2013, by the Numbers

Every now and again, we need to come up for air from the barrel-aged gins, short rib sloppy joes and foie gras waffles of this city, and catch up on some current events. Mostly the outlandish ones. Like these, presented by the numbers...

$150: Cost of a ticket to President Obama’s official inaugural ball, where the only food was pretzels and Cheez-Its.

35,000: Signatories to a petition urging the White House to build a Death Star.

$850,000,000,000,000,000: Amount the White House estimated such a battle station would cost. (It denied the petition.)

32: Pieces in the lot of items owned by Monica Lewinsky that went up for auction in June.

0: Items that sold.

2: Power tools (a chainsaw and a lawn mower) that a South Carolina man toted around the Lincoln Memorial to keep it maintained during the furlough.

1: Senator, namely Tom Coburn, who fell into a fountain at a charity gala.

1: Nightclub party hosted by Dennis Haskins, aka Mr. Belding of Saved by the Bell.

0: Nightclub parties hosted by Screech, sadly.

$150,000: Amount paid to settle a tax lien at the strip bar Stadium Club.

$40,000: Amount paid in singles.

0: Singles that can be collected by strippers at Donald Trump’s forthcoming DC hotel, after the feds made him promise there’d be no nude dancing.

At least 100: Times that Trump wondered if he could fire the feds.

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