Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 06, 2011

Percentage of American teens who think that their mom is "cool," according to a poll of American teens, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs: 63

Percentage of teens who think that dad is "cool": 47

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

Median tenure for private-sector workers in 2010, up from 3.5 years in 2002, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute: 4 years

Median job tenure for public-sector workers: 7.1 years

Source: EBRI.

Forecast percentage increase in Valentine's Day purchases from 2010, according to research by IBISWorld: 5.8

Total projected spending: $18.6 billion

Source: IBISWorld.

Percentage of Americans who predict that 2011 will be better than 2010, according to a Gallup Poll: 58

Percentage who say 2011 will be worse: 20

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of employers who said their company changed its business direction as a result of the recession, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 42

Percentage of those who shifted business direction who reported they changed their core business altogether or expanded into areas that will eventually become their core business: 27

Percentage of employers who reported that their current staffs are smaller than pre-recession levels: 35

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Year that wide reciever Randy Moss pretended to pull down his pants and "moon" the crowd at Lambeau Field after scoring his second touchdown in a Minnesota Vikings' 31-17 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers, according to Kidzworld: 2005

Year that wide receiver Joe Horn grabbed a cell phone that a teammate had hidden in the goal post's padding and called his mom, after scoring a touchdown for the New Orleans Saints: 2003

Year that the NFL decided to crack down on some of these celebrations by handing out penalties for any touchdown celebrations in which the player uses a prop or leaves his feet: 2006

Source: Kidzworld.

Percentage of all consumers who report their use of credit cards has decreased in the past six months, according to a poll by Market Strategies: 40

Percentage of consumers who indicate that they are likely to stop using their primary credit card altogether in the next six months: 25

Ranks of change in income (48 percent), changing interest rates (18 percent) and a decrease in credit limit (7 percent) on the list of reasons given for the move away from credit card use: 1, 2, 3

Source: Market Strategies International.

Ranks of Bella, Bailey and Max on the list of the most popular names for dogs in 2010, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Max, Bella and Chloe on the list of the most popular names for cats in 2010: 1, 2, 3

Source: Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Highest number of career Super Bowl touchdowns by any player -- San Francisco's Jerry Rice in 4 games -- according to SportsPool.com: 8

Number of career Super Bowl touchdowns by Franco Harris (Pittsburgh, 4 games), Roger Craig (San Francisco, 3 games), Thurman Thomas (Buffalo, 4 games), John Elway (Denver, 5 games): 4

Source: SportsPool.com.

Idle Thought

"Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration." -- William Hazlitt, essayist

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