Percentage of American consumers who compare prices when shopping for anything, according to a LendingTree survey: 96
Percentage who obtain just one home loan quote: 39
Percentage of homeowners who recognize they could save more than $100 a month by reducing their mortgage rate by one percent: 23
Source: Lending Tree.
With winter officially under way, record low winter temperature among continental U.S. cities, held by Bismarck, N.D., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 44 degrees below zero
Absolute coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was in Prospect Creek, Alaska: 80 degrees below zero
To put a different perspective on the word "lowest," -- record low temperature in Honolulu, Hawaii: 53 degrees
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who said that they would give up their bed before giving up their computer or television, according to a survey sponsored by Aaron's Inc.: 42
Percentage who said they would give up their computer last: 28
Percentage who chose their TV over a bed and a computer: 14
Source: Aaron's Inc.
Median number of years that full-time workers stay in their jobs, up slightly in 2010, and continuing a slow increase in job tenure that began in 2004, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute: 5.2
Median job tenure for women in 2010, an increase from 4.2 years in 1983: 5.1 years
Median job tenure for men in 2010, a drop from 5.9 years in 1983: 5.3 years
Rank of Subaru overall on the list of 2011 brand vehicles recognized for their projected retained value five years from now, according to Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Value Awards: 1
Rank of BMW on the list of best resale value for luxury brands: 1
Source: Kelley Blue Book.
Percentage of Americans making $25,000 per year or less who use the shower to relax and escape, according to a nationwide study conducted by Delta Faucet: 41
Percentage of men who say their dream shower would include more room for significant others: 40
Percentage of women who say their dream shower would have ambient music and lighting: 45
Source: MSL Group.
Percentage of workers who reported they put in more than 40 hours a week, according to a study from CareerBuilder that looks at indicators of being addicted to work and what workers can do to find a happy medium between work and personal time: 52
Percentage who work more than 50 hours: 15
Percentage who bring home work at least once a week, with 1-in-10 bringing home work at least every other day: 31
Percentage of drivers who say they engaged in distracted driving somehow, whether by texting, talking on a cell phone -- even kissing, according to a poll conducted for InsuranceQuotes.com by GfK Roper: 93
Percentage of American adults who acknowledge that being distracted while driving caused them to do one of the following: swerve into another lane, slam on the brakes, get a ticket, almost get into an accident or have a minor or major wreck: 40
Source: GfK Custom Research North America.
Rank of Marrakech, Morocco on the list of British Airways' top 10 destinations for 2011: 1
Ranks of San Diego, New York, and St. Kitts and Nevis on the list: 2, 3, 4
Source: British Airways.
Percentage of small- to midsized businesses that predict sales will increase or remain the same, according to a survey conducted by Zoomerang: 84
As a result of the positive outlook anticipated by the majority of respondents, percentage who indicated they are planning to hire new staff in the next 12 months: 25
Ranks of software (29 percent), hardware (24 percent) and the company website (17 percent) on the list of areas of focus that companies are preparing to update in 2011: 1, 2, 3
When asked what kind of help they would most appreciate if they were facing a serious health problem, percentage of Americans who said help staying connected with and updating other family and friends, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CaringBridge: 58
Percentage of Americans who choose "Told you so!" as one of the three things they would least like to hear from family and friends when facing a health challenge or illness: 84
Percentage of respondents who chose "I love you" as one of the three things they would most like to hear from family or friends: 73
"No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other." -- Jascha Heifetz, violinist (1901-1987)
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)