Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 07, 2015

Percentage of Americans who say the technology sector has a positive reputation, according to a Harris survey: 77

Percentage who say the energy sector has a positive reputation: 45

Percentage who say the financial services sector has a positive reputation: 35

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of people without children who say they are happy, according to a and Yahoo survey: 91

Percentage of parents who say they are happy: 81

Percentage of people who were child-free who thought they would be happier if they were a parent: 54

Percentage of parents who think they are happier than those without kids: 30


Purse in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao title match, according to Wealth-X: $300 million

Amount Mayweather has taken home from the fight: $180 million

Percentage by which his net worth increased (to $330 million): 37

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of Americans who say they would delay their retirement by a year in exchange for a trip of their dreams, according to a survey by Country Financial: 49

Percentage who would swap their current job for a lower-paying one if it meant they could have more time to travel: 11

Source: Country Financial.

Average percentage of the U.S. population that Americans estimate to be gay, according to a poll by Gallup: 23

Percentage of the population who actually identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender: 3.8

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of the top 10 training courses offered by the American Management Association that have to do with communications, according to an AMA study of 25,000 individuals taking courses in 40 cities: 80

Number of years in a row in which communications courses have held such a rank: 3

Source: American Management Association.

Percentage of accounting and finance professionals who say solving problems gives them the most career satisfaction: 41

Percentage who say their greatest satisfaction comes in working with numbers: 32

Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

Number of unintentional drownings that happen every day in the United States, according to the Red Cross: 10

Percentage of parents who report that their child cannot demonstrate all five basic skills that could save their lives in the water: 61

Percentage of adults who are not able to perform all five water-safety skills who expect to supervise a child near water this summer: 18

Percentage of parents who expect their children will engage in some form of water activity this summer: 94

Source: American Red Cross.

Percentage of all cyber attacks that involve a weak password, according to a study by Modis: 80

Percentage of cyber breaches that are deliberate and malicious: 90

Estimated average financial loss from a cyber security incident (globally): $2.7 million

Source: Modis.

Percentage of all patients undergoing cosmetic procedures in 2014 who were between the ages of 45 and 54, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 49

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Idle Thought

"Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -- Flannery O'Connor, writer

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