Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 15, 2011

Percentage of parents who report that their children typically go to mom first with money questions, according to a survey by T. Rowe Price: 61

Percentage of moms who grade themselves with an "A" on their financial knowledge: 17

Percentage of dads who grade themselves with an "A": 28

Source: T. Rowe Price.

Projected wealth among millionaire households in 25 of the world's major economies in 2020 (from an estimated $92 trillion this year), according to a report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services: $202 trillion

Ranks of China, Brazil and Russia on the list of countries expected to be the driving forces in the growth of millionaire wealth: 1, 2, 3

Rank of Switzerland on the list of countries having the highest per capita wealth among millionaires ($4.2 million in 2011): 1

In 2020, predicted percentage of the world's wealth held by millionaire households in the U.S.: 43

Source: Deloitte LLP.

Ranks of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Charlie Sheen, Gary Busey, Lindsay Lohan and The Situation on the list of the "least desired" celebrity travel companions, according to an poll: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of Ellen Degeneres (earning twice as many votes as the second-place candidate), Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray on the list of favorite daytime-talk-show-host travel companions: 1, 2, 3

Source: Expedia.

Year that the word "locavore" -- or one who eats food grown locally whenever possible -- was chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the word of the year, according to Mintel: 2007

Percentage growth in the "local" claim on U.S. restaurant menus in the past year alone: 13

Source: Mintel.

Ranks of Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark on the list of countries where it's best to be a mother, according to Save the Children's 2011 State of the World's Mothers report, which ranks 164 countries on women's access to health care, education and opportunities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of the United States on the list: 31

United States' rate for maternal mortality -- the highest of any industrialized nation: 1 in 2,100

Source: Save the Children.

Percentage of American singles who say that if a first date isn't going as planned, they would actually call it a night and leave within the first 30 minutes of the date, according to 12

If your date isn't getting the hint that you aren't a match made in heaven, percentage who agree you should politely explain you aren't interested: 52

Percentage of singles who disapprove of ending the date between the sheets: 80


Ranks of Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; and Machu Picchu, Peru, on the list of travelers' choice destinations, according to a survey by TripAdvisor travelers: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of New York City, Honolulu and San Francisco on the list of top choices in the U.S.: 1, 2, 3

Source: TripAdvisor.

In 2010, number of stranded motorists who were helped by the AAA during the summer driving season, with nearly half a million receiving assistance during the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone, according to the American Automobile Association: 9.3 million

Number of driving miles logged by Americans in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007, according to Consumer Reports: 3 trillion


Year of the Battle of Puebla (when outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III), according to Chase's Calendar of Events and the U.S. Census Bureau: 1862

Date this victory is celebrated annually -- the celebration evolving from one of military victory to a colorful and vibrant event celebrating Mexican culture: May 5 (Cinco de Mayo)

Number of people of Mexican descent in the U.S. -- 10 percent of the total population: 31.7 million

Number of these who live in either California or Texas: 19.6 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Estimated percentage of IT professionals of Indian origin who are planning to return to their homeland, according to a survey conducted by 50

Percentage of Indians with permanent residency or citizenship elsewhere who intend to return: 57

Percentage of respondents who said their primary reason for the return to India is to rejoin their family members: 51


Idle Thought

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him." -- Aldous Huxley, novelist

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)