Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 18, 2015

Although two-thirds of Americans believe their efficiency is above average, percentage of men who believe they are more efficient than women, according to data released by 67

Percentage of women who believe they are more efficient than men: 90


Cost to produce a penny in the 2014 fiscal year -- down from 2.4 cents in 2011, but still more than face value -- according to research by Jeffrey Sparshott in The Wall Street Journal: 1.7 cents

Cost to produce a nickel in 2015, down from 11 cents: 8 cents

Cost to produce a dime: 3.9 cents

Cost to produce a quarter: 9 cents

Amount of money the U.S. Mint could save if it simply eliminated the penny: $52.9 million

Source: Wall Street Journal.

Number of days prior to domestic travel when the lowest ticket prices are found, according to data released by Expedia in partnership with the Airline Reporting Corporation: 50 to 100

Average savings in the price of tickets sold during this period: $85

Percentage of cost that customers can save (up to $568) if they book both flight and hotel together on Expedia: 20

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of workers who said they’re likely to contact a company with feedback after a good customer-service experience, according to a Robert Half survey: 71

Percentage who would reach out after receiving bad service: 79

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of employees who said they are very satisfied with their organizations, according to Mercer: 45

Percentage who said they are very satisfied with their jobs: 42

Percentage of all workers -- regardless of their satisfaction level -- who are seriously considering leaving their organizations: 37

Percentage of senior managers surveyed who are seriously considering leaving their current roles: 63

Source: Mercer.

Estimated number of Americans who plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to a National Retail Federation study: 157 million

Amount that the average person celebrating will spend: $74.34

Expected total spending on Halloween: $6.9 billion

Source: National Retail Federation.

Percentage of Americans who cited "inattentive parents" -- parents who let their kids run wild -- as the most aggravating hotel guests, according to a study, commissioned by Expedia and conducted by GfK: 67

Percentage of respondents who are frustrated by "hallway hellraisers": 64

Percentage who complained about "the complainers," or guests who berate hotel staff over minor inconveniences: 54

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of high-net-worth individuals who say that they anticipate making an investment in real estate this year, up from 48 percent in 2014, according to a survey of the wealthiest 1.5 percent of the U.S. population by Coldwell Banker Previews International: 54

On average, number of homes that high-net-worth individuals own: 2.1

Average percentage of net worth that is comprised of residential real estate for these individuals: 38

Source: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp.

Percentage of information technology decision-makers within small- and medium-sized businesses who say IT vendors should simplify technology, according to a survey by Techaisle: 72

Percentage of respondents who say they ignore some technologies, even though they may be useful: 61

Source: Techaisle.

Percentage of Americans who think that foreign aid spending should be higher than the current level, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos in 17 foreign aid donor countries, including the United States: 63

Percentage who think that spending on foreign aid should be nothing at all: 16

Percentage of Americans who think that spending on foreign aid gives the United States influence in the global community: 62

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Idle Thought

"When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road." -- William Least Heat-Moon, travel writer

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at