierce battle for some of the very … Continue reading

Numbers: Teacher Salaries in the United States

This was an interesting week for numbers in the U.S. At the beginning of this first week in April, I was initially drawn to numbers associated with mass shootings in America as news was received of yet another incident at the You Tube Headquarters in San Bruno, CA on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. However, another … Continue reading

Numbers: America Also Has An Innumeracy Problem

“Those who tell the stories rule society.” – Plato, Greek philosopher Today’s post revisits the subject of innumeracy – a topic that was mentioned in an earlier post, Numbers: Illiteracy in the United States.  Innumeracy is the mathematical analogue of functional illiteracy. Use of the term innumerate was first recorded in 1959 (Source: Dictionary.com) and coined … Continue reading

Pi Day is 03.14 and I am feeling irrational.

Question: If you divide the circumference of the sun by its diameter, what will you have? Answer: Pi in the sky! Corny jokes aside, Pi Day 2018 is almost here. While there will be countless events and activities to observe the importance of this mathematical constant , some of the best programs and activities will … Continue reading

Numbers: Mental Illness in America

News coverage of the school shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, one week ago on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 has been steady.  Since the shootings, one 19-year-old male, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, and accused of injuring more than a dozen others at … Continue reading

Numbers: Illiteracy in the United States

A recent post on FaceBook asked if most people understood the difference between illiteracy and innumeracy? Perhaps some of you are thinking that these words have the same meaning. Depending on the context that is being used, they could mean the same thing. However, innumeracy, the topic of a future post, falls under the illiteracy … Continue reading

Numbers – 64%: Americans Who Support Legalizing Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana is one of the least polarizing issues in America! This statement was made by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s long-running political talk show, Meet the Press, (aired on January 7, 2018). This finding comes as the Trump Administration has rescinded an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing charges against marijuana users … Continue reading

Numbers: Halloween 2017 Retail Trends

We are less than 48 hours away from one of America’s favorite traditions and holidays. Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31. Its roots are in old European traditions. The holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. … Continue reading

Breast Cancer Awareness: Who Will Be “The One” Today?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a tweet on September 28, 2017, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss reminded us that we all need to do more to eradicate breast and other cancers. Louis-Dreyfuss informed her followers on Twitter that 1 in 8 (about 12%) women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. The … Continue reading