Figuratively Speaking for September 26, 2010

Percentage of wannabe millionaire Brits who would give up sex for a year to become a millionaire, according to the results of a study into British attitudes toward getting rich by InterCasino: 49

Percentage who would shut down their Facebook profile: 33

Percentage of guys who admit that they would sleep with a stranger to make a million: 45

Percentage of women who would do the same: 17

Source: InterCasino.

Percentage of parents who are saving for their children's college education, up from 59 percent last year, according to a survey of parents across the country by the College Savings Foundation: 65

Percentage of parents who weren't saving at all, down from 41 percent in 2009: 35

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Percentage of American commuters who would be willing to commute as long as necessary to accept a new job they found very interesting, according to The Hartford's 2010 Drivability Survey: 10

Percentage of drivers who would at least consider a job offer that involves a commute of more than 30 minutes each way: 77

Source: The Hartford.

Percentage of divorcees and widowers who want to find a partner but do not want to remarry, according to a survey by Meetcha.com: 53

Percentage of never-married singles who shared this sentiment: 36

Percentage of respondents who said what they like least about dating at this time is that it is hard to meet others their age: 74

Source: Meetcha.com.

Percentage of children in the U.S. who live with a grandparent, a percentage that rose sharply from 2007 to 2008, the first year of the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data: 10

Percentage of all children who live with a grandparent (or grandparents) that are also being raised primarily by that grandparent: 41

Number of children this represents: 2.9 million

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

After new versions of the iPod were recently launched, percentage of Facebook users who voted the portable media playing device their "most prized possession," according to a survey carried out on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble: 12

Percentage who voted for the Blackberry: 11.5

Percentage who said their iPhone: 10

Source: Protect Your Bubble.

Percentage of empty nest opportunist (ENO) parents in the U.K. who said that when it comes to love lives, they had noticed a marked improvement since their children left, according to a survey by UNITE: 84

Percentage of ENOs who used their children leaving for college as a chance to make a clean break and leave an unhappy relationship: 19

Source: UNITE.

Percentage decline in 2009 from 2008 in drunk-driving fatalities -- those in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation: 7.4

Percentage decline since 2000: 19

Source: Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).

Percentage of teachers who see alcohol as having the greatest negative impact on teens, according to the results of a national survey released by the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest: 70

Percentage of police who agree: 51

Percentage of teachers who cited marijuana: 51

Percentage of police who agree: 69

Source: Fabrizio, Ward and Associates.

Ranks of living maintenance-free with convenient access to amenities, not being able to afford the costs associated with homeownership, living in great neighborhoods and flexibility to move among the top reasons to be a renter, according to an Apartments.com survey: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Apartments.com.

Idle Thought

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." -- Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher

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

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