Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 05, 2011

Percentage of Americans who believe being called a "geek" is actually a compliment, according to a survey by Modis: 57

Percentage of Americans who most closely associate the term "geek" with being extremely intelligent: 45

Percentage who associate the term with one who is a reliable source for technology advice: 56

Source: Modis.

The ranks of San Francisco, Boston and Denver on the list of U.S. cities poised for greatness, based on five key areas of greatness -- including sports, art, music, culture and cosmopolitan factors, like leadership in energy and environmental design as well as population growth -- according to research commissioned by the makers of Edge Shave Gel: 1, 2, 3

Source: Energizer Holdings Inc.

Percentage of senior leaders and hiring managers in America's large Fortune 500 companies (5,000 or more employees) who say that 40 percent or more of their company's employees work in virtual teams today, according to the study, Virtual Work Environments in a Post-Recession Era, conducted on behalf of Brandman University by Forrester Consulting: 40

Percentage who expect virtual teaming to increase in the next one to three years: 56

Source: Brandman University.

With wedding season upon us, percentage of couples who addressed how they would manage their collective finances before marriage, according to a Country Financial survey: 51

Percentage of all married Americans who reported being honest with their spouses about their financial state during their engagement: 86

When deciding on a money-management style, percentage of couples who elect to manage their finances completely jointly: 71

Source: Country Financial.

Year that the New York Stock Exchange started (in good weather, merchants and brokers operated under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street; in bad weather they moved to the shelter of a nearby coffeehouse), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1792

Estimated percentage of U.S. households that own shares of stock: 20

Percentage that invest in mutual funds: 40

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

When American adults were asked if they agree or disagree that some online companies, such as Google or Facebook, control too much of our personal information and know too much about our browsing habits, percentage who agreed, according to findings of an Adweek/Harris Poll survey: 76

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of Americans who believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages, according to a recent Gallup Poll -- and a first-time majority in Gallup's tracking of the issue: 53

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of Americans who are cutting back on nonessential spending due to high gas prices, according to a national survey conducted by Bankrate.com: 63

Percentage of Americans who are less comfortable with their savings now compared to 12 months ago: 35

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of women who reported feeling good when they help those who are less fortunate, according to a recent Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of "Give Health," a Procter & Gamble program: 88

Percentage of women who say they wish to support causes they care about without having to donate a lot of money: 75

Percentage who would like to be able to back causes they care about through everyday purchases: 70

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of parents who require more child care during the summer months than during the rest of the year, according to a survey commissioned by Care.com: 53

Percentage of parents who have bigger expectations of their summer caregivers, expecting them to arrange for more outdoor activities and be actively engaged in field trips and play: 66

Source: Care.com.

Idle Thought

"Never memorize something you can look up." -- Albert Einstein

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