Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 10, 2014

Percentage of Americans who turn their televisions on as soon as they wake up, according to a survey commissioned by LG Electronics USA: 38

Percentage who fall asleep with the TV on: 61

Source: LG Electronics USA Inc.

Percentage of all motor vehicle crashes that is now estimated to involve the use of cellphones, according to the National Safety Council: 26

Estimated percentage of cellphone-related crashes that involve texting: 5

Percentage that involve drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cellphones: 21

Source: National Safety Council.

Ranks of South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Romania and the Netherlands on the list of the fastest average Internet connection speeds by country, according to Pew Research: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of the United States on the list: 12

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

Year an asphalt mix, invented by Edward de Smedt, was laid on William Street in Newark, New Jersey, according to the Census Bureau: 1870

Number of miles of paved highway in the entire country by 1904: 154

Estimated number of miles of paved urban streets in the nation today: 1 million

Number of miles of interstate roads and other freeways: 61,000

Source: Census Bureau.

Beyond basic factors such as salary and benefits, ranks of the prospect of long-term job security, a pleasant working atmosphere and good work/life balance on the list of employment options important to job seekers, according to a 2014 Employer Branding Study released by Randstad US: 1, 2, 3

Source: Randstad US.

Percentage of Americans who say the country would be better governed with more female political leaders -- up slightly from 57 percent in 1995 and 2000, according to a Gallup poll: 63

Percentage of Americans who think the country would be better governed if more people who are religious were in office: 51

Source: Gallup Organization.

When asked how often they wash their hands after using their own bathroom at home, percentage of people who admit to not washing their hands all of the time, according to findings from Life and Omnibus Research: 38

Percentage who admit to never washing their hands: 3

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of older Americans who say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, the equivalent of about 25 million people, according to a survey conducted by Purple Insights: 24

Source: Compassion & Choices.

Of teens who say they never text while driving, percentage who still admit to texting at a red light or stop sign, according to a survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD): 47

Percentage of teens who define their designated driver as allowed to have "a little" alcohol or drugs, as long as they aren't too impaired to drive: 21

Percentage who describe their designated driver as the "most" sober person in the group: 4

Source: Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Percentage of business-to-business marketers and salespeople from around the world who identified "opportunity creation" conversations as having the highest impact on helping salespeople achieve quota, according to a survey by Corporate Visions: 38

Percentage who feel adequately prepared to create new sales opportunities with the content and training provided to them by their organizations: 50

Source: Corporate Visions, Inc.

Idle Thought

"A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space." -- Gloria Steinem

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