Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For December 27, 2009

Percentage of Americans who said their quality of life would improve if they were better organized, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the National Association of Professional Organizers: 71

Percentage who described their home as at least moderately disorganized: 65

Percentage who said disorder keeps them from being effective at work: 27

Source: National Association of Professional Organizers.

Number of Americans who visited food Web sites in 2009, consuming 11 billion pages of food-focused content, according to Allrecipes.com: 1.5 billion

Percentage of homes that now have computers dedicated to their kitchen: 20

Percentage of respondents who use this computer to view recipes while cooking: 86

Source: Allrecipes.com.

Average percentage of their lives that Americans spend sleeping, according to a Consumer Sleep Study released by Sit 'n' Sleep and conducted by Harris Interactive: 33

Percentage of adults who said they sleep more during the winter months: 55

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of men who would give up sex for at least a whole football season for their team to win the Super Bowl, according to a poll commissioned by Caesars Pocono Resorts: 15

Percentage of them who would give it up for however long it takes: 11

Number of NFL teams that have never won the Super Bowl: 15

Source: Caesars Pocono Resorts.

When asked to identify the most effective activities for creating and identifying career opportunities, percentage who cited "networking," according to research from ExecuNet: 70

Percentage who said "responding to online job postings": 14

Percentage who said "posting resume in an online database": 5

Source: ExecuNet.

Ranks of wine (47 percent), beer (27 percent) and mixed drinks (18 percent) as the drinks of choice on weekdays for nighthawks, according to a survey by Zagat: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of mixed drinks (59 percent), wine (20 percent) and beer (16 percent) as the drinks of choice on the weekends: 1, 2, 3

Source: Zagat.

Year of the first drive-thru restaurant, the idea of Robert Peterson -- founder of Jack in the Box restaurants in San Diego, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1951

Estimated number of fast food restaurants in the U.S. today: 187,000

Amount generated by these establishments in sales each year: $117 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans (a majority for the first time) who say the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress are low or very low, according to Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics of Professions list: 55

Percentage of Americans who perceive several other professions as having low integrity, including stockbrokers, HMO managers, insurance salespeople, car salespeople and lawyers: 40

By contrast, percentage of Americans who say nurses have either very high or high ethical standards, positioning them at the top of Gallup's 2009 ranking of various professions: 83

Source: Gallup.

Rank of Italy (25 percent) on the list of top international destinations for packaged travel in 2009, according to the U.S. Tour Operators Association: 1

Ranks of Egypt (20 percent) and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador (15 percent) on the list: 2, 3

Source: United States Tour Operators Association.

Percentage of chief information officers (CIOs) who said their IT departments are understaffed in relation to current workloads, according to a survey developed by Robert Half Technology: 43

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Idle Thought

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

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