Figuratively Speaking for August 29, 2010

As the controversy over the Arizona immigration law continues, percentage of Hispanics who say that the hardships faced by Hispanic immigrants living in the United States are worth it in order to ensure a better future for their families, according to the newest Ipsos-Telemundo telephone poll: 81

Percentage of Hispanics who also agree -- including 55 percent who completely agree -- that in spite of the current economic conditions, immigrants who live in the U.S. are better off financially than they would be if they lived in their country of origin: 79

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

Percentage of U.S. workers who admitted they would take some form of company property with them when leaving a position, according to SailPoint's 2010 Market Pulse Survey: 49

Percentage of workers who would take customer data, including contact information: 29

Percentage who would take product information, including designs and plans: 15

Source: Sailpoint Market Survey.

Amount of time that empty nest opportunist (ENO) parents in the U.K. say they save per year on domestic drudgery because they no longer have to cook and clean for their child, according to a survey for UNITE: 3 months

Increase in the average ENO's circle of friends once they cut the apron strings: 5

Number more times per week that extra hours allow ENOs to socialize than when their kids were at home: 3

Source: UNITE.

Average commute from home to work for Americans, according to a Gallup Poll: 23 minutes

Percentage of U.S. workers who spend more than half an hour getting to work: 19

Percentage who commute for more than an hour each way: 3

Percentage of employees with a commute of more than 90 minutes who say they have had a neck or back condition that has caused recurrent pain in the past 12 months: 33

Source: Gallup.

Year that Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Neb., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1927

Number of different flavors that will be dispensed by the world's largest Kool-Aid stand during the annual Kool-Aid festival in Hastings, Neb.: 22

Estimated number of gallons of Kool-Aid that are consumed worldwide each year: 500 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of western clients hoping to find a Russian or Ukrainian bride on "romance tours" organized by dating giant Anastasia International from 2002 to 2009 who are now either married (13 percent) or in what qualifies as a lasting relationship (5.9 percent): 18.9

Percentage of respondents who became engaged but broke it off: 2.3

Source: Anastasia International Inc.

Average amount that the average American family will spend this year on back-to-school clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Consumer Intentions and Actions Back to School survey, conducted by BIGresearch: $606.40

Expected total spending on school-aged children in grades K-12: $21.35 billion

Projected combined K-12 and college spending, serving as the second biggest consumer spending event for retailers behind the winter holidays: $55.12 billion

Source: BIGresearch.

Percentage of employees and job-seekers who say they've become increasingly uncomfortable about discussing their salary and compensation with anyone, according to a survey on behalf of 17

Among those employees who are comfortable sharing salary information, percentage who are willing to discuss this information with their boss: 25

Percentage who will discuss this information with their financial adviser: 24


Percentage of Americans who say they are passionate about food, according to the Lawry's "What's Your Flavor" survey: 50

Percentage who watch cooking shows regularly: 34

Percentage of respondents who say they try a new flavor at least once a month: 66

Source: Harrison Group.

Percentage of Americans who fall into the "healthy lifestyle" category, by making healthy food and portion choices and by exercising regularly, according to the Nutrisystem Diet Index issued by Nutrisystem Inc.: 35

Percentage of American women who would take a summer without sex over gaining 10 pounds: 52

Source: Kelton Research.

Idle Thought

"How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success." -- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine, mystic

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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