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 Expedia.com 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 Match.com: 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

Source: Match.com.

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

Source: AutoMD.com.

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 Corp-Corp.com: 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

Source: Corp-Corp.com.

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)bwr.eastlink.ca.)