Thursday Numbers

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Glacier National Park, Great Falls Rescue Mission, unemployment, Miley Cyrus, things to do in Montana, Paul McCartney, social security fraud, $10 bill, Kansas City Royals, Rachel Dolezal, Dixie Chicks, LeBron James, and much more!


Becky Janssen of Bakersfield, California, and her two children were the 100 millionth visitors to Glacier National Park. One of the exciting things they received was a “complimentary lunch.” (Source)

That’s a pretty cool honor…


The Great Falls Rescue Mission received a $450,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to build a new center to house homeless families. (Source)

The folks at the Great Falls Rescue Mission do an amazing job.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was a decrease from the week before. (Source)


Miley Cyrus raised $69,000 for charity by auctioning off her Caitlyn Jenner artwork. The bidding stalled at $65,000, but then Cyrus offered to show the winning bidder her mismatched breasts and clean their house naked. (Source)

There’s not much I can add to that…


The Great Falls Tribune published a list of 101 things to do in Montana. Read it HERE.

The first 20 or so are things to do close to Great Falls, and then it branches out to other parts of Montana.


Paul McCartney turns 73 years old today, which probably makes many of us feel old.


The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that a still-to-be-named American woman will be featured on the $10 bill beginning in 2020.(Source)

What about Montana’s Jeannette Rankin?


U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter for the District of Montana announced Wednesday the culmination of a federal operation that resulted in nine convictions of nine Montanans for social security fraud. In total, the operation uncovered approximately $410,176 in social security fraud, $107,288 in Medicaid fraud and $34,500 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fraud. (Source)

Don’t cheat…


If the voting for the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game ended Monday, there would be eight Kansas City Royals starting for the American League. (Source)

Go Royals! It’s good to see a smaller market team doing well.


Click HERE to read the 7 Funniest Rachel Dolezal Late-Night Jokes.

Her story just keeps getting crazier.


The Dixie Chicks will be on tour in 2016 and currently have six dates confirmed in Europe. It all starts in Amsterdam and then heads to arenas in Birmingham, Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Dublin. (Source)

I have always enjoyed their music…


That’s how many NBA Finals the self-proclaimed “best player in the world” LeBron James has now lost. His record in the Finals is 2-4.(Source)

In my opinion, Bill Russell is the best NBA player. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Larry Bird would round out my top five. By the way, I never heard any of my five say they were the best.

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  1. […] wrote about it in my “Thursday Numbers” column which was posted at 6:47 a.m. Thursday. Daines first tweeted about it at 10:48 a.m. […]

  2. With the world series home field advantage resting on the outcome of the all-star game, perhaps it’s time to change the voting process for the participants. As a Twins, and AL, fan I love seeing small market teams do well but I don’t want to see 8 Twins in the all-star game and I don’t want to see an AL loss because of ballot box stuffing.

    • Rick – Thanks for your comments. I hope nobody is stuffing the ballot box and the article I read said it was legitimate. I doubt with all the anger about it that eight Royals start as other teams will start promoting the voting more – but since the Royals are my favorite team and I don’t get to watch them too much, it would be fine with me if eight players started! Thanks again, -JmB

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