Thursday Numbers

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. – Erma Bombeck

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 Trump’s tweets, unemployment, Trump’s salary, stolen fireworks, Joey Chestnut, the election integrity commission, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, urban chickens, Montana earthquake, and much more!


The Associated Press reported that a mock video tweeted by President Donald Trump showing him pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo has become Trump’s most-shared post on the platform.

As of this morning, it was been retweeted 348,234 times.


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


That’s President Donald Trump’s first quarter salary and he is donating it to the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. (The Hill)

It would be nice if some of the richest members of Congress donated their salaries….


That’s how much the fireworks and equipment stolen from Big Sky Fireworks were worth. The fireworks were to be used in the Great Falls show. They were quickly replaced and the show went on as planned. (KRTV)

You can’t keep Montanans down…


That’s the number of hot dogs and buns eaten by Joey Chestnut in just 10 minutes to retain his crown as Nathan’s Hot Dog eating champion. (Bleacher Report)

I ate zero hot dogs and buns…


CNN reported that forty-four states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

It seems to be a great scheme to gather data on voters…


Congratulations to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne for their 35th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.(Yahoo)

Crazy train…


The Great Falls City Commission voted to put the question about allowing urban chickens in the city on the ballot in November.

According to KFBB, if passed, people could own up to four domestic hens and three roosters within city limits.


That’s the magnitude of the earthquake that struck about six miles from Lincoln, Montana, early Thursday morning. (AP)

I felt it and several of the aftershocks in Great Falls.