Figuratively Speaking for January 17, 2010

Percentage of corporate travelers who like to arrive a day early to stay fresh when traveling overseas, according to a survey by Egencia Corporate Travel: 29

Percentage who said flying business or first class keeps them fresh: 12

Percentage who said they take medication to help them sleep: 6

Source: Edelman.

When asked to pick one word/phrase to define the past decade, percentage of Americans who chose "terror," according to a Zogby Interactive poll: 21

Percentage who said "decline": 15

Percentage who said "loss of personal freedom/civil liberties": 13

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of the active U.S. Internet universe that is reached by Facebook with an average usage of six hours a month per user, according to Nielsen's 2010 Media Industry Fact Sheet: 56

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

Percentage of the world's carbon dioxide emissions for which the world's richest 500 million people (roughly 7 percent of the world's population) are responsible, according to research by the Worldwatch Institute: 50

Percentage of emissions for which the poorest 3 billion are responsible: 6

Source: WorldWatch Institute.

Year in which Helen Keller, one of the most remarkable of American women, was born, according to the Census Bureau: 1880

Age when she was struck with a major illness that left her deaf and blind: 2

Her age when her family hired Anne Sullivan to try to teach her: 7

In the U.S., percentage chance that somebody has some sort of disability: 20

Percentage of the population who cope with a severe disability: 12

Source: Census Bureau.

Percentage of men who said it is somewhat important for a girlfriend to have "wife potential," but that they wouldn't break up with her if she wasn't, according to an Askmen.com survey: 47

Percentage who said they wouldn't bother pursuing a relationship with a woman who isn't a potential wife: 36

Source: AskMen.com.

Percentage of Americans who describe their outlook for the United States during the next 20 years as "very optimistic" or "optimistic," according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll: 63

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of Americans who fall into the category of "WannabeWELL" (they want to be healthier, but may not know where to start), according to research by the Council for Responsible Nutrition: 44

Percentage who fall into the category of "Oh WELL" (those who do not live healthy lifestyles): 33

Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Rank of Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Rihanna on the list of female celebrities with the best hairstyles, according to a survey commissioned by Sally Beauty Supply: 1, 2, 3

Rank of Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin, Lindsay Lohan on the list of female celebrities with the worst hairstyles: 1, 2, 3

Source: Sally Beauty Supply LLC.

Percentage of homeowners with a siding preference who would choose brick for their homes, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Boral Bricks: 59

Rank of vinyl (37 percent), stucco (19 percent), fiber cement/composite (14 percent) on the list of preferred sidings: 2, 3, 4

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it." -- Agatha Christie, author

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

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