Figuratively Speaking for July 04, 2010

Percentage of Americans who if given $10,000 to spend in an automotive capacity said that they would buy a used car for straight cash, according to a Kelley Blue Book survey: 48.05

Percentage who said they would use it for a down payment on a new car: 33.63

Percentage who said they would use the money to fix their current car: 5.42

Percentage who said they would pay off parking and speeding tickets: 0.65

Source: Kelley Blue Book.

Percentage of Americans who say BP should pay for all financial losses resulting from the Gulf Coast oil spill, including wages of workers put out of work, even if those payments ultimately drive the company out of business, according to USA Today/Gallup Poll: 59

Percentage of Americans who say President Obama has not been tough enough in his dealings with BP: 71

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of people who say they find happiness and fulfillment in their job, according to a nationwide survey of employed Americans by Healthy Companies International: 26

Percentage of Americans who feel their job primarily serves to provide income so that they may enjoy other aspects of their lives: 60

Percentage who feel the job is mostly a drain on their energy and happiness: 11

Source: Healthy Companies International.

Percentage of CFOs who said they typically check in with the office several times daily while on vacation, according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey: 18

Percentage who said once or twice daily: 15

Percentage who don't check in at all: 26

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of dads who feel they partake in parenting responsibilities -- including diaper care -- more than their own fathers, according to a survey by Ipsos Public Affairs: 76

Percentage of fathers who say they either do most of the diaper changing in the house or an equal share: 80

Percentage of moms who say that dads in their household change as many diapers as they do: 33

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Year that the first organized baseball game with recognizably modern rules was played -- between the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York and an informal team called the New York Nine -- according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1846

Number of innings played: 4

Number of spectators who are attracted to professional baseball games across the country annually: 80 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of females who said they want to date someone who is like their father, according to an AreYouInterested.com survey: 46

Percentage of responders who said if they were married, their husband/wife would immediately become more important to them than their father: 65

Source: Snap-interactive.com.

Percentage of American adults who will watch World Cup matches, according to a Zogby poll: 24

Percentage of "first globals" (the under-30 crowd) who will watch the matches: 42

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of consumers who donate to support causes they believe in, according to a survey from Goodwill: 62

Despite their generosity, percentage of consumers who admit there have been times they've chosen not to donate their unused clothing: 71

For every one article of clothing donated, number of articles of clothing consumers have that are waiting to be donated: 30

Source: Goodwill.

Percentage of state energy regulators who expect the cost of residential electricity to increase next year, according to the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions: 85

Percentage who felt that consumers would not accept any rate increase at all -- up from 23.3 percent one year ago: 34.3

Source: Deloitte.

Idle Thought

"A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule." -- Michael Pollan, author

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

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