NUMBER & QUOTE of the Week 

2005 was the kind of year when there were always interesting, and sometimes salacious, words tumbling out of peoples' mouths, and fascinating numbers tumbling out of peoples' calculators. Here are our Quotes and Numbers O'The Year, culled from our weekly features in the News section.

$1.07 million

The amount of money Charleston Country School District was looking at having to pay back to Pepsi last summer if all of the company's soda products were removed from schools.

200

The number of South Carolina forest acres converted into urban and suburban use every day, according to a speech Gov. Mark Sanford gave in Awendaw in December.

"Surely if you continue in this lifestyle you will die (spirturally [sic]). Romans 1:24-27. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. Give your heart to Jesus & he will set you free."

A message glued over part of a gay equality billboard facing the northbound lanes of I-26 in May.

"Inez Tenenbaum must not speak at our December meeting ... The media is going to eat us alive on this one."

Mickey Lindler, board member of the Republican First Tuesday Club, in November regarding Tenenbaum's scheduled appearance the next month.

2.4 million

The number of pounds of frozen chicken dumped into a Dorchester County landfill in November after an ammonia leak at a Sumter cold storage plant contaminated the chicken, according to DHEC officials.

"Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney ... Go fuck yourself ... Go fuck yourself, you asshole."

Gulfport, Miss., physician Dr. Benjamin Marble heckling Vice President Dick Cheney during an impromptu international press conference held in Marble's neighborhood in August.

12,000

The number of James Islanders who had been annexed into the City of Charleston over the past 32 years as of June.

$50,000

The amount owed by City Councilman Kwadjo Campbell to the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SEC) as of May 25, 2005, for failure to file two campaign finance disclosure forms.

"D, we save for last, because it stands for "dumbass'/Because this man doesn't have a clue."

A line from the "Spelling Song," a tune that was distributed in June at a lobbyist party in Columbia. The song, written and performed by a DOT lobbyist and deputy director, pokes fun at the governor's "naive" proposals, the "assholes he has hired," and his "rich wife."

"Where there's smoke, there's fire, and Joe Riley is holding the smoking gun."

Suspended City Councilman Larry Roy "Kwadjo" Campbell, blaming Mayor Joe Riley in July for his legal troubles.

"I'm sorry I caused pain to those to whom I really caused pain, and I'm sorry I caused pain to those who might want to say ouch anyway."

State Rep. John Graham Altman III (R-Chas.) "apologizing" in April from the floor of the state's House for comments he made about not being able to understand why some women return to their abusive spouses.

"This has all become so controversial you'd think the C-word was "Confederate.'"

Post and Courier reporter Brian Hicks in a December story about politicians' holiday greeting cards, with the best joke to slip past the P&C's editors since one of its sports writers interviewed Haywood Jablome at The Masters in Augusta a few years ago.

$1.4 million

Half-cent sales tax funds missing from the check given to Charleston County in November.

.04

The percentage of the new House-Senate road projects bill U.S. Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.) and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint (both R-S.C,) were able to bring to the Lowcountry in August. The new surface transportation bill is for $286.4 billion; we got $125 million.

$900,000

State funds allotted in June to reconstruct the Adventure, a re-creation of a 17th-century trading ship that sank last year at Charles Towne Landing State Park, using the same type of materials and techniques that were used in the 1600s.

"Chew with your mouth closed. Just because you're eating outside does not mean you're a cow ... Ladies MUST wear big hats ... No whooping, screaming, or rebel-yelling ..."

Tongue-in-cheek guidelines put out in June by the Civic Design Center in advance of the City's new, stringent sidewalk dining ordinance.

"Don't call the police."

Charleston Police Chief Reuben Greenberg, in August, to a female motorist after she called 911 on him after he drove his police pickup all over the Hwy. 61 roadway and lightly punched her car.

$4,200

The money that was collected in July at a legal defense fundraiser held for former City Councilman Larry Roy "Kwadjo" Campbell, who has been indicted on charges he pocketed campaign contributions, as well as another drug possession charge. No word on whether the money has ever been turned over to Campbell.

"The person doesn't have to be in the room."

U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.) responding in November to the charge that a "person" could become offended by a public official using Jesus' name during a prayer at a public meeting.

"They are trying to run us out of the city ... we might have to go back to Africa."

State Sen. Robert Ford (D-Chas.), referring to black Charlestonians, at a fundraising rally for Kwadjo Campbell's legal defense fund.

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