Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 29, 2015

Percentage of U.S. adults who agree having a fridge full of leftovers is the best thing about hosting Thanksgiving, according to the results of a Harris poll: 79

Ranks of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce on the list of traditional dishes Americans most look forward to at Thanksgiving: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of Americans planning to travel between Thanksgiving and New Year's in 2015, according to a survey Orbitz Worldwide: 71

Average amount that Americans plan to spend on holiday trips this year: $2,195

Source: Orbitz Worldwide.

Percentage of employees who say they are more productive the week before a holiday, according to a survey by Accountemps and Robert Half International: 32

Percentage who admit their productivity wanes: 22

Source: Robert Half International.

Average number of connected computing and entertainment devices per U.S. broadband households, according to Parks Associates: 7.5

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of all U.S. adults (62 million) who consider themselves gift splurgers, according to a Nielsen survey: 26

Ranks of Miami and Tampa on the list of markets that fall into this generous group: 1, 2

Source: Nielsen Insights.

Percentage of Americans who enjoy a cocktail at least occasionally and who chose wine as their cocktail of choice, according to an Ipsos Omnibus survey: 56

Percentage of respondents who say the taste preference of a drinker is most important when buying wine as a gift: 27

Percentage of Americans who say price is the No. 1 factor when selecting wine in a restaurant: 27

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Year that Edward Brooke became the nation's first African-American to win election to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1966

Since his defeat in a bid for a third term in 1978, number of African-Americans the chamber has seated (one of whom cut his term short to become president): 6

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who feel pressure to spend more than they can afford during the holidays, according to a survey conducted for SunTrust Banks: 46

Percentage of adults who expect this holiday shopping season to be more financially stressful than last year: 29

Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.

Among those U.S. adults who have been sick during the holiday season, percentage who have gone shopping while ill, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Merck Manuals: 51

Percentage who confessed to going to work or school while sick: 65

Source: Merck Manuals.

Percentage of gift cards that now offer the ability to add a security code, according to a Bankrate.com report: 50

Percentage of cards that have some form of loss and theft protection: 72

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Idle Thought

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." -- Mahatma Gandhi

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