Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 29, 2012

Percentage of women who say they have at least one girlfriend who needs to simplify her life but can't or won't, according to a Wakefield Research, Schick Intuition brand survey: 71

Despite busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, percentage of women who are "yes" women and willing to accommodate everyone and everything: 59

Source: Wakefield Research.

Amount of money per gallon in hidden bank fees that drivers are paying every time they gas up, according to a study by the National Association of Convenience Stores: 6 to 10 cents

Estimated amount of money that convenience stores paid in card fees last year, a jump of almost 25 percent and an amount almost 90 percent greater than their profits: $11 billion

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Year that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution gave Congress the right to levy income taxes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1913

Estimated number of returns that were filed that year: 360,000

Estimated number of returns that now are submitted annually: 142.5 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of workers who said they would be somewhat or very likely to leave their current position if they didn't feel appreciated by their manager, according to a survey developed by OfficeTeam: 49

When asked what type of recognition they value most, percentage who said they prefer tangible rewards such as financial compensation or gift cards: 38

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of people who leave the door open while using the bathroom when they're home alone, according to a survey by Georgia-Pacific and conducted by Strategy One: 33

Percentage of respondents who read in the bathroom: 74

Percentage who talk on the phone: 47

Percentage who watch TV: 23

Source: Strategy One.

Average number of miles that motorists estimate a vehicle should go before it is sent into retirement, according to a national survey by Quaker State and conducted by Kelton Research: 200,000

Number of miles a vehicle will have accumulated before American car owners consider it to be "old": 147,000

Percentage of vehicle owners who are more concerned with engine upkeep than their vehicle's aesthetics on the inside or outside: 86

Source: Kelton Research.

Average amount of money that American families who have teenagers will spend on prom per child, according to a national survey by Visa: $1,078

Average amount spent by Northeastern families: $1,944

Average amount spent by Southern families: $1,047

Average amount spent by Midwestern families: $696

Average amount spent by Western families: $744

Source: Visa USA.

Percentage growth in annual U.S. wireless data traffic from 2010 (388 billion megabytes) to 2011 (866.7 billion megabytes), according to a semi-annual survey by the CTIA -- The Wireless Association trade group: 123

To put wireless data traffic of 2011 into perspective, if you were walking and listening to five songs per mile and each song lasted for four minutes in 2011, the number of miles you would walk: 173,364,056,929

Number of times around the world this represents: 6,962,132

Source: CTIA -- The Wireless Association.

Percentage of homeowners who are planning home improvement projects, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Sherwin-Williams: 70

Ranks of painting, landscaping and remodeling a room on the list of the most-desired needs: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of homeowners who believe a room or area of their home is currently in need of painting: 70

Source: Sherwin-Williams.

Percentage of American adults who are currently "watching" their diet, according to Mintel Research: 52

Percentage who report dieting because they want to lose weight: 60

Percentage of U.S. consumers who claim that they "always" or "usually" consult the Nutrition Facts Panel and/or ingredient the list to assess sodium levels when considering a food purchase: 44

Source: Mintel.

Idle Thought

"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world." -- John Locke, philosopher

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