Thursday Numbers

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Playboy Mansion, unemployment, Montana Shooting Sports Association, the anti-marijuana initiative, 100-meter hurdles, beach volleyball, Election Day 2016, military medals, congressional approval rating, solar power, and much more.


The Playboy Mansion was recently sold for $100 million. Hugh Hefner, who is 90 years old, will be able to live there for the remainder of this life. (Newsweek)

The mansion was purchased in 1971 for $1.1 million.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment this week. (USDOL)


The Associated Press reported this week that Montana’s campaign regulator says the Montana Shooting Sports Association violated state campaign laws in the 2014 elections by not providing enough detail about its contributors who donated a total of $4,744.

This should be interesting…


The Associated Press reported that sponsors of an anti-marijuana initiative that failed to qualify for November’s ballot are claiming they submitted enough signatures to put the measure before the voters, but that thousands of names were lost or wrongly rejected by county officials. The group recently delivered to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office more than 3,200 voter signatures they say are valid but were rejected by county officials across the state. McCulloch said the signatures won’t be counted because the deadline has passed.

Looks like the court will decide if this issue makes the ballot.


The United States swept the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold, Nia Ali taking silver, and Kristi Castlin getting the bronze medal. Congrats to all! Merica!

According to ESPN, this is the first trio from one country to sweep the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympics since the event started in 1972.


There are only 83 days left until Election Day 2016 (November 8).

Pro-Tip: Go to Sam’s or Costco and buy a case of popcorn – it’s going to be that much fun to watch!


U.S. Senator Jon Tester presented three Montana veterans 26 overdue medals this week. (Montana Standard)

Obtaining medals for veterans is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.


Gallup Polling reports that Americans’ approval of the U.S. Congress remains low at 18%, though the rating has recovered after dropping to 13% in July. The rating in August ties with the highest measured in 2016 so far.

Maybe the higher ratings are because they are not working in August and screwing things up?


Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross took third place (bronze) in Olympic beach volleyball. (ESPN)

It was one of the better matches of the Olympics.


The Cascade County (MT) Zoning Board of Adjustments approved two $5 million solar farms on the edges of Great Falls. (GF Tribune)

I like solar power. I also like ice cream, naps, a glass of wine, and long walks on the beach…

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