Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “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 websites, nail polish, Amanda Curtis, Steve Daines, median household income, unemployment, Snallygaster beer festival, Elmo, Thursday Numbers, 1984 music, Sears, Gallup polls, Facebook, rudest drivers., educated towns, poverty rate, Jameis Winston, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…


There are now over one billion websites. (Source)

Thanks for visiting this one!


That’s the new claims for unemployment filed last week. (Source)

This is great news….


That’s the price ($250,000) for Azature Black Diamond nail polish. (Source)


According to a press release from the Amanda Curtis for senate campaign regarding her personal financial statement, her total assets are less than $50,000. The Curtis campaign was quick to point out that her opponent Congressman Steve Daines “reported his assets to be worth between $8.9 million and $32.7 million.”

Maybe a bumper sticker saying, “If you’re a millionaire, vote for Daines. If you’re not, vote for Curtis” is in order. The big question is will we see a bumper sticker that says, “Millionaires for Daines.”


That’s the median household income in Montana. (Source)


Representative Steve Daines was named a “Guardian of Small Business” today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) which represents 6,000 small businesses across Montana. (Source)

Small businesses make this country great…


Among the 274 beers at the Snallygaster beer festival in Washington, D.C., was a brew with a most unusual ingredient — coffee beans salvaged from weasel poop. (Source)


A Times Square Elmo was busted in a sting operation by cops looking to combat overly aggressive panhand­ling by costumed creeps. Police say that “Elmo” had collected about $200. (Source)

Elmo loves you!


This is the 165th Thursday Numbers column. Please send cash; no gifts.

The Western Word loves you!


Here are the 100 best singles of 1984 – according to Rolling Stone.

For those of you not alive in 1984, you can use these videos as a history lesson…


The Sears store in Great Falls (MT) will be closing in early December, and that means 65 employees will lose their jobs. (Source)

That’s terrible news.


A new Gallup poll found that “Americans estimate that the federal government wastes 51 cents of each tax dollar.” The poll also found “Americans are less harsh about their state and local governments, viewing them as wasting 42 cents and 37 cents, respectively.” (Source)


Here are the 50 most educated towns – one from each state.

40 & 42

According to Gallup polling, “Americans view both parties negatively overall, with a 40% favorable and 57% unfavorable rating for the Republican Party, and a 42% favorable and 54% unfavorable rating for the Democratic Party. (Source)


That’s how many people “Like” the new Facebook page of The Western Word. This is the one site you should visit each day for news about politics, sports, the media, and current events. Like it HERE.


That’s the poverty rate (16.5%) in Montana. The poverty rate is 15.8 percent nationwide. (Source)


Here are the 10 states with the rudest drivers.


Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston was suspended for the first half (2 quarters) of the game on Saturday for an “obscene phrase” he yelled in public this past week. (Source)

With this latest action, Winston seems ready to join the NFL…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. You missed one Mike!

    $17,747,500,785,904 Our National Debt that is growing and growing and growing…

    • Barry – Thanks! It’s been awhile since I used the National Debt number, but you are right I have been missing it. I need to remind folks about it more. -JmB

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