Ranks of Vienna, Zurich, Auckland (New Zealand) and Munich in the 2011 quality of living worldwide city rankings by Mercer: 1, 2, 3, 4
Ranks of Honolulu and San Francisco on the list -- the highest-ranking American cities: 29, 30
Percentage of Americans who visit bars who agree a good bartender is more important than how trendy or stylish the decor of the bar is, according to a survey on behalf of Sailor Jerry Rum: 76
Percentage of respondents who tip a bartender more than 15 percent: 74
Percentage who also believe that the better they tip, the better service they will receive: 74
Source: Sailor Jerry Rum.
Percentage of Americans who say that if they earned between $60,000 and $100,000 a year they would consider themselves rich, according to a Gallup poll: 12
Percentage of Americans who say they would need in excess of $1 million in savings in cash, stocks, real estate and other investments in order to consider themselves rich, including 14 percent who say they would need $5 million or more: 26
Percentage of American adults who make one or more resolutions each year, according to author Serge Prengel: 40 to 45
Percentage of respondents who maintain these resolutions past the first week: 75
Percentage who make it past six months: 46
Number of times more likely that people who explicitly make New Year's resolutions are to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions: 10
Number of mobile applications that are downloaded worldwide each month, according to Mobile Future: 1 billion
Amount of money paid by Apple alone to independent app developers: $3 billion
Source: Mobile Future.
Percentage of Americans who rate themselves an 8, 9 or 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 in good looks, according to a LivingSocial survey conducted by Mandala Research: 32
Percentage who say they deserve at least a 7: 56
Percentage of respondents who say people in their city are overweight: 50
Percentage who agree that women in their city are beautiful: 46
Percentage who say that men in their city are handsome: 36
Percentage of U.S. adults who have gone shopping or purchased something solely because they were in a bad mood, otherwise known as "retail therapy," according to a CouponCabin.com survey conducted by Harris Interactive: 24
Percentage of women who said they've shopped in pursuit of retail therapy: 31
Percentage of men who said the same: 16
Percentage of leading privately held businesses that have made innovation a priority -- 33 percent of them to a great extent and 42 percent to some extent -- according to chief executives surveyed for PricewaterhouseCooper's Private Company Trendsetter Barometer: 75
Percentage of innovation-focused private companies that expect their innovations (ranging from incremental to breakthrough) will have a significant impact on the way they do business over the next one to three years: 47
Source: PwC Private Company Services.
Ranks of Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Eric Church's "Smoke a Little Smoke" on the list of the top played songs of 2011, according to TouchTunes Interactive Networks: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of Kid Rock, AC/DC and Jason Aldean on the list of the top artists 2011: 1, 2, 3
Source: TouchTunes Interactive Networks.
Increase (to 64.8 points) in the Country Financial Security Index in December, showing Americans' confidence in both their ability to pay debts and their overall financial state: 1.6
Percentage of respondents who say 2012 will be better than 2011: 30
Ranks of reducing debt (27 percent) and boosting savings (19 percent) on the list of the top 2012 personal priorities for Americans: 1, 2
Source: Country Financial.
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." -- Lin Yutang, writer and translator
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)