Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 13, 2014

Percentage of senior managers who said taking too little time off was the biggest mistake they made with their last vacation, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 34

Percentage who said not being able to get their mind off work: 25

Percentage who cited checking in with the office too much: 22

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of respondents to a National Safety Council public opinion poll who say there should be more enforcement of texting laws while driving: 73

Estimated percentage of all crashes that involve cellphone use: 26

When asked what type of penalties they'd like to see, percentage of respondents who chose penalties including a point system that could lead to the loss of a driver's license or increased insurance costs: 52

Source: National Safety Council.

Estimated current net worth of Hillary and Bill Clinton, a far cry from the $4 million plus they had in the bank in 2001 at the end of Bill's tenure as U.S. president, according to a Wealth-X estimate: $120 million

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of senior managers who believe it is OK to ask about compensation and benefits in the first job interview, according to the results of a Robert Half survey, up from 30 percent when the question was asked in 2009: 31

Percentage who suggest waiting for the second interview, up from 26 percent: 38

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of lost pets who went missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks or other loud outside noises, according to a study by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: 19

Percentage of those who lost pets who said they had never anticipated losing a pet the way they did: 64

Source: ASPIC.

If worldwide growth continues at the current rate, projected population by 2050, adding twice the current population of China, according to the Institute of Food Technologists: 9 billion

Source: Institute of Food Technologists.

Percentage of Americans who say they believe getting behind the wheel after one or two drinks is dangerous, according to results of The Harris Poll: 68

Percentage who say they've driven at a time when they'd likely had too much to drink: 37

Percentage who say they're more likely to drive after a few drinks when only going a short distance: 30

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of U.S. employees who suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment, according to a research survey by EPIC Hearing Healthcare: 30

Of those, percentage who say it impacts them on the job: 95

Percentage of employees who believe their untreated hearing loss makes it necessary to ask people to repeat what they said: 61

Source: EPIC Hearing Healthcare.

When asked why they cook on the grill, percentage of consumers who said the No. 1 reason is that they prefer the taste of grilled food, according to Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association data: 61

Ranks of personal satisfaction, ease/convenience, entertainment and inexpensive on the list of reasons consumers like to barbecue: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

Percentage of Americans who support euthanasia -- when asked whether they believe physicians should be able to legally "end (a) patient's life by some painless means," according to a Gallup poll: 69

When Gallup began asking this question about euthanasia in 1947, percentage of Americans who were likely to support euthanasia: 37

Source: Gallup.

"Idle Thought"

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment." -- Albert Einstein

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