Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 22, 2014

Percentage of time spent in meetings that professionals say is unproductive, according to a Robert Half Management Resources survey: 25

Percentage of employees who feel one of the most common mistakes meeting leaders make is not sticking to an agenda: 30

Percentage who cite the lack of a clear purpose for the gathering: 30

Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

On average, percentage of their bill that Americans say they usually tip for good service when dining out, according to a recent online survey by a Harris Poll that was conducted on behalf of Michelin: 18

Percentage of Americans overall who say they usually tip between 15 and 20 percent for good service when dining out: 70

Percentage who say they typically tip more than 20 percent: 10

Source: Michelin.

Percentage of Americans who read juice labels at least sometimes, according to a survey by the Jamba Juice Co.: 78

Percentage of people who read juice labels who do so to make sure they are not buying "from concentrate" juice: 32

Percentage of those who read labels who do so to see how much sugar is in the juice they buy: 64

Source: Jamba Juice Co.

Percentage of Americans under the age of 35 who have been bullied, harassed or threatened online, or know somebody who has, according to a poll released by Rad Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and Craig Newmark of craigconnects: 47

Percentage of respondents who said they'd been harassed online who said it happened on Facebook: 62

Percentage who said it happened on Twitter: 24

Source: Rad Campaign.

Percentage of pet owners who have made a social media account for a pet, according to research by SquareTrade: 17

Percentage who are a "friend" or "follower" of pets on social media: 25

Percentage who have "spoken" to a pet over Skype, FaceTime or other online video chatting software: 18

Source: SquareTrade.

Year when commercially made ice cream, one of the joys of summer, was first advertised in New York City, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1786

In 1910, average amount of ice cream that Americans consumed per year: 2 pounds

Today, average amount of ice cream that Americans consume per year: 18 pounds

Annual value of the business of making ice cream and frozen desserts: $7.6 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Rank of Jerry Seinfeld, with an estimated net worth of $820 million, on Wealth-X's Hollywood and Bollywood Rich List: 1

Rank of Shah Rukh Khan, the only Bollywood actor on Wealth-X's top 10 list, with an estimated net worth of $600 million: 2

Ranks of Tom Cruise ($480 million), Tyler Perry ($450 million) and Johnny Depp ($450 million) on the list: 3, 4 (tie)

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of the gasoline purchased in the country that is sold by convenience stores, according to a survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores: 80

Percentage of consumers who say they will drive for a summer vacation: 84

Percentage who say they travel by car because they have the freedom to choose where to stop: 52

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Percentage of homeowners across the country who say their outdoor living space is the favorite place in their home, according to a Saber Grills' study: 83

Percentage of current U.S. homeowners who consider their outdoor space the heart of their home: 81

Source: Saber Grills.

Among those who have ever stayed in a hotel, percentage who say they have wanted to take home the hotel bed/pillows/duvet because the sleep was so good, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in the United States, Great Britain, Russia and China: 31

Source: Ipsos Global.

Idle Thought

"They know enough who know how to learn." -- Henry Adams

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