Figuratively Speaking for May 02, 2010

Percentage of all workers who expect to retire at under 60 years of age, according to the EBRI 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey: 9

Percentage who expect to retire between the ages of 60 and 64: 19

Percentage who expect to retire at age 65: 24

Percentage who say they will be 66 or older when they retire: 33

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of Americans who say they have owned a recalled consumer product, according to a survey by 47

Number of consumer products that were voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers in 2009, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): 465

Number of deaths that consumer products -- both recalled and unrecalled -- are involved in each year, according to the CPSC: 8,000

Estimated number of injuries that involve consumer products each year: 14 million


Percentage of consumers who own an e-reader, or electronic reading device, according to a survey from 5

Percentage who plan to purchase an e-reader in the next 12 months: 33


Percentage more women than men who perform elder care duties, according to the book "The Daughter Trap: Taking Care of Mom and Dad ... and You" by author Laurel Kennedy: 50

Percentage of the demanding Level 5 caregiving tasks, including more that 40 hours of care per week, that fall to women: 70

In their lifetime, average number of years women will lose to caregiving: 11.5

Average number of years men will lose: 1.3

Source: "The Daughter Trap."

Year in which one of the world's greatest libraries, the Library of Congress, was founded, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1800

Number of public libraries there are in the U.S.: 16,600

Total number of people who staff these libraries: 145,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of public speaking and the annual ritual of spring cleaning on the list of activities most dreaded by Americans, according to a survey by LG Electronics USA Inc.: 1, 2

Percentage of those polled who wished there were options to make household cleaning easier: 84

Percentage of Americans who admit they tend to take short cuts in cleaning: 60

Percentage who admit they typically clean only what can be seen because it is too difficult to get to the hard-to-reach places: 54

Source: LG Electronics USA Inc.

Percentage of respondents who say that by clearly defining roles and responsibilities they can better eliminate potential conflicts, according to a study titled What Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting a Business With a Family Member, commissioned by MassMutual: 56

Percentage who say that key business decisions are usually discussed between at least two people before a decision is made: 73

Percentage who said their decision-making process is effective: 68

Source: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Percentage of Americans who get stressed out about filing their tax return, according to a Zogby survey: 56

Percentage who expect a refund or have already received one: 60

Percentage who expect to seek an extension: 7

Source: Zogby International.

Number of smart phones shipped worldwide in 2009, according to Park Associates: 180 million

Percentage of the market that is shared by Nokia, Research in Motion and Apple: 60

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of all Americans who have hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health: 10

Percentage of people with hearing loss who can benefit from hearing aids: 95

Percentage of the 36 million Americans living with hearing loss who do not have hearing aids: 75

Source: HearUSA.

Idle Thought

"If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein, physicist

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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