Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 06, 2014

When asked what the first thing they would do if they won a substantial amount of money in the lottery, percentage of Americans who would pay off their debts, according to research by YouGov: 34

Percentage who stated that they would quit their jobs if they won between $1 million and less than $5 million: 26

Percentage who stated that they would quit their jobs for less than a million dollars: 13

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of drivers who admit to singing out loud, the No. 1 activity performed while driving, according to a consumer survey from DMEautomotive released in conjunction with National Collision Awareness month: 56

Ranks of talking on the phone (50 percent), eating (50 percent), reading a text message (26 percent) and sending a text message (20 percent) on the list of the top five activities performed while driving: 2 (tie), 4, 5

Number of people who were killed in distracted-driving crashes in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Distracted.gov website, which does not include singing out loud on its list of distracted driving activities: 3,328

Source: DMEautomotive.

When asked what is the recommended percentage of income that should be spent on housing, percentage of Americans who answered correctly that it is 30 percent, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index: 31

Percentage of respondents who say saving for their child's college education is more important than saving for their own retirement even though one can borrow for college, but not for retirement: 43

Source: Country Financial.

Estimated amount that the average American pays in state and local taxes per year, according to a report from WalletHub's 2014 Report on the States with the Highest & Lowest Taxes: $7,000

Number of times more that taxpayers in the states with the highest taxes pay than those in the states with the lowest taxes: 4

Ranks of Wyoming (-66 percent), Alaska (-60 percent), Nevada (-52 percent), Florida (-48 percent) and South Dakota (-46 percent) on the list of states with the lowest taxes versus the national average: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

When asked about their engagement experience, percentage of brides who said they knew it was coming, according to a survey by David's Bridal: 57

Percentage who said they were surprised by the proposal: 43

When asked which leading male characters they would like to say "yes" to, percentage who chose Ryan Gosling's romantic "The Notebook" character, Noah Calhoun: 40

Percentage who chose Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack Dawson of "Titanic": 30

Source: David's Bridal Inc.

Percentage of today's consumers who say that they eat snacks at least twice a day, according to Technomic's Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report: 51

Percentage who replace one or two daily meals with a snack: 45

Source: Technomic.

Year that the first commercially available frozen food (Clarence Birdseye's fish) became available, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1925

Today, estimated number of packaged frozen food wholesalers there are in the United States, selling $85 billion worth of heat-and-eat products: 3,500

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of businesswomen from 19 different countries and 30 different industries who indicated that they were mid- or senior-level leaders, according to "Women as Mentors" research conducted by Development Dimensions International: 75

Percentage of those who had never had a formal mentor: 63

Percentage who rated mentorship as highly important in helping to advance and grow their careers: 67

Source: Development Dimensions International.

Amount of revenue generated by the youth travel sector last year -- twice as much as the global video game industry, according to StudentMarketing CEO Samuel Vetrak: $203 billion

Year by which it's expected that young travelers will surpass business travelers in the number of international arrivals and revenues generated overall: 2015

Source: StudentMarketing.

Among U.S. adults who are aware of any data breaches at notable retailers, such as Target and Neiman Marcus, percentage who believe merchants are responsible for preventing future incidents, according to a study conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai: 60

Of those aware of any data breaches, percentage who say they started using cash for more of their purchases when shopping: 40

Source: Feedzai.

Idle Thought

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." -- Voltaire, philosopher (1664-1778)

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