Figuratively Speaking for October 03, 2010

Percentage of human resource managers who reported they typically review 25 applications or less for open positions, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 48

Percentage who said, on average, they spend less than a minute reviewing a resume: 38

Percentage who spend less than 30 seconds: 18

Percentage of human resource managers who said they pay more attention to resumes that are tailored to their open positions: 79

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of U.S. TV households that own one TV: 16.3

Percentage of TV households that own two TVs: 28.4

Percentage of TV households that own three TVs: 24.4

Percentage of TV households that own four or more TVs: 30.9

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of Americans who say President Barack Obama bears a great deal or moderate amount of blame for U.S. economic problems, according to a Gallup poll: 48

Percentage of Americans who blame former President George W. Bush for the economic problems: 71

Source: Gallup Organization.

Number of calories and fat content packed in the Big Mac, McDonald's signature sandwich, according to an analysis from dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: 540 and 29 grams of fat

Number of calories and fat content contained in a double quarter pounder with cheese: 740 and 42 grams of fat

Number of calories and fat content contained in a McDonald's Mighty Kids Meal: 840 and 37 grams of fat

Rank of the McDonald's Mighty Kids Meal on a recent PCRM list of the five most unhealthful fast-food meals marketed to children: 1

Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Year the federal government went into debt for the first time, according to the Census Bureau: 1789

Amount Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton arranged to borrow from the Bank of New York and the Bank of North America to pay the salaries of President Washington and members of the first Congress: $192,000

Length of time it took to pay off the loan: less than 1 year

Amount of the president's annual salary today: $400,000

Estimated amount of the national debt today: $13 trillion.

Source: Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who say it is "unacceptable" for homeowners to stop making their mortgage payments, according to a Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends survey: 59

Percentage who say the practice of "walking away" from a home mortgage is acceptable, at least under certain circumstances: 36

Percentage of homeowners who say they owe more on their mortgages than their home is worth: 21

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Percentage of moms who consider themselves "very green" or "somewhat green," incorporating environmentally friendly practices and products into their families' everyday lives, according to a survey from Marcal Small Steps and Kiwi magazine: 59

Percentage of moms who mistakenly believe anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent or more of all U.S. paper products are made from 100 percent recycled paper: 62

Percentage of household paper products sold in this country that are actually made from 100 percent recycled paper: 2

Source: Marcal.

Rank of how a guy smells on the list of factors that determine whether a girl will find him attractive, according to scent expert Dr. Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, in a survey commissioned by AXE: 1

Percentage of girls who say they won't date a guy who smells like their dad: 56

Source: Edelman.

Percentage of the 36 million Americans with a hearing problem who actually use hearing aids, according to a public opinion survey commissioned by HearUSA: 25

Source: HEAR USA.

IDLE THOUGHT

"It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life." -- Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963)

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

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