Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 15, 2012

When asked what they drink at happy hours or company parties, percentage of CEOs who said they don't drink alcoholic beverages at company events, according to a CareerBuilder survey titled "Emulating the Big Cheese": 32

Percentage who drink wine: 26

Percentage who drink beer: 22

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of Americans who rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress as "low" or "very low," tying the record "low"/"very low" rating measured for any profession historically, according to a Gallup poll: 64

Ranks of nurses, pharmacists, doctors, high school teachers and police officers on the list of those professions rated the highest in honesty and ethical standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople and telemarketers on the list of those professions rated the lowest: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Gallup. Contact Tracy Sugar at 609924-9600 or email tracey_sugar@gallup.com.

Age at which baby boomers (who once said, "Don't trust anyone over 30") now think old age starts, according to a study by Marist Institute for Home Instead Senior Care: 77

Age at which millennials said they considered someone to be old: 62

Age at which Generation Xers said they considered someone to be old: 71

Source: Home Instead Senior Care.

Estimated percentage of Americans who have made New Year's resolutions in 2012, according to the Nestle Raisinets New Year Health Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive: 32

Percentage of those who already know they will break them at some point in the New Year: 60

Source: Nestle.

Rank of Brad Pitt on the list of the top moneymaking stars of 2011 for bringing more traffic to theaters than any other Hollywood star based on his performances in "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life" and "Happy Feet Two" (voice), according to the Quigley Publishing Co.'s "80th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors": 1

Number of appearances made by Pitt in the poll, though this marks his first win: 6

Source: Quigley Publishing Co.

Rank of a sense of humor on the list of qualities that people find attractive in a person over other traits like physical appearance and intelligence, according to a study conducted by TV Land: 1

Percentage of people who agree that laughter, as a personality trait, can open doors and create opportunities in the workplace: 70

Percentage of people who agree that everyone needs laughter in their life: 92

Source: TV Land.

Percentage of employed Americans who reported financial stress stemming from spending during the holiday season, according to a poll by Workplace Options: 64

Percentage who said they felt guilty about abandoning work responsibilities to take personal time off over the holidays: 31

Percentage of respondents who felt guilty about personal health after holiday meals: 47

Source: Workplace Options.

Estimated number of interstate household moves handled by United Van Lines among the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., in 2011, according to the results of United Van Lines' 35th annual "migration" study: 146,000

Ranks of the District of Columbia, Oregon, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida on the list of destinations with the highest percentage of inbound migration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Michigan and West Virginia on the high-outbound traffic list: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: United Van Lines.

Percentage of IT operations and development professionals who have more than 10 mission-critical applications under their watch, with many being customer-facing and a surprising percentage processing more than 10,000 transactions a day, according to AppDynamics: 40

Percentage of respondents who reported that they have experienced at least one Severity 1 problem in regard to mission-critical apps in the past 12 months: 80

Percentage who experienced five or more such problems: 50

Source: AppDynamics.

Year of the Boston Tea Party when protesters boarded ships in Boston Harbor and dumped many crates of valuable tea into the harbor to protest British tax policies, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1773

Though tea is no longer the expensive and dominant drink of choice, average amount of the beverage Americans drink per person each year: 9 gallons

Average amount of coffee Americans drink each year: 23 gallons

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Idle Thought

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." -- Bradley Miller, activist

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