Percentage of Americans who had problems with one or more spellings in a test of 10 everyday words, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Spelling Society: 50-plus
Percentage of respondents who had initially believed that they had a problem spelling: 25
Percentage who admitted being reliant on spell-checkers for tasks such as completing job application forms or writing important letters: 33
Ranks of women and men when it comes to spelling: 1, 2 (The only word that men spelled better than women in the U.S. was "liaison.")
Source: Ipsos Mori.
Percentage of car buyers who said that their worst mistake when purchasing a car was overpaying for a new car that quickly depreciated in value, according to a survey of U.S. adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CarMax: 26
Percentage who said that their worst mistake was not doing enough research: 22
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of workers who revealed that they have dated a co-worker at some time during their careers, with 18 percent admitting to doing it twice or more, according to CareerBuilder.com's annual office romance survey: 40
Percentage of male workers who currently work with someone they would like to date: 14
Percentage of women who said the same: 5
Ranks of environmental services/clean technology, health care, life sciences/pharmaceuticals and energy on the list of industries recruiters expect will generate the greatest growth in executive-level job opportunities in 2009, according to a survey of executive search firms conducted by ExecuNet): 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of business development, sales, operations management and finance on the list of functions expected to be in greatest demand during the year ahead: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of affluent Americans (incomes of over $100,000) who say the economy is their greatest concern, according to an Ipsos Mendelsohn survey: 60
Percentage who cited unemployment and jobs: 30
Source: Ipsos Mendelsohn.
Percentage of alternative energy investors and analysts who expect alternative energy stocks to outperform the broader markets in 2009, according to a survey by global public relations agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide: 50
Percentage who see the Obama administration as a "positive" or "very positive" performance catalyst: 82
Source: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.
Cost per compromised customer to U.S. companies of data breach incidents, according to the results of a U.S. Cost of a Data Breach Study by PGP Corp. and the Ponemon Institute, which examined 43 organizations across 17 different industry sectors: $202
Since the study's inception in 2005, estimated growth per victim of this cost component (nearly a 40 percent increase): $64
Source: Ponemon Institute.
Percentage of Americans who say the biggest communication faux pas is when their loved ones expect them to always answer when they call, according to a survey commissioned by SpinVox conducted by Kelton Research: 28
Percentage who say it's when their honeys return their calls before listening to the voice mail they left: 27
Source: Kelton Research.
Percentage of baby boomers caring for an aging parent who say that it has put a strain on their marriage, according to a research study conducted by Caring.com: 80
Percentage of divorced baby boomers who said caregiving played a major role in their divorce: 25
"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in." -- Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)