Figuratively Speaking for April 14, 2017

On a first date, the percentage of singles who say that when dining out, they prefer a hearty meal, according to a poll conducted by Grubhub and Tinder: 62

Percentage who prefer a lighter meal: 38

Percentage of respondents who would rule out a second date if the other person didn't offer to pay: 36

Percentage who said it would not be an issue: 64

Source: GrubHub.

In spite of losing his position with Met Life, rank of Snoopy on the list of America's most-liked spokescharacters, according to E-Poll Market Research: 1

Rank of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Lily (from AT&T), Allstate Mayhem, Pillsbury Doughboy, Snuggle Bear on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: E-Poll Market Research.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who say the top reason they unsubscribe from email is because they get too many emails in general, according to data released by MarketingSherpa: 26

Source: MarketingSherpa.

Year that the Library of Congress was founded, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1800

Estimated number of books in the Library of Congress: 38 million

Estimated number of libraries there are across the U.S.: 120,000

Estimated number of people who are employed full time by state and local libraries: 87,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households that want to use voice to control their entertainment and smart home devices, according to research from Parks Associates: 55

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of American pet owners who indicated that their pet's nutrition is just as important as their family's nutrition, according to a survey from Open Farm: 94

Percentage who agree they pay as much attention to the ingredients that go into their pet's food as the ingredients their family eats: 84

Source: Open Farm.

Percentage of Americans who had been abroad in the past year who took their smartphone with them when they traveled, according to a survey by T-Mobile: 69

Percentage of respondents who said they'd rather lose their luggage than their phone: 55

Percentage who would give up a preferred seat on their flight before giving up their phones: 66

Rank of staying connected with family and friends back home on the list of reasons respondents gave for wanting to have their smartphone in hand: 1

Source: T-Mobile.

Percentage of Americans who use the three-syllable pronunciation of the word "caramel" (care-uh-muhl), according to a survey by Werthers to celebrate National Caramel Day: 57

Percentage who pronounce it as "kar-muhl": 43

Source: Ipsos Data.

Percentage of America's top math students who do their homework in a room by themselves, according to a survey sponsored by The Moody's Foundation: 84

Percentage of the students who spend more than 11 hours a week doing homework, while 29 percent spend six to 10 hours: 47

After school, percentage of the students who participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs and student government: 78

Source: Moody's (Economy.com).

Percentage of consumers who said they would be willing to shop at a new store if presented with a cash-back offer, according to a study by RetailMeNot: 33

Percentage who indicated they would be more willing to make a purchase with the ability to combine a coupon with a cash-back offer: 47

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Idle Thought

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(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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