Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 26, 2014

Average percentage more that last-minute planners will pay to stay in Manhattan hotels over the Super Bowl weekend than they would normally for the same room, according to a survey by Cheaphotels.org: 139

During Super Bowl XLVIII, rate for a night's stay at the Days Inn in North Bergen, N.J., just a few miles from the Super Bowl site at MetLife Stadium, and up from its normal rate of $125 per night: $1,300.

Source: Cheaphotels.org.

After a New Year's resolution peak lasting five days, percentage drop in diet searches by Jan. 6th, according to data from Experian: 30

Rank of Thanksgiving on the list of days with the lowest volume of diet searches: 1

Source: Experian Public Relations.

Year that the Green Bay Packers opened the Super Bowl era by defeating the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee and a key interception by all-pro safety Willie Wood, according to NFL.com: 1967

Bonus per man collected by the Packers -- the largest single-game share in the history of team sports: $15,000

Bonus per man collected by the Chiefs: $7,500

Source: NFL.com.

Rank of Tom Hanks on the 2013 list of America's favorite movie stars, according to a survey by Harris Interactive: 1

Other years he has held the title: 2002, 2004 and 2005

Rank of Denzel Washington, last year's favorite movie star: 2

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of advertising executives who said they would jump at the chance to work on a high-profile campaign, according to a survey by The Creative Group: 74

Percentage of executives who admitted they would be overwhelmed by all the work: 10

Source: The Creative Group.

Percentage of employers who report they have problems attracting critical-skill employees, according to a Towers Watson study: 66

Percentage who say they have trouble attracting high-potential employees: 49

Percentage of respondents who say they have a hard time attracting top-performing employees: 48

Percentage of employers who have problems retaining critical-skill employees (with percentages trending upward the last four years): 41

Source: Towers Watson.

Percentage of top managers with children who say parenthood has been an obstacle to job advancement: 17

Percentage of other working parents who say parenthood has been an obstacle to job advancement: 33

Percentage of bosses who report they are very satisfied with their current job: 69

Percentage of workers who say the same: 48

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

Cost of a parking spot for cars at the Super Bowl, according to New York Daily News' Gary Myers: $150

Cost to park a bus: $350

Source: NY Daily News.

Percentage of Americans who expect to make more, save more and shop more in 2014, according to a survey conducted by RetailMeNot: 70

Despite the positive 2014 outlook, percentage of married individuals who carried $500 or more in debt into 2014: 19

Percentage of consumers who used credit cards (non-store or store-branded credit cards) to pay for their winter holiday gifts in 2013: 62

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Amount of charitable contributions shown on the average U.S. tax return, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: $4,300

Percentage of Americans who are involved in some kind of charitable work: 25

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Idle Thought

"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is." -- Margaret Mitchell, novelist

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