Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 29, 2015

Average number of years that Americans expect to live in retirement, according to Country Financial: 15

Average number of years adults under 30 expect to live in retirement: 30

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of millennials who check their smartphone before breakfast, according to a survey by Student Marketing: 90

Percentage who feel anxious when they are without their smartphone: 40

Percentage who spend more time online than offline with friends: 65

Source: StudentMarketing.

Percentage of consumers who treat themselves to dinner away from home at least once a week, according to Technomic: 64

Percentage who say that they sometimes make a dinner out of appetizers at restaurants: 32

Rank of Mexican as the fastest growing appetizer choice among consumers: 1

Source: Technomic.

Percentage of Americans who say they have a hero, according to a survey: 50

Percentage of British who say they have a hero: 3

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of managers transitioning into a new leadership role who say they want a cleaner separation between old and new responsibilities, according to a Development Dimensions International survey: 30

Percentage of respondents who are given either written assessment results without the benefit of feedback about their results, or no assessment at all: 85

Source: Development Dimensions International.

Percentage of young adults (ages 25 to 34) who experience pressure to keep up with the types of places they eat and the gadgets they carry, according to a survey AICPA and Ad Council: 65

Percentage who had to use a credit card to pay for necessities like food or utilities: 50

Percentage who still get financial help from their family: 61

Source: The Ad Council.

Year of the first scheduled commercial radio broadcast, when KDKA in Pittsburgh carried the results of the Warren G. Harding's presidential election victory over James Cox and his vice presidential nominee, Franklin Roosevelt, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1920

Within two years, number of new stations as the popularity of radio swept the nation: 400

Today, estimated number of radio broadcast stations in the U.S., with revenues of close to $19 billion annually: 7,300

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of China, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia on the list of countries that send the most students to the U.S. to study, according to a report from the Institute of International Education: 1, 2, 3, 4

Ranks of the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain on the list of the most popular study-abroad destinations for U.S. students: 1, 2, 3

Source: Institute of International Education.

Ranks of becoming unexpectedly ill or injured during their trip as the two main worries for travelers, according to a survey by 1, 2


Number of chocolate Easter bunnies that are produced each year for Easter, according to the National Confectioner's Association: 90 million

Percentage of Americans who say chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first: 76

Percentage who said bunnies should be eaten feet first: 5

Percentage who favored eating the tail first: 4

Source: National Confectioners Association.

Idle Thought

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -- Lao Tzu

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