Thursday Numbers

Live as though it were your last day on earth. Some day you will be right. – Robert Anthony

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 school funding, unemployment, absentee ballots, Eric Greitens, Chicago White Sox, Warriors/Cavs poll, Cynthia Nixon, Brigitte Nielsen, Alaska & gonorrhea, Kevin Durant & shoes, plus much more!


The Great Falls Tribune reported that the effects of federal funding reductions and the failed levy continue to weigh on Great Falls Public Schools. During her Superintendent’s Report at the May 29 school board meeting, Superintendent Tammy Lacey outlined $500,000 in staff reductions that needed to be made to offset decreases in federal funding to schools.

It’s too bad some people are against funding public schools in Great Falls…


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

That’s a decrease from last week.


That’s how many Montana voters have returned absentee ballots for the June 5 primary. (As of 5/29) (AP)


Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) is the first Missouri governor to resign since 1857 when Gov. Trusten Polk left office during his second month as governor to take a U.S. Senate seat. (KC Star)

According to the Star, Mike Parson, 63, a fellow Republican and former sheriff who served 11 years in the General Assembly before being elected as lieutenant governor in 2016, will take over as Missouri’s 57th governor. He’ll finish Greitens’ term, which runs until January 2021.


That’s the Chicago White Sox’s winning percentage (.302) – the worst in Major League Baseball. (ESPN)


In a poll here at The Western Word, 100% of those participating said the Golden State Warriors will beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA championship.

I did not think the Cavs would make it this far…


New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon tweeted, Fact: New York has had 56 governors and not a single one has been a woman. (Twitter)


Actress Brigitte Nielsen, 54, is pregnant. This is the fifth child for the movie star who is best known for 1985’s Rocky IV, 1986’s Cobra and 1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II. She already has sons Julian, 34, Killian, 28, Douglas, 25, and Raoul, 23. (DailyMail)


The number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska increased by 51 percent in 2017 compared to the year before, a statistic that’s concerning to public health officials, the state health department said. (Anchorage Daily News)



Golden State Warriors’ player Kevin Durant loses his shoes more than any player in NBA history. In an extensive video analysis of Durant’s games from the past three regular seasons and postseasons reveals that the four-time scoring champ has come out of his shoe at least 31 times since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign. (

This info will (probably) amaze your friends…