Thursday Numbers

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. – Steve Jobs

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first time visitor, this 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 just a wee bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Democratic Presidential debate, Greg Gianforte, Max Baucus, Jeopardy, unemployment, Mike Huckabee, Planned Parenthood, Twitter, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Bill Clinton, and much more!


According to, CNN’s broadcast of this presidential election cycle’s first Democratic debate on Tuesday drew 15.3 million total viewers, easily setting a ratings record.

Earlier Republican debates drew 23 and 24 million viewers…


Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte is calling for the release of $5 million available in fuel reduction funds because of hundreds of timber jobs already lost this year and economic uncertainty in Montana’s timber industry.

Gianforte is exploring a run for Montana governor…


That’s how much campaign cash ($1 million) former U.S. Senator Max Baucus and current U.S. Ambassador to China has in the bank according to a report from the Associated Press.

Having money he could donate to other politicians ensures Baucus has at least a few friends…


That’s how much money Matt Jackson, a 23-year-old from Washington, D.C., won playing Jeopardy. Jackson won 13 matches. (Source)


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


That’s how people clicked on the “Favorite” button for former Governor Mike Huckabee’s tweet in which he said:

I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador! #DemDebate

About 8,500 people re-tweeted it.


Today President Barack Obama will announce that he plans on leaving about 5,500 troops in Afghanistan after he leaves office in 2017. (Source)

I think most people realize that we need to keep some troops there…


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That’s the percentage of Americans according to Gallup Polling who view Planned Parenthood favorably. Back in 1993, which was the last time Gallup asked about Planned Parenthood, they were viewed favorably by 81% of Americans.

I guess there’s something for both sides to take away from this poll…


Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Great Falls had its grand reopening Wednesday. They will donate 20 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Cascade County Boys and Girls Club. (Source)

Good job KFC!


The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers Wednesday to move on to the American League Championship against the defending champion Kansas City Royals. The game against the Rangers was delayed about 10 minutes after Toronto fans threw beer cans and other trash on the field to protest a call. Some debris almost hit a baby. The call made by the umpire was the correct call. (Source)

I’m not a fan of baseball being played in domes (like in Toronto/Houston) or on fake grass. The Toronto fans made asses of themselves during the outburst. Canada must be so proud.

Real grass. Real dirt. No dome = Real baseball. Go Royals!


In Monday afternoon’s baseball playoff game between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros, the Astros were leading 6-2 at the start of the eighth inning. According to experts, that meant the Royals only had a 3.2% chance of winning. (Source)

The Royals won 9-6. Last night (Wednesday), the Royals beat the Astros to move on to the American League Championship series.


During the Democratic Presidential debate Tuesday night, I received an email from Bill Clinton telling me to turn on my TV and watch Hillary. The former President also asked me to send her $1.00 to “show her you’re with her.”

I wonder if Bill Clinton knows my checking account balance…


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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Speaking of animals. This is as actual sentence about an actual case rocketing its way around the internet.

    LONDON (AP)—A former meerkat expert at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper

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