Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 24, 2012

Percentage of Americans who believe that the early bird gets the worm, and that the most successful people get their day started early with an energized morning, according to a survey released by Kraft Foods: 84

Percentage of millennials who describe themselves as an early bird: 28

Percentage of baby boomers who describe themselves as an early bird: 63

Source: Kraft Foods.

Percentage of Americans who think China is the leading economic power in the world today, according to a Gallup poll: 53

Percentage who think it is the United States: 33

In the year 2000, percentage who gave that title to the U.S.: 65

Percentage who said China: 10

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of employees who say workplace stress makes it difficult to focus on tasks, according to a survey by ComPsych Corporation: 56.3

Percentage who say stress causes them to commit errors or miss deadlines: 21

Percentage who say stress causes conflict with co-workers and superiors: 15.5

Source: ComPsych Corp.

Percentage of adults who view opening an email attachment as high-risk, according to a study from Webroot: 81

Percentage who feel the same level of risk about an in-person meeting: 72

Percentage of respondents who say that a lost laptop, tablet or netbook is about the same or worse as having your wallet or purse stolen: 61

Source: Webroot Software Inc.

Percentage of respondents who said softness was the No. 1 feature they valued in a bathroom tissue, according to a survey by Georgia-Pacific and conducted by Strategy One: 80

Percentage who cited absorbency: 57

Percentage who prefer that their toilet paper come from the top of the roll: 72

Source: Strategy One.

Percentage of Americans who aren't happy that the U.S. population has never stopped expanding from just over 200 million in 1970 to more than 300 million today, according to a poll for Numbers USA Education and Research Foundation: 52

Percentage of U.S. voters who approve of the current rate of growth that the U.S. Census Bureau states will double the U.S. population from 313 million today to over 600 million by the end of the century: 10

Percentage of Americans who said they would prefer no more population growth at all: 46

Source: NumbersUSA.

Amount of aggregated bank card credit limits, steady for the past six months and 6.6 percent higher than the low point set in February 2011, according to Equifax's May National Consumer Credit Trends Report: $2.4 trillion

From April 2010 to April 2012, percentage decline in bank card balance write-off rates (from 13.2 percent to less than 6 percent): 7.2

Percentage rise in new bank card issuance in February 2012, relative to the same month a year ago: 37

Source: Equifax.

Decade when outdoor grilling became a popular recreation in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1920s

Decade when Henry Ford first produced charcoal briquets using scrap wood left over from making Model T's: 1920s

Percentage of U.S. adults who enjoy grilling out: 33

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Of professionals who expect to stay and work overseas for up to five years, percentage who have already been overseas for more than five years, according to research commissioned by the Hydrogen Group: 45

Percentage who plan to apply for permanent residency: 50

Source: Hydrogen Group.

Ranks of Nice, France, Mykonos, Greece, and Maui, Hawaii, on the list of the best summer vacation destinations, according to travel experts and U.S. News and World Report: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Yellowstone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Lisbon, Portugal, on the list of the best cheap summer vacations: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone on the list of the most affordable family summer vacations: 1, 2, 3

Source: U.S. News and World Report.

Idle Thought

"It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them." -- Cesare Beccaria, philosopher and politician

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