Thursday Numbers

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

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 little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include initiative/referendum signatures, a bag of air, robocalls, Republican nomination for President, high temperatures, Vietnam 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pins, Presidential job approval, greenest states, Jennifer Aniston, Harriet Tubman, Windows, Where is George, unemployment, and much more!


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


To qualify an initiative or referendum for the ballot in Montana, signatures of 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in the state (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts must be obtained (a total of 24,175 signatures for the 2016 ballot). (MT SOS)

There will be a test later today…


That was the bid on eBay for a bag of air from Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant’s last game in the NBA. (Bleacher Report)

I would like to announce that you can own a bag of The Western Word air! It was collected in the room where I wrote this column…


A robocall offense carries a fine of up to $2,500 in Montana.(AP)

Nobody enforces it because the folks who could enforce it are probably too busy making robocalls or they support the people who are making the calls…


Republican John Kasich needs to win 158% of remaining delegates to reach 1237 magic number for the Republican nomination for President. (NBC)


Republican Ted Cruz needs to win 98% of remaining delegates to reach 1237 magic number for the Republican nomination for President. (NBC)

80 & 82

The forecast for Great Falls, Montana, calls for the high temperature to be 80 degrees today (Thursday) and 82 degrees on Friday.

I mowed my yard yesterday (Wednesday). That was after I scooped five inches of snow last Friday. This is spring in Montana!


Republican Donald Trump needs to win 57% of remaining delegates to reach 1237 magic number for the Republican nomination for President. (NBC)


Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke announced he will host several ceremonies across the state to honor Vietnam veterans with 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pins. All United States armed forces veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam War years are eligible to receive the pin. The pin was authorized in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act.

This is a good deal – more information can be found HERE.


Gallup reported that President Barack Obama averaged 49.5% job approval in Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 20 through April 19, his 29th quarter in office. That is nearly three percentage points higher than his 28th quarter average of 46.6%, and one of the higher quarterly averages in his presidency to date.

See how he stacks up against other recent Presidents, by going to HERE.


According to my friends at WalletHub, Montana ranks as the 48th greenest state. (WalletHub)

In case you forgot, there are only 50 states. Montana did beat North Dakota and Wyoming!


Jennifer Aniston is 47 years-old and she is the People Magazine 2016 World’s Most Beautiful Woman!


Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones. Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years. (AP)

Stephen Colbert probably said it best when he said it might be a little awkward in your wallet when Tubman (on the $20) is placed next to former slave owners George Washington ($1) and Thomas Jefferson ($2). He also said that since women make less than men do, Tubman will only be worth about $17.

It probably will take until 2020 until the new bill is in circulation.


I took the plunge and went from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I like to so far. It took about 90 minutes for it to download.

Check it out HERE.


That was Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (4.3%) in March. (AP)

That’s pretty good…


Have you ever received a dollar bill with “Where is George” stamped on it. You can go to a website ( and enter the serial number and see where that dollar bill has traveled.

I received one the other day after buying something at Town Pump in Great Falls, and I was excited to see where it had been. I entered the serial number and it was initially logged into the website from Shelby MT in 2012. It was received as a tip at Ring Side Ribs in Shelby.

When I entered the serial number it had been three years and 154 days since the Shelby entry. I was the second entry. The dollar traveled about 76 miles during that time.

It must have taken the long route to Great Falls or maybe it was lost…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug – Haha…it took me awhile but I got it. Good to know…-JmB

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