Thursday Numbers

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

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 unemployment, false or misleading claims, mountain man, Taylor Swift, Art Wittich, Powerball, and much more!


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


That’s the number of false or misleading claims told by President Trump so far. (WaPo)

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain


Self-described “mountain man” Don Nichols was released on parole Wednesday after serving 32 years for kidnapping a world-class athlete out on a training run in 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer. (AP)

Nichols is 86.


Taylor Swift will release her sixth studio album called “Reputation” on November 10. (CNN)

A single from the album will be released tonight (Thursday).


The Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-0 to uphold a verdict and fine against a former Republican state legislator Art Wittich of Bozeman who took illegal corporate contributions from an anti-union organization. (AP)

The AP also reported that a jury found last year that Wittich received $19,599 in unreported contributions from the National Right to Work Committee and its affiliates in the 2010 GOP primary election. A district judge then fined Wittich more than $68,000 in the civil case.


There was one winning ticket for Wednesday’s $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. It was sold in Massachusetts. (

There were 25 other tickets in various states that won either one or two million dollars by matching five numbers.