Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 16, 2014

Though a person is more likely to hit a deer in Hawaii or get struck by an asteroid, percentage of Americans who dream about winning the lottery a least a few times per year, according to research from YouGov Omnibus: 58

Percentage of Americans who claim to think about it on a daily basis: 10

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of global citizens who appear to be generally happy -- either very happy (20 percent) or somewhat happy (55 percent), according to a poll by global research company Ipsos: 75

Ranks of Indonesia (55 percent), India (41 percent), Mexico (38 percent), Brazil (33 percent), South Africa (26 percent) and the U.S. (26 percent) on the list of countries with the highest percentage of people who say they are very happy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (tie)

Ranks of South Korea (6 percent), Hungary (8 percent), Italy (9 percent), China (10 percent), France (11 percent), Germany (11 percent) and Russia (11 percent) on the list of countries with the lowest percentage of people who say they are very happy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (three-way tie)

Source: Ipsos Global Public Affairs.

Estimated number of African-Americans living in the U.S. (counting single race or in combination with others), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 44 million

By 2060, projected African-American population -- 18.4 percent of the U.S. population: 77 million

Estimated number of blacks in New York, the largest number of any state: 3.5 million

Rank of Mississippi at 38 percent on the list of states with the highest percentage of blacks: 1

Source: Census Bureau.

Percentage of employed workers who said it's been at least five years since they last looked for a new job, according to an Accountemps survey: 48

Of those, percentage who haven't conducted a job search in more than a decade: 30

Percentage of employees polled who said they plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months: 20

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of male respondents who said they would have sex with an adult-film star, compared to only 10 percent of the female respondents, according to a survey by AdamAndEve.com: 40

Source: Adam & Eve.

Rank of the Labrador retriever on the most popular dog list for the 23rd consecutive year, the longest reign at the top in the history of the American Kennel Club: 1

Ranks of the German shepherd, golden retriever and beagle on the list: 2, 3, 4

Source: American Kennel Club.

Percentage of small and medium-sized business owners who say they don't have the right skills to use data effectively (though recognizing the importance of collecting, analyzing and using business-related data), according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit: 22

Percentage of respondents who say they cannot get data to pay off for them due to lack of skills: 30

Percentage who say they can't get data into the right hands: 23

Source: WebiMax.

Average monthly apartment rental cost in the U.S. in 2013, up 3.2 percent for all of 2013, according to Reis Inc.: $1,083

Percentage of former homeowners who said they prefer renting: 46

Source: Apartments.com.

Cost per month of a $4 cappuccino on the way to work, according to CreditDonkey: $88

Amount that can be saved per year by bringing your own thermos filled with coffee: $900

Source: CreditDonkey.com.

Ranks of Budweiser's "Puppy Love," David Beckham for H&M and Ellen Degeneres as Goldilocks for Beats Music on the list of the top Super Bowl commercials, according to Lambert, Edwards & Associates: 1, 2, 3

Source: Lambert, Edwards & Associates.

Idle Thought

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" -- Abraham Lincoln

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