Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 24, 2008

Percentage of executives who said Tuesday is the most productive day of the week for employees, according to the findings of an Accountemps survey: 57

Percentage who said Wednesday: 11

Percentage who said Monday: 12

Percentage who said Friday: 3

Source: Robert Half International.

If current trends continue, projected population of the United States in 2050, according to new projections developed by the Pew Research Center: 438 million

Population in 2005: 296 million

Percentage of the increase that will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S.-born descendants: 82

Source: Pew Hispanic Center.

Ranks of rap, hip-hop and country music as the best selling record sale categories, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1, 2, 3

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Of dangerous Web sites analyzed (that is sites that cause major damage both to personal finances and to computers), the percentage that contained adult content, according to findings by Web of Trust (WOT) and based on the analysis of 17 million Web sites: 28

Percentage that were sites offering free and/or licensed software downloads over the Internet: 27

Percentage that were entertainment sites (movies, games, music, screen savers, smileys): 16

Source: Against Intuition Inc.

Rank of the U.S. among top telecommunications countries, according to a survey conducted by the London Business School measuring telecommunications quality and how it is used by consumers, business and government in 16 countries: 1

Ranks of Sweden and Japan: 2, 3

Rank of the U.S. among 30 countries in percentage of homes that have broadband access, according to a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: 15

Source: London Business School. See also

Average audience in the U.S. for Super Bowl XLII, according to the Nielson Co.: 97.5 million

Number of people who saw the Victoria Secret commercial, the most viewed commercial during the Super Bowl: 103.7 million

Source: Nielsen/NetRatings.

Gross revenue from goods and services sold at live auctions, according to the annual report compiled by Morpace Inc. on behalf of the National Auctioneers Association: $270.7 billion

Amount generated by the real estate auction market, one of the fastest growing auction sectors in 2007: $58.4 billion

Source: National Auctioneers Association.

Percentage of senior executives who ranked "improving energy efficiency across global operations" as a major priority addressed primarily or solely through real estate strategies, according to a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and co-sponsored by global real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle: 33

Percentage who ranked it as the leading priority: 19

Percentage who expect minimal benefit to profitability, but believe sustainable practices can reduce costs (particularly energy expenditure), open up new markets and improve their company's reputation: 80

Source: Jones Lang LaSalle.

Percentage of U.S. workers who now consider work-life balance and flexibility to be the most important factor in considering job offers, according to a Hudson Survey: 29

Percentage who said compensation when asked to name the primary reason they accepted their current positions: 23

Source: Hudson.

Idle Thought

"Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions." -- Yahia Lababidi, writer (b. 1973)

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