Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 20, 2012

Percentage of women who see a glass ceiling in corporate America, according to Treasury and Risk, the leading Summit Business publication and website for CFOs, treasurers, risk managers and senior financial executives: 82

Percentage of men who see a glass ceiling: 41

Source: Summit Business Media.

Percentage of men and women across the U.S. who said it was important to recognize a person by name when doing business, according to a survey conducted by Social Science Research Solutions for Imprint Plus: 96

Percentage of all respondents who stated that it is important to identify a sales person by name: 70

Source: Social Science Research Solutions.

Percentage of all exported tequila, 108 million liters per year, that is purchased in the United States, which now consumes more tequila than Mexico, according to research by Corcoran Associates and CRT Consejo Regulador del Tequila A.C.: 80

Source: CRUZ del Sol Tequila.

Ranks of going to the movies (35 percent), going out for dinner (23 percent), going to a party (17 percent), going for a walk or outdoor adventure (13 percent), or even mini-golf (1 percent) on the list of the most popular first dates, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage who agree that they like to incorporate going to a movie into a date night: 57

Source: Ipsos Reid Public Affairs.

Percentage average salary increase for nurses over the last year, according to UBM Medica's Physician's Practice 2012 Staff Salary Survey: 4

Percentage average salary increase for nurse managers over the last year: 12

Source: UBM Medica U.S.

Percentage of teens who say it would be much easier for them to postpone sex and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations with their parents, according to a survey from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: 87

Percentage of young people age 12 to 19 who agree with the statement: "It doesn't matter whether you use birth control or not, when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen": 42

Source: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Percentage of Americans who say they are concerned about being able to support themselves financially should they become disabled and unable to work, according to research from the nonprofit LIFE Foundation: 75

Percentage of working Americans who say they would have trouble supporting themselves financially "immediately" following a disability that keeps them out of work: 25

Source: LIFE Foundation.

Percentage of Americans who would rather get a good night's sleep than have sex, according to a national survey by the Better Sleep Council: 61

Percentage of women who agreed: 79

Estimated percentage of Americans who fall asleep somewhere other than their bed at least once a week: 50

Source: Better Sleep Council.

Increase in the percentage share of babies born to unmarried mothers from 1960 to 2008, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press: 800

By 2008, percentage of all babies born in the U.S. who were born to an unwed mother: 40

Percentage of millennials (ages 18 to 30) who see it as a change for the worse, compared to 62 percent of Gen Xers (ages 31 to 46), 67 percent of baby boomers (ages 47 to 65) and 76 percent of the silent generation (over 65), according to a survey conducted in 2011: 52

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Percentage of consumers who said the great outdoors is their preferred place to cook during the warmer months, according to nationwide poll results released from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association: 85

Percentage of grill and smoker owners who cook year-round: 62

Source: Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

Idle Thought

"A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living." -- Henry David Thoreau

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