Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 28, 2014

Nationwide, number of times more that the typical oceanfront or lakefront single-family home is worth than the median value of all homes, according to an analysis by Zillow: 2.16

Estimated value of the median single-family home: $171,600

Estimated value of the median waterfront house: $370,900

Source: Zillow.

Ranks of doctors, military officers, firefighters, scientists and nurses on the list of occupations that U.S. adults consider to have either "a great deal of prestige" or to "have prestige" according to a Harris Poll: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Though 40 percent of Americans consider accounting prestigious, percentage who would encourage a child to become an accountant: 78

Source: Harris Interactive.

Year of the first fatality in the U.S. involving an automobile, occurring when Henry Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street in New York and was run over by an almost silent electric taxi, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1899

In 1990, estimated number of drivers, passengers and pedestrians who were killed on the nation's roads: 45,000

In 2011, estimated number of people killed, despite the increase in the number of vehicles on the road: 31,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Rank of the yacht Eclipse, valued at $1 billion and owned by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, on the list of the world's most expensive super yachts, according to Wealth-X: 1

Length of the yacht: 536 feet

Number of guest cabins: 24

Number of swimming pools: 2

Approximate number of crew members that are needed to operate the yacht and serve its guests: 70

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of all motor vehicle crashes 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

Rank of motor vehicle crashes on the list of the leading causes of death for teens: 1

Annual cost of unintentional injuries: $790 billion

Source: National Safety Council.

Rank of Detroit on the list of cities with the most expensive car insurance in the nation, according to an InsuranceQuotes.com examination of the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas: 1

Percentage above the national average that drivers in Detroit pay for car insurance: 165

Source: InsuranceQuotes.com.

Number of public holidays that workers in India and Colombia enjoy, the most of any country, according to Mercer: 18

Ranks of Lebanon, South Korea and Thailand on the list with 16 public holidays: 3 (tie)

Number of public holidays for workers in Mexico, the fewest: 7

Number of public holidays for workers in the U.K., Hungary and the Netherlands, the second lowest public holiday allowance: 8

Source: Mercer.

Percentage of family caregivers (one who takes care of a family member or friend, but is unpaid for his or her services) who spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, according to a Caring.com report: 46

Percentage of family caregivers who spend more than $10,000 per year on caregiving expenses: 30

Percentage of caregivers who spend more than 30 hours per week on caregiving (almost the equivalent of a full-time job): 33

Source: Caring.com.

Percentage of Americans who favor using federal money to expand preschool programs in order to make sure high-quality programs are available for every child in America, according to a Gallup poll: 70

Source: Gallup.

Ranks of Montana, Oregon and South Carolina on the list of states that Americans indicate have the most fair tax systems, according to research by WalletHub on the Most & Least Fair State Tax Systems: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Washington, Hawaii and Arkansas on the list of states that Americans indicate have the least fair tax systems: 1, 2, 3

Source: WalletHub.

Idle Thought

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- William Butler Yeats

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