Thursday Numbers

So long February – hello March!

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” and if you are new around here this is the column where I take a look at some of the numbers in the news and provide commentary with them – with nothing being off limits.

Disclaimer:  When you read this column you will find yourself armed with more knowledge – knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It’s been known to change lives…

Today I look at Yellowstone National Park, wolves, a bad joke, I thank the President, Opie, Rocky, unemployment, Bieber, dry cleaners, Tweeting, more Tweeting, and much more…

351,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week.  That’s a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 353,000 according to the Department of Labor.

2000

According to this story, “While searching the pockets of a coat that a customer dropped off at True Blue Dry Cleaners, Bryanna LaPlante found $2,000.”  She gave it back to the owner.

In my job as “Director of Laundry” at my house, I keep all the coins and bills found…

1872

On this date in 1872, Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park.

Do not feed the animals…they are wild.

653

Experts say there are at least 653 wolves in Montana which is an increase of 15% from last year.

Soon there may be a wolf for everyone in Montana to adopt…

78

That’s how many service members attended dinner at the White House on Wednesday night to honor Iraq War veterans.

A big thank you to President Obama for doing this and a salute to all the Iraq War veterans for all they did for our country.  Thank you!

58

Director, producer and former child actor Ron Howard turns 58 today.

Opie Taylor is 58…wow!

53

According to a new poll from Gallup, “By 53% to 45%, Republicans, including independents who lean Republican, are slightly more likely than Democrats and Democratic leaners to say they are “more enthusiastic than usual about voting” this year.”

I bet it’s because Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are so dynamic…

43

Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart died early today (Thursday) morning in Los Angeles at the age of 43.

RIP

39

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Wyoming Caucuses with 39% of the vote.

Although Romney is winning, he never gets over 50% of the vote (it seems) which means the GOP voters are not sure about him. 

27

According to Reuters, “The biggest lobster ever caught in Maine, a 27-pounder (12.25 kg) nicknamed “Rocky” with claws tough enough to snap a man’s arm, was released back into the ocean on Thursday after being trapped in a shrimp net last week.”

“Rocky” lives to fight another day!

18

Singer Justin Bieber turns 18 years old today.

8

Windows 8 has been released!

Your operating system is now old…

7

According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, “Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers.”  The e-mail was sent to seven recipients.

This shows very poor judgment from Judge Cebull on several fronts.  The joke was racist.  It was sent from a government computer.  It was sent from his chambers.  We expect more from our Judges…

4

That’s the number of “Tweets” the Great Falls Tribune (@GFTribune) sent in less than 24 hours with the link to the story about Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sending a “racially charged email about president.”

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while…

3

That’s the number of “Tweets” Great Falls Tribune reporter John S. Adams (@TribLowdown) sent with a link to his story about Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sending a “racially charged email about president.”  The three tweets were sent within approximately 27 minutes of each other.

He must have been proud about his story…

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