Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 05, 2012

Percentage of Americans satisfied with the size and power of the federal government, a record-low, according to a poll by Gallup: 29

Percentage satisfied with the size and power of major corporations: 29

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

Percentage of Americans who have no financial reserves, according to a Country Financial survey: 33

When it comes to savings, percentage of respondents who were able to set aside enough money to go five or more months without a paycheck and still pay their bills: 24

Percentage who say they could not go any amount of time without a paycheck before resorting to skipping bill payments: 33

Source: Country Financial.

Year that the New York City Council passed an ordinance (the result of a campaign by the National Anti-Cigarette League, the first to use the term "coffin nails" for cigarettes) making it illegal for women to smoke in public, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1908

Year that all laws of this kind were revoked (at the time, a number of cities had banned smoking, along with the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee) since they were not only difficult to enforce but added to the allure of smoking: 1917

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record, number that have occurred since the year 2000, according to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies: 9

The only year from the 20th century in the top 10 warmest years on record: 1998

Source: NASA.

Percentage of employees connected online to their workplace who report they telecommute on a frequent basis, according to a poll conducted by global research company Ipsos for Reuters News: 17

Percentage who say they work every day from home: 7

Ranks of India (56 percent), Indonesia (34 percent) and Mexico (30 percent) on the list of countries where employees are most likely to be pursuing this form of employment: 1, 2, 3

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Ranks of the margarita, the martini and the rum and Coke on the list of the most popular mixed drinks nationwide, according to data from The Beverage Information Group: 1, 2, 3

Source: Beverage Information Group. Contact Adam Rogers at (630) 762-8709 or email arogers@m2media360.com.

Percentage of U.S. adults who say they currently watch NFL football (73 percent of men; 55 percent of women), according to findings of an Adweek/Harris Poll survey by Harris Interactive: 64

Percentage who say they spend six or more hours per week watching professional football: 40

Source: Harris Interactive.

Rank of Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on the list of the top individual telecasts of 2011 with 111 million viewers (37.7 percent of U.S. viewers aged 2 and older), making it the most-watched telecast of all time, according to Nielsen's Top 10s: 1

Ranks of the FOX Network's Super Bowl XLV Kickoff, FOX's Super Bowl Post Game, the AFC Championship on CBS, and the NFC Championship on FOX on the list: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

Of the past 20 Super Bowls, number of games that have been won by the team whose city has the lower unemployment rate -- a remarkable 85 percent success rate, according to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment data by outplacement firm RiseSmart: 17

Through November, the 2011 unemployment rate for the Boston metropolitan area: 6.8 percent

Through November, the 2011 unemployment rate for the New York metropolitan area: 8.5 percent

Source: RiseSmart.

Estimated number of Americans who will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant while watching the NFL championship game on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a National Restaurant Association survey: 48 million

Estimated number who are expected to visit a restaurant or bar to watch the big game: 12 million

Ranks of salsa, dips or spreads, chicken wings, and pizza on the list of must-have foods for watching the big game: 1, 2, 3

Source: National Restaurant Association.

Idle Thought

"There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures." -- James Thurber

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