Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 13, 2009

Of the top 20 financial industry recipients of bailout aid, number that have revealed the details of stock options pocketed in early 2009, according to a report from the Institute for Policy Studies: 10

Based on rising stock prices, combined increase in the estimated value of the stock options enjoyed by the top five executives at each of these banks, according to America's Bailout Barons, the 16th in a series of annual Executive Excess reports: $90 million

Since Jan. 1, 2008, estimated number of employees laid off by the top 20 financial industry recipients of bailout aid: 160,000

Source: Institute for Policy Studies.

Estimated number of times more than the value of the car that its parts can be stripped at a chop shop and sold for on the used car market, according to Hot Wheels 2009, the National Insurance Crime Bureau's companion study to its popular Hot Spots auto theft report: 2

Ranks of the 1994 Honda Accord, 1995 Honda Civic, 1989 Toyota Camry and the 1997 Ford F-150 pickup on the list of the most stolen vehicles in 2008: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Percentage of U.S. adults who said the economy is changing faster than they are able to change their habits, according to a Zogby poll: 44

Percentage who report that their quality of life has declined since the start of the recession: 42

Source: Zogby International. Contact Stephanie DeVries at (315) 624-0200,ext. 273, or e-mail steph@zogby.com.

Percentage of leaders who said they would "jettison a relationship to get something done," even though they understand that good relationships are needed for positive business results, according to a survey by David Peck, president of Leadership Unleashed: 33

Percentage of leaders who think a key part of their job is to motivate their people, though, according to Peck, "Being a cheerleader/employee motivator is not the leader's job." ("They are better off hiring/retaining only self-motivated people, and trying not to de-motivate them."): 82

Source: Leadership Unleashed.

Percentage of U.S. women who believe that wearing makeup gives them an advantage at work and makes them feel more in control, according to the Beauty Barometer survey by L'Oreal: 50

Percentage of women surveyed who believe that wearing makeup makes them feel more self-confident: 82

Percentage who believe it improves their self-image: 86

Source: L'Oreal.

Year that the U.S. petroleum industry got its start when Uncle Billy Smith saw a dark film floating on the water of a shaft he was digging near Titusville, Pa., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1859

Today, number of oil wells in the U.S.: 500,000

Estimated number of barrels of crude oil produced each year in the U.S.: 2 billion

To meet our daily needs, number of barrels of foreign oil imported annually (2 in 3 gallons of crude oil that we use comes from overseas): 4 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of dentists who revealed that patients send and receive text messages on their cell phones while receiving dental care, according to a survey by the Chicago Dental Society: 80

Percentage of dentists who indicated they have a cell phone/mobile device policy posted in a visible location in their office: 32

Source: Chicago Dental Society.

Average amount that parents will spend per child on electronic equipment this year, a leap from the $43.36 average observed in 2005, according to IBISWorld research: $91.69

For each child enrolled in school this year, average cost to the parents for sporting the latest trends in clothes and accessories: $136.60

Source: IBISWorld.

Percentage growth in the number of jobs available to university graduates in the sciences by 2020 as forecast by government leaders, according to Shafeen Charania, author of the blog "synthesis": 80

Source: synthesis.

Percentage of female and male riders who agree that learning to ride a motorcycle changed their lives, according to a survey by Impulse Research Corp. on behalf of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.: 80

Percentage of female riders who said they love seeing the surprised looks on men's faces when they realize she's a woman rider: 50

Percentage of all new motorcycle sales that are accounted for by women: 12

Source: Impulse Research Corp.

Idle Thought

"I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way." -- Edgar Guest, poet

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