Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 08, 2014

Percentage of Americans who feel that Mother's Day and Father's Day should be celebrated equally, according to a survey by RetailMeNot: 81

Percentage of respondents who feel that, in general, mothers tend to receive more attention or celebration on Mother's Day than dads do on Father's Day: 77

Percentage of dads who do not expect their wife or significant other to get them a gift for Father's Day: 60

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of consumers for whom "showrooming," the process of researching in-store before buying online, remains popular, according to a study by Interactions: 76

Percentage of shoppers for whom the emerging trend of "webrooming," or researching online before buying in-store, is even more common: 88

Source: Interactions.

Percentage of grill owners who say grilling is just plain fun, according to a Weber survey: 77

Percentage of grill owners who agree that grilling makes a weeknight dinner a special occasion: 75

Source: Weber-Stephen Products Co.

Year Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, thought of the idea of Father's Day, according to the Census Bureau: 1909

Number of children her father, a Civil War veteran, farmer and widower, raised: 6

Year President Richard M. Nixon signed a law making Father's Day a permanent fixture of the third week in June: 1972

Source: Census Bureau.

Rank of the number of Father's Day cards sold (94 million) after Christmas (1.5 billion), Valentine's Day (144 million) and Mother's Day (133 million): 4

Source: Hallmark.

Percentage of mothers with a master's degree or more who are staying at home in order to care for their families, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data: 10

Among mothers with professional degrees, such as medical degrees, law degrees or nursing degrees, percentage who are relatively affluent and are out of the workforce in order to care for their families: 11

Percentage of the nation's 35 million mothers ages 18 to 69 who are living with their children younger than 18 that is made up of these so-called "opt-out moms": 1

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

Ranks of laptops, smartphones, gaming systems and tablets on the list of the top technology wants on a graduate's wish list, according to a survey by Asurion: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Asurion.

Ranks of Amazon, Samsung, Apple, IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, HP, Dell and Acer on the list of the most reliable computers, according to the results of RESCUECOM's Computer Reliability Report: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Source: RESCUECOM.

Approximate amount Americans spend on wedding gifts, according to a survey done on behalf of Expedia.com: $103

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of moms who consider themselves to be the "sole decision-maker" in the vehicle shopping process, according to an independent study by C+R Research, commissioned by Cars.com: 73

Percentage of moms who like to purchase from the same dealer for each vehicle they need so they can develop a relationship: 59

Source: Cars.com.

Idle Thought

"Everybody knows if you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something." -- Gertrude Stein, novelist, poet and playwright

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