Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 29, 2012

Percentage of U.S. travelers who believe people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, according to a TripAdvisor survey: 83

Ranks of blasting loud music, people not picking up after their dogs and beach chair hogging on the list of the top beach violations: 1, 2, 3

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of women who said they shopped at a dollar store in the past year, according to a ShopSmart poll: 75

Percentage of those respondents who said they were hitting these retailers more often than they used to -- one of the biggest reasons being that dollar stores have gone mainstream with a wide selection of national brands: 75

Source: ShopSmart magazine.

Percentage of respondents who agree that when one or both partners in a couple has poor self-confidence, relationship problems ensue, according to a survey by YourTango.com: 89

Percentage of respondents who agree that feeling attractive and confident has a profound influence on their coupled bliss: 90

Rank of "exercise and eating right" on the list of ways to feeling "irresistible" for both genders: 1

Source: YourTango.com.

Year the tape measure was patented by Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Conn. -- his version had a feature still used today: a spring click lock to hold the tape at any desired point -- according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1868

Length of the most elegant tape measure ever made -- it was gold plated and was presented to New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle in 1956 to honor his longest home run: 600 feet

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the 63,172 men from 14 countries who participated in a survey by TheModernMan.com, percentage who believe that modern women have become too mean, aloof and indifferent when it comes to dating: 74

Percentage of guys who are hoping to find a girlfriend, rather than just knowing how to seduce someone so they get another "notch on their belt" to brag to friends about: 91

Source: The Modern Man.

Percentage of CFOs who said formal evaluations are either somewhat or very effective in helping employees improve their performance, according to an Accountemps survey: 94

Percentage of workers who disagreed, calling these appraisals either somewhat or very ineffective: 31

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of employed Americans who say their boss is easy to work with, according to a survey conducted for Healthy Companies International: 73

Percentage who say their boss listens to some people, and is sometimes hard to work with: 21

Percentage of respondents who say the boss never listens to others and is hard to work with: 6

Source: Healthy Companies International.

Rank of home teeth whitening systems on the list of best-selling health and beauty products in 2012, significantly overtaking shaving, massaging and weight-loss products -- which accounted for the top five health and beauty favorites last year, according to a study released by Rakuten's Buy.com: 1

Source: Rakuten Buy.com.

Ranks of the U.K., Germany, Italy and Japan in a new energy-efficiency ranking of the world's major economies, according to the first-ever International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 1, 2, 3, 4

Rank of the U.S. out of 12 economies scored: 9

Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Percentage of teens who incorrectly think that using a debit card is borrowing the bank's money rather than using their own money, according to a survey by Capital One and ING Direct USA: 24

Ranks of learning to save (35 percent) and understanding how to budget (28 percent) on the list of the most important lessons teens want to know when learning how to manage money: 1, 2

Source: ING Direct.

Idle Thought

"People change and forget to tell each other." -- Lillian Hellman, playwright

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