Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 23, 2014

Of Americans who will travel this holiday season, ranks of visiting with friends and family, dining and shopping on the list of what will be the most popular activities, according to the 2013/2014 AAA year-end forecast: 1, 2, 3

Source: AAA.

Date that the first Thanksgiving service known to be held by Europeans in North America occurred in Newfoundland, although earlier church-type services were probably held by Spaniards in La Florida, according to data prepared by the Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History, in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services, Smithsonian Institution: May 27, 1578

For British New England, year that some historians believe the Popham Colony in Maine conducted a Thanksgiving service: 1607

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of their work hours that actually go to their primary job duties as stated by enterprise workers, according to a survey commissioned by AtTask, the leader in Enterprise Work Management and conducted online by Harris Poll: 45

Percentage of workers citing excessive email as a leading factor to stymied productivity: 43

Source: AtTask.

Percentage of U.S. adults who say celebrity gossip/scandal stories are over-covered in U.S. news media today, according to the results of The Harris Poll: 76

Percentage who feel U.S. elections are over-covered in U.S. news media: 33

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of shoppers who said getting ahead of the deals motivated them to incorporate shopping into their traditional Thanksgiving festivities, according to an Alliance Data Retail Services survey: 49

Percentage of respondents who waited until after the pumpkin pie had been polished off -- 5 p.m. or later -- to hit the stores: 36

Source: Alliance Data Retail Services.

Percentage of Americans who believe that relationships formed through online dating sites are just as likely to succeed as relationships formed elsewhere, according to a survey by YouGov: 36

Of those respondents who indicated that they have ever used online dating sites or apps, percentage who have felt that someone they saw on an online dating site or app was misrepresenting themselves: 44

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of people worldwide who say that vacations make them feel happier, better rested, closer to their family, less stressed and more relaxed, according to the results of the 2014 Vacation Deprivation study, an annual study of vacation habits among employed adults across 24 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America by Expedia: 80 to 90

Percentage of Americans who feel "very" or "somewhat" vacation deprived: 54

Source: Expedia.

Among 2014 college graduates currently working, percentage who said their job is related to their college major: 51

Percentage of the grads who say "making a lot of money" is more important in their job than "making a difference" who are in a full-time position, compared to 28 percent of those who think the reverse: 51

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Based on bookings, ranks of Cancun, Rome, London and Paris on the list of international destinations chosen by ASTA's (American Society of Travel Agents) 2014 Hot Spots for Winter survey: 1, 2, 3, 4

When asked about the top country/region destinations, ranks of Mexico, Italy and the Caribbean on the list of hot spots: 1, 2, 3

Source: American Society of Travel Agents.

Idle Thought

"There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all." -- Ogden Nash

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