Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 04, 2012

Percentage of Apple fans who would like to have lunch with Steve Jobs, according to the results of a poll by ProtectYourBubble.com: 33.6

Percentage who would want to break bread with Albert Einstein: 27.3

Percentage who would want to spend time with JFK: 23.1

Source: Protect Your Bubble.

Percentage of Americans who say they feel closer to their family when sharing a meal together, according to a survey fielded by ORC International: 94

Percentage of respondents who say they would like to eat together as a family more than four nights a week: 75

Percentage who actually do: 44

Source: Olive Garden.

Ranks of London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok on the list of the top cities around the world to hail a taxi, according to the annual global taxi survey compiled by Hotels.com: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Globally, approximate percentage of people who are willing to tip a taxi driver: 46

Source: Hotels.com.

In the 54 days from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, 2011, percentage of products that were on sale on Black Friday below their initial holiday season price, according to a study by ShopAdvisor that tracked the prices of 252 toys: 46

If Santa had purchased all 252 for his bag on Black Friday, amount of money he would have saved compared to the original holiday season prices: $515

Source: ShopAdvisor.

Percentage of Americans who say that when it comes to vacuuming, they cut corners by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor, according to a Kenmore brand survey: 49

Percentage of Americans who occasionally or never take off their shoes before entering the house: 50

Source: Russell Research.

Percentage of people who enjoy spending time with their in-laws on Thanksgiving, according to a study by Wayfair.com: 70

Percentage of survey respondents who would rather do just about anything else -- whether that be washing the Thanksgiving Day dishes, going to work or standing in Black Friday lines: 30

Percentage of this year's Thanksgiving gatherings that will include more than 10 people around the table: 33

Source: Wayfair.com.

Percentage of American small business owners who say that using business cards to network is "very impactful," according to an Ipsos poll conducted for MOO.com: 34

Number of business cards given out by the average American small business owner in a given month: 40

Source: MOO.com.

As announced in February 2012, the historic joint state-federal settlement among 49 state attorneys general, the federal government and the country's five largest mortgage servicers, amount of money provided in relief to distressed borrowers and states, according to Enterprise Community Partners: $25 billion

To date, amount states have planned to spend for housing and foreclosure-related activities: $977 million

Source: Enterprise Community Partners Inc.

Percentage of managers and supervisors who say that "it's important for them to continue improving their skills in managing distressed workers," according to a poll conducted on behalf of Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace: 91

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

Percentage of Americans who believe that using a free Wi-Fi connection can lead to identity theft, according to a survey conducted with Private WiFi: 79

Percentage who admitted to accessing confidential work-related information while using a public hotspot: 57

Source: Private WiFi.

Percentage of employees in 24 countries who say they would be very likely to take a full-time job in another country for two to three years with a 10 percent pay increase, according to a poll conducted by global research company Ipsos: 25

Percentage of global employees who agree that "there is nothing my employer could do to convince me to take an international assignment": 35

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail. -- Abraham Maslow

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