Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 25, 2015

On average, amount that Americans had to hand over in 2013 to cover their annual housing costs -- nearly $350 more than they spent in 2011 -- according to research by Credit Donkey: $17,148

Estimated percentage of American households that spend more than 30 percent of their income to keep a roof over their heads: 41

Percentage of renters who spend more than half their pay on rent: 25


Percentage of Americans aged 20 to 37 who said they are saving for retirement, according to the Insured Retirement Institute and the Center for Generational Kinetics: 68

Percentage of millennials who say they are preparing for retirement by reducing debt: 77

Percentage who are banking on winning the lottery: 15

Percentage who hope to receive gifted money to fund their retirement years: 11

Source: Insured Retirement Institute,

Average amount consumers celebrating Halloween plan to spend on costumes for the whole family, according to a National Retail Federation study: $27.33

Total amount that those celebrating will spend on costumes: $2.5 billion

Amount that will be spent on adult costumes: $1.2 billion

Amount that will be spent on children's costumes: $950 million

Source: National Retail Federation.

Percentage of the current workforce who say they would be successful making less than $50,000 a year, according to a survey by Careerbuilder: 25

Percentage of current high schoolers who say they need to make more than $70,000 a year to be successful: 63

Percentage of the current workforce who say the same thing: 47


Percentage of parents who enjoy their children's Halloween bounty by either sneaking it when the kids aren't looking (23 percent) or by instituting a house rule that it must be shared (57 percent), according to the results of the National Confectioners Association's national survey: 80

Source: National Confectioners Association.

Ranks of "the texter," "the tailgater," "the left lane hog," "the crawler" and "the multitasker" on the list of driving behaviors that generate the most fury and earn the scorn of Americans, according to the Expedia 2015 Road Rage Report: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of "back-seat driving," "reluctant co-pilot," "radio hog" and "snoozer" on the list of the least-popular in-car behaviors: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of women who have a child younger than 18 who would ideally like to stay home and care for their house and family, according to a Gallup Poll: 56

Percentage of women without young children who would rather work outside the home: 58

Percentage of men who prefer to work regardless of parenting status: 75

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of adult men and women who have experienced chafing and irritation on their skin, according to a survey commissioned by Anti Monkey Butt: 60

Among those who have experienced this discomfort, percentage who say this occurs most in their nether regions, including the buttocks, inner thighs and scrotum: 68

Source: Clarion Brands.

Although it's been 45 years since Herbie hit big screens in "The Love Bug," number of motorists who have been proposed to behind the wheel, according to research from Allianz: 1.9 million

On the nation's highways, number of motorists who have had the brakes put on their relationships and been dumped while in the car: 2.3 million

Source: Allianz Life Insurance.

Percentage of Americans who see teaching as a prestigious occupation, according to a Harris poll: 60

Percentage who also believe that teachers in the United States are paid too little: 60

Percentage who think that too little money is spent nationally on public schools: 61

Source: The Harris Poll.

Idle Thought

"It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." -- Agatha Christie, author

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