Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 22, 2012

Percentage of U.S. adults who report that they typically pay for part of their vacation ahead of time, then use a combination of cash/credit/debit for expenses incurred during the trip, according to a survey done for RetailMeNot.com: 40

Percentage who tend to pay for their vacation in full before they depart, including setting aside money to use while on vacation: 32

Percentage of respondents who say that they usually pay for their vacation using credit, and then pay it off during and/or following the trip: 28

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Estimated number of wieners eaten by Americans on National Hot Dog Day (also known as Independence Day), according to a survey conducted by Toluna Omnibus: 150 million

If all were conventional hot dogs, estimated fat content of the wieners: 2.4 trillion grams

Estimated sodium content: 82.5 trillion milligrams

Source: Applegate.

Median annual household income in Asian-American homes headed by adults age 18 or older, according to research by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends: $66,000

Median annual household income in the homes of the general population headed by adults age 18 or older: $49,800

Percentage of Asian-Americans who say they are satisfied with life: 82

Percentage of the general public who say the same: 75

Source: Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends.

Percentage of people who don't go to bed until they have checked to see if their friends have posted any new updates on the social networks they share, according to a survey by Ipsos Marketing: 21

Just in case those friends had any thoughts or activities to report during the night, percentage of people who say they check their friends' social networking updates within the first hour after they wake up each day: 17

Source: Marketing Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange.

In 2009, percentage of undergraduate computing and information sciences degrees that were awarded to women, according to research by L'Oreal: 18

In 1985, percentage of these degrees earned by women: 37

Source: L'Oreal.

When exposed to a common cold virus, percentage less likely that parents were to develop a cold than non-parents, according to research led by Carnegie Mellon University's Sheldon Cohen and Rodlescia S. Sneed: 52

Percentage less likely that parents with one or two children were to get sick: 48

Percentage less likely that parents with three or more children were to get sick: 61

Source: Carnegie Mellon University.

Year that heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, an African-American, met former champ Jim Jeffries, known as "the great white hope," in a bout in Reno, Nev., according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1910

Round that Jeffries, badly outclassed, conceded the fight, which sparked race riots in 50 cities in 25 states: 15

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of fit, style, price, comfort and fiber content on the list of the most important wedding gown features for today's brides, according to the Cotton Inc. Lifestyle Monitor Survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Over the last three years, percentage decline in the desire for a traditional wedding, giving way to destination, unique and "green" or eco-friendly weddings: 30

Source: Cotton Inc.

In 2011, total worldwide ad spending, according to Nielsen Research: $488 billion

Over the next decade, estimated consumer worldwide ad spending: $450 trillion

Source: Nielsen Media Research.

Percentage of Brits who experience some form of motoring mishap when traveling abroad and say it's finally time for the UK's driving laws to fall in line with Europe, according to Confused.com: 66

Percentage of road trips from Britain to Europe that end in a crash or bump: 20

Source: Confused.com.

Idle Thought

"Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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