Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 18, 2010

In 2009, amount consumers spent on hot dogs and sausages in U.S. supermarkets, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council: $1.6 billion

Rank of Los Angeles on the list of cities that consume the most hot dogs, beating out New York and San Antonio/Corpus Christi, Texas: 1

Number of times more hot dogs that are eaten at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (725,000) than Los Angeles International Airport and LaGuardia Airport combined: 6

Source: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Percentage of young office workers who admit they're typically more confident in social than professional situations, according to a survey, conducted by Dentyne Pure: 66

Number of times daily the average young office worker's confidence is compromised: 6

Source: Kelton Research.

Percentage of moms who say it was their idea to get their child a mobile phone, according to findings from Ipsos OTX MediaCT: 40

Estimated percentage of parents of 6- to 12-year-olds who allow their kids to see PG-13 movies: 50

Source: Ipsos Marketing, Global Consumer Goods Sector.

Percentage of singles (of which 80 percent of participants were men) who said they spend less time looking for dates because they prefer to watch the World Cup, according to the results of a poll by www.areyouinterested.com: 58

Percentage of participants who would cancel a date to watch the World Cup Championship game: 40

Percentage who would go on a date to watch the World Cup at a social venue: 78

Source: AreYouInterested.com.

Profit made by U.S. airlines in the first quarter of this year in baggage fees, according to an announcement by the Department of Transportation and reported by Smarter Travel: $769 million

Profit made from reservation change fees in the same time period: $554 million

Source: Airfarewatchdog.com.

Percentage of Americans who rate rain as the best weather condition for sex, according to research from the makers of Trojan brand condoms: 83

Ideal indoor temperature for sex: 68 degrees Fahrenheit

Percentage of Americans who say they're always up for sex regardless of the forecast: 66

Source: Edelman.

Percentage of Americans who say they are "extremely patriotic," up from 26 percent in 2005 and 19 percent in 1999, according to a Gallup poll: 32

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of all adults in the labor force who say that since the recession began 30 months ago, they have suffered a spell of unemployment, a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or have become involuntary part-time workers, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's social and demographic trends project: 55

Percentage of adults in the labor force who have been unemployed for a period of time during the recession: 32

Source: Pewsocialtrends.org.

Rank of a professional sports event, the zoo, live theater and a high school sports event on the list of the top events attended during the past year by adults, according to Scarborough research: 1, 2, 3, 4

Rank of gardening, swimming, volunteer work and photography on the list of top personal activities enjoyed by American adults during the past year: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Scarborough Research.

Among those who use a smartphone with applications ("apps"), percentage who refer to apps at least "sometimes" when making decisions while shopping, according to the findings from Knowledge Networks: 40

Percentage who say they are more likely to purchase from app advertisers: 32

Source: Knowledge Networks.

Idle Thought

"Men have slow reflexes. In general it takes several generations later for them to understand." -- Stanislaw J. Lec, poet

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