Thursday Numbers

Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than you take. – Christopher Reeve

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 PILT payments, donuts, unemployment, the audit, Robbie Knievel, “Hold my beer and watch this,” heat wave, the Augusta rodeo, James Taylor, Bobby Jindal, Tom Brady, and the University of Virginia Cavaliers. There’s a lot more so read on…


That’s how much (almost $27 million) Montana counties will receive in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to pay for essential services for local residents. The funding was announced by U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in a press release.

In FY 2014, Montana received $28,809,242 (Source). PILT payments are made by the Department of the Interior to 55 Montana counties with federal lands that are not taxable by local governments, but the lands’ presence creates demands for local government services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure.


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which was an increase from the week before. (Source)


That’s how many donuts were lined up hoping to set a Guinness World Record. After the record attempt, they were given as snacks to farm animals. (Source)

Those are darn lucky farm animals…


That’s how many errors were found during an audit of the state of Montana’s Department of Administration. (Source)



Robbie Knievel announced plans to make “The Sober Jump” over the Red Zone bar in Butte next month. The building he plans to jump is about 28 feet high and 120 feet wide. (Source)

When I read about “The Sober Jump” the first thought that crossed my mind was the saying, “Hold my beer and watch this…”

In honor of that thought and as a bonus for my faithful Thursday Numbers readers, click HERE for the 21 greatest moments in “Hold My Beer” history, which includes some “jumps” that went terribly wrong.


Temperatures may hit 100 in some parts of Montana in the next few days. Hello summer!

Let’s hope the local meteorologists (especially those on television) remain calm and don’t blow a gasket from getting overly excited about the extreme heat.


The 79th annual Augusta (MT) American Legion Rodeo is this Sunday, which is the biggest and oldest one-day PRCA rodeo in Montana. (Source)

Augusta is a beautiful place…


It’s been 47 years since his debut album and James Taylor finally has his first number one album called, “Before This World.” There’s also a track on the album titled, “Montana.” (Source)

One of my favorite James Taylor songs is “Fire and Rain” with “Carolina on my Mind” being a close second.


On Wednesday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal became the 13th Republican candidate to announce that he was running for President. (Source)

Some folks believe we may end up having 20 GOP candidates running for President. I want everyone to know that I will not be a candidate.


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his “deflategate” appeal hearing this week. It lasted about 10 hours. The appeal was heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Source)

Goodell should have stepped aside and let someone else hear Brady’s appeal.


The University of Virginia Cavaliers won their first College World Series (CWS) championship with a 4-2 victory over defending champ Vanderbilt Wednesday night. (Source)

The CWS is tough to win – it’s a grind for the players to make it to the championship.


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