Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about a mall for sale, the Keystone XL pipeline, free breakfast & lunch, gnomes, Montana’s sexual offender registry, Shaun the sheep, NFL, Shania, LeAnn, minimum wage, and a lot more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…


You can buy the Capital Hill Mall in Helena, Montana, for $2.9 million. (Source)


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)


The Daines for Montana campaign team posted a tweet on Wednesday saying, “The #KeystoneXL pipeline will create 40,000 jobs, lower energy prices and make America more secure. It’s time to approve Keystone!”

On the other hand, some people say the only way the Keystone XL pipeline will create 40,000 jobs is if there is a spill.


That’s about how many people participated in the annual “Tomatina” festival in Bunol, Spain, where around 125 tons of ripe tomatoes were thrown at (and between) participants. (Source)

I like tomatoes…


Due to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says about 15,000 Montana students will be receiving free breakfast and lunch each day. (Source)

We need to take care of our own…


That’s how many garden gnomes were reported missing by an Austrian political party. They were used for campaigning. (Source)

And you thought campaigns were nasty in America…

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According to a review by the Billings Gazette, “More than half of all sexual offenders registered in Montana don’t have a designation that indicates how likely they are to re-offend and sets requirements for checking in with authorities.” According to the review, “59 percent of sex offenders registered in May and June and 58 percent of the 2,348 offenders registered in August didn’t have what officials call a tier designation.”

Attorney General Tim Fox has failed miserably in this area.


That’s how many pounds of wool two Australian farmers hope to get from Shaun the sheep, which would be a world record. (Source)


NFL teams must trim their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday August 30. (Source)

Are you ready for some football?


Shania Twain turns 49 today. (Source)


LeAnn Rimes turns 32 today. (Source)


There are 16 NFL preseason games scheduled for tonight – the last preseason games of 2014! (Source)


A 9-year-old girl accidently shot and killed her firing-range instructor with an Uzi on Monday. It was being filmed. (Source)

It’s a tragic accident…


A new report from the Montana Organizing Project says, “Montana’s minimum wage of $7.80 an hour isn’t nearly enough to cover day-to-day needs, much less student loans, credit card and medical debt.” (Source)

Additionally, “The Project defines a living wage as one ranging from $14.40 cents an hour for a single adult to $25.82 cents for a single adult with two children.”


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  1. From the Gazette article you cited but apparently didn’t read:

    “83 percent of offenders didn’t have a tier level before Fox took office, up from 66 percent in 2008.”

    Sounds like Bullock screwed the pooch and Fox is making good progress on getting the number down. Kudos to him for keeping his promise and making this issue a priority.

    • Bob: Looks like to me they both failed. We’ll see how Mr Fox does in the next two years. Thanks for your comments. -JmB

  2. I always enjoy your columns! Thought you might get a chuckle from this article in the IR.

    • Haha – Thanks for the link and your comments. It just may be the winner of Making Montana Proud this week. -JmB

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