Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 15, 2015

Percentage of global workers who associate vacationing with overall happiness, according to a survey by Expedia: 80

Percentage of respondents who somewhat or strongly agree with the statement, "Regular vacations are important for general health and well-being": 91

Percentage of workers who say the chance for more vacation time would motivate them to switch jobs: 56

Source: Expedia.

Rank of statistics as the fastest growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, according to an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association: 1

Source: American Statistical Association.

Percentage of CFOs who say they are willing or much more willing to renegotiate salary with skilled job candidates, according to a survey by Robert Half International: 41

Percentage of CFOs who say they have had difficulty finding people with the requisite skills: 68

Source: Robert Half International.

Year that the first telephone directory in the U.S. was published in New Haven, Connecticut, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1878

Number of subscribers on the list: 50

Estimated number of retail establishments in the U.S. selling landline and cellular phones, with annual receipts from such sales at over $10 billion: 22,000

Percentage of occupied households in the U.S. that have telephone service: 97

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of companies that have deployed tablets, according to a survey regarding the use of tablets to aid sales-related activities among 700-plus global business-to-business marketers and salespeople: 23

Of the 77 percent of respondents whose companies have not, percentage who said their companies have no plans to implement them: 83

Percentage of all respondents who believe such devices help, or would help, improve sales activities: 75

Source: Davies Murphy Group Inc.

Average household income among "affluents," defined as adults aged 18 and older living in households with at least $100,000 in annual household income in 2014, according to the Ipsos Affluent Survey USA: $197,400

Percentage rise in liquid assets to an average of $592,000, compounding the 9 percent growth seen from 2012 to 2013: 7

Affluent average net worth: $1.02 million

Source: Ipsos Affluent Survey.

Percentage of men and women around the world who say, "flirting is just playful fun," according to a survey from Zoosk.com: 41

Percentage of men who think that women are the biggest flirts: 60

Percentage of women who think that men are more flirtatious: 53

Source: Zoosk.

Percentage of Americans who say news in the U.S. should involve more reporting and fewer "talking heads," according to the results of The Harris Poll: 89

As to the importance of an impartial press, percentage who feel it's essential that journalists be completely unbiased: 84

Source: Harris Interactive.

In addition to quality, service, convenience and value, the cornerstones of a positive restaurant dining experience, percentage of casual-dining restaurant patrons who say that an appealing ambiance influences their decision to visit a particular concept, according to a white paper using data from Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics: 91

Source: Technomic.

Of the 196 countries worldwide, number that have religious imagery on their flags, according to Pew Research: 64

Number that are associated with Christianity: 31

Number that are associated with Islam: 21

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Idle thought

"The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck." -- Hector Berlioz, composer

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