Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 28, 2015

Percentage of people who are visual learners, according to market research firm Lab 42: 65

Amount of visual data the average person takes in per second: 1.25 GB

Average percentage of that data that a person is able to process: .7

Source: Lab 42.

Average percentage of the work around the house that is done by fathers, according to Insure.com: 33

Percentage of fathers with spouses in the workforce who are a regular source of care for their kids (up from 26 percent in 2002): 32

Estimated percentage of dads with kids under the age of 5 who are now the primary caregivers in the family: 20

Percentage of fathers who say they're more involved with their kids than their fathers were: 75

Source: Insure.com.

Number of months that the average vacationer typically saves for before a vacation, according to retailmenot.com: 5

Number of months in advance that they typically book their trips: 3

Percentage of people who are more inclined to travel by car when gas prices are cheaper: 65

Percentage of employed respondents who report getting no paid vacation days in a typical year: 32

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage of employees who say their employers expect them to be available outside regular office hours, according to a Randstad survey: 57

Percentage who say they are expected to be available during holidays: 47

Percentage of workers who say they don't mind handling work matters when on vacation because they like to stay involved: 39

Source: Randstad.

Percentage of new car buyers who financed a car in 2015 who did so with a zero-interest loan, according to Edmunds.com: 9.5

Percentage of new cars and trucks sold so far in 2015 that were leased: 28

Source: Edmunds.com.

Percentage of North Americans who admit to having "reinvented" themselves in an effort to embrace change and look for new opportunities, improvements and differentiation, according to a recent study conducted by Ipsos: 55

Percentage who plan to reinvent themselves in the future: 21

Rank of millennials and females on the list of those who tend to be more open to the idea of reinvention, when compared to older generations and males: 1, 2

Source: Ipsos Marketing Open Thinking Exchange.

Rank of the U.S. in terms of having the highest number of billionaires in the world, according to Wealth-X: 1

Number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals ($30 million to $49 million) living in New York City, the most of any city in the world: 8,655

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage increase in the population of those age 65 and older in the U.S. by 2050, according to Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends: 100

Percentage of the entire population that will be 65 and older by 2050: 21

Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

Number of couples in the U.S. who get married annually, accounting for nearly 6,200 weddings a day, according to Sound Vision magazine: 2.3 million

Source: Sound Vision. Contact public affairs info@soundvision.com.

Among 16 world leaders, percentage of Americans (18 and older) who have a good opinion of Pope Francis, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 73

Percentage who have a good opinion of the Dalai Lama: 62

Ranks of British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on the list of world leaders who have won the good opinion of Americans: 3, 4, 5

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." -- Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist

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