Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 31, 2010

Percentage of women who find wealth attractive or somewhat attractive, according to a survey by dating site Diamond Daddy: 95

Percentage of women who like a man who sometimes or always spoils them: 80

Percentage of women who say they are seeking a "sugar daddy": 3

Source: Luxury Personals.

Number of messages per day received by the average knowledge worker, according to Basex: 93

If every knowledge worker in the U.S. were to send 10 percent fewer messages, estimated annual reduction in the cost of "information overload": $180 billion

Source: Basex Inc.

Ranks of banks (88 percent), personal e-mail accounts (86 percent) and Facebook (72 percent) -- all of which are rife with sensitive information -- on the list of the most commonly used password-protected sites among consumers, according to research commissioned by Webroot: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of respondents who have shared passwords with at least one person in the past year: 41

Percentage of people who use the same password to log into multiple websites: 41

Source: Webroot Software Inc.

Percentage of Americans who express "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in themselves to make judgments under the country's democratic system, according to a Gallup Poll: 69

Percentage who say the same of the men and women in political life: 47

Number of percentage points that trust in politicians has fallen from when Gallup first asked the question in April 1974, as Congress was embroiled in the Watergate investigation that culminated in President Richard Nixon's resignation: 21

Source: Gallup.

Despite continuing warnings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the potential dangers of in-vehicle cell phone use, percentage of drivers who admitted to having used a hand-held cell phone during the past 30 days, according to a Kelley Blue Book poll: 22

Percentage who said they had used some form of hands-free/Bluetooth device: 10

Source: Kelley Blue Book.

In spite of one of the cloudiest and rainiest years in recent memory, amount of solar energy produced by Solar Pie atop the PEMCO Insurance roof in Seattle in its inaugural 12 months of operation: 8,106 kilowatts

Length of time that amount of power will run an average household in the state of Washington: 1 year

Over the past year, number of tons of carbon offset by PEMCO's solar panels, which represents the amount of greenhouse gases that would have been emitted if the same level of energy had been produced by fossil fuels: 6

Source: Solar Pie.

Ranks of Steve Jobs, Jay-Z and Oprah Winfrey on the list of the most-admired entrepreneurs by Houston teens, according to a 2010 Teens and Entrepreneurship survey conducted by Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of respondents who said they would like to start their own businesses someday: 60

Percentage who said they were most interested in an entertainment business: 18

Percentage who were interested in a technology-based business: 10

Source: Junior Achievement.

Due to the lingering economic downturn, percentage more do-it-yourselfers who are doing even more of their own auto repairs than in 2008, according to the 2010 DIY Report from 40

Percentage of DIYers who claim savings of over $1,000 yearly: 34.9

Percentage who say they save $500-plus: 67


Since the global financial crisis, percentage of Americans who have become more concerned about the price of food, according to a survey by the Financial Times and Harris Poll: 58

As a response to rising food prices, percentage of Americans who are spending more money on the same type of food that they have always purchased: 35

Percentage who are spending less money on either less food or on less-expensive food: 23

Source: Harris Interactive.

Estimated number of temporary positions created by the economy in just 12 months, according to analysis by of Bureau of Labor statistics numbers: 400,000

By comparison, number of years it took to achieve that kind of growth during the last recovery: 3


Idle Thought

"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is." -- Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)