Thursday Numbers

I would like to think I’ll die a heroic death, but more likely I’ll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting. – Unknown

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 Powerball lottery, Paul Manafort, Ford Mustang, unemployment, media poll results, Richard Gere, Big Mac, Kansas City Royals & Baltimore Orioles, Kathleen Williams, Matt Rosendale, NFL pre-season, derailment, the Oscars, and much more!


That’s the jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball lottery. (



President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is on trial on tax and bank fraud charges, had $16.5 million in unreported taxable business income between 2010 and 2014, a U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Wednesday. (Reuters)



The 10 millionth Ford Mustang rolled off the line at the automaker’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan on Wednesday, further cementing the model’s place as the best-selling sports car of all time. (Fox News)

I owned a Chevelle…


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


In a recent poll here at The Western Word, readers were asked, “Is the media the enemy of the people?”

The results are in and 85% said “No” and 15% said “Yes.”


“Pretty Woman” star Richard Gere is reportedly set to become a dad once again with his new wife, Alejandra Silva, just weeks before his 70th birthday. According to the Madrid-based daily paper ABC, the iconic actor is expecting a child with his 35-year-old wife. (Fox News)

Go Richard…


It’s not exactly pennies from heaven, but McDonald’s is planning to make it rain coins to celebrate the Big Mac’s 50th anniversary. Starting at the lunch rush on Thursday, customers can receive a MacCoin with the purchase of a Big Mac at 14,000 participating restaurants across the United States, McDonald’s announced Sunday. (USA Today)

I’m more of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese guy – make it a double.


That’s the current win/loss record of the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles – tied for worst in Major League Baseball. (ESPN)

I’m glad football season is starting…


A Democrat hasn’t won Montana’s lone U.S. House seat for 24 years, but political prognosticators are saying in this unusual year, Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams could make things interesting. (MTN)

I think Williams has a good shot at winning this race; I’m not sure Greg Gianforte wants it bad enough. I’m not sure Montanans like Gianforte that much.


A new ad paid for by End Citizens United claims that Republican U.S. Senate candidate and current Montana state auditor, Matt Rosendale, accepted donations from the insurance industry and when insurers raised rates by 23%, he called it reasonable. (

Rosendale needs to hide his Maryland accent and he comes across as a know-it-all in his commercials which turns people off.


The NFL pre-season kicks into high gear tonight (Thursday) with 12 games being played. There are also two games on Friday and two games on Saturday. (

The third game of the pre-season will give us a good idea of how our teams will do this season.


Five empty BNSF rail cars derailed from the tracks immediately north of the Great Falls Tribune at 205 River Drive and south of the Great Falls Police Department about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, damaging property but causing no injuries or hazardous spills. (GF Tribune)

I don’t think I would build close to a railroad track – but that’s just me – I’m smarter than the average bear…


In an attempt to boost sagging ratings for the Oscars, the Academy has taken dramatic and likely controversial steps to overhaul the annual awards ceremony, promising a three-hour show, moving some awards into commercial breaks and adopting a new category devoted to popular films. (

Just a reminder, the S.S. Minnow was only going on a three-hour tour…



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