Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 14, 2009

In 2009, estimated percentage of all e-mail traffic that is spam, according to a study from the Radicati Group: 81

According to the study's projections, amount of money a typical 1,000-user organization can spend a year to manage spam: $1.8 million

Source: Radicati Group.

In a typical workplace, percentage of employees who are actively motivated and engaged in their jobs, according to the Gallup Management Journal's Employee Engagement Index: 29

Percentage who are not engaged at all: 54

Percentage who are actively disengaged: 17

Source: Comcast.

Percentage more money that men need than women to be happy, according to research by smile.co.uk ("the Internet bank") from The Co-operative Bank: 27

Source: Co-operative Bank.

When respondents were asked to describe what they thought about their car, percentage who said that it gets them from point A to point B, according to a survey conducted for CarMax: 71

Percentage who said that their car has to do it all without breaking the bank: 30

Percentage who said their car defines who they are: 20

Percentage who said their car is a taxi service for their kids: 14

Source: CarMax Inc.

Average length of an American engagement, according to about.com: 14 months

Average cost of a diamond engagement ring: $6,348

During the engagement period, amount spent by couples on furniture: $4 billion

Amount spent on housewares: $3 billion

Source: about.com.

Percentage of infected computers globally that are located in the U.S., according to Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC): 45

Percentage in the United Kingdom: 6

Percentage in Germany: 4

Percentage in France: 3

Source: Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center.

Percentage of parents who say their children are couponing, according to a study from CoolSavings.com: 60

Percentage of adults who said they began using coupons "within the past year": 28

Source: Q Interactive.

Percentage of all baby boomers who believe they look approximately 10 years younger than their actual age, according to a survey conducted by American Laser Centers: 31

Percentage of respondents who said they think the reason that they've stayed or become better looking as they've aged has less to do with their physical body and more to do with maturity and mindset, and cite a healthier self-image: 66

Percentage who said it is also because they've become more stylish: 50

Percentage who said it is also because they care less about what people think: 46

Source: American Laser Services.

Percentage of small business owners who are planning a summer vacation of at least a week, according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor: 56

Percentage of those not taking a vacation who said the primary reason is that they can't afford it: 40

Source: American Express OPEN.

Year that the U.S. began rationing gasoline to 3 gallons per week to help the war effort -- kept in effect until the end of the war, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1942

National speed limit for the same period: 35 mph

Estimated number of gas stations across the U.S. today: 131,000

Estimated number of gallons of gas they sell each year: 175 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Idle Thought

"Power is only important as an instrument for service to the powerless." -- Lech Walesa, human rights activist, former president of Poland, Nobel laureate

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