Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 12, 2015

Percentage of Americans who say lack of funds stopped them from traveling for vacation, according to a survey by Country Financial: 40

Percentage who say they are too busy at work: 12

Percentage who have a hard time coordinating family schedules: 12

Percentage who say obligations get in the way: 10

Source: Country Financial.

Since last June, range of the drop in average price of one-eighth ounce of recreational cannabis in Colorado, according to research by Convergex (from $50-$70 to $30-$45): $20-$25

Current cost of an ounce, on average, compared to $300-$400 last year: $250-$300

Percentage rise in sales year-over-year to $43.9 million in April, based on the latest available tax data from the Colorado Department of Revenue: 98

Source: Convergex.

Rank of "unintentional injuries" on the list of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the annual National Safety Council statistical report Injury Facts: 4

Percentage of distracted walking incidents involving cellphones that happen at home -- not adjacent to roadways, as many may believe: 52

Percentage of those injured who are women: 68

Percentage who are people ages 40 or younger: 54

Estimated number of injuries that are accounted for by distracted walking involving cellphones: 11,101

Source: National Safety Council.

Number of megabytes of data Americans used in 2014, a 26 percent increase over 2013, according to a Wireless Association survey: 4.1 trillion

Percentage accounted for by smartphones and tablets, which now number more than 208 million and 35.4 million, respectively: 68

Source: CTIA -- The Wireless Association.

Percentage of dads around the world who have already or plan to introduce their kids to the cartoons they grew up watching, according to research from Netflix: 85

Percentage of respondents who say it lets them feel like a kid again: 75

Percentage who say it helps them teach life lessons: 76

Source: Netflix Inc.

Percentage of Americans who feel an overnight vacation is appropriate within the first three months of a relationship, according to the results of a study by Expedia and Tinder: 44

Percentage who would wait more than a year: 16

When taking that first vacation, ranks of good restaurants, sightseeing/tourist attractions, a room with a view, and a fireplace that Americans considered the most important destination feature: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of U.S. adults who say they use e-smoking devices (e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers), according to an Ipsos poll: 10

Percentage who say they smoke traditional cigarettes: 19

Percentage of e-smokers who also smoke traditional cigarettes: 50

Source: Ipsos.

Percentage of American men who find pornography morally acceptable, versus 25 percent of women, according to a Gallup Poll: 43

Percentage of men who say polygamy or having an affair is morally acceptable, versus 13 percent of women: 20

Percentage of American men who say divorce is morally acceptable, versus 75 percent of women: 67

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of U.S. smartwatch buyers who chose their device because of the brand, according to research from Parks Associates: 49

Percentage who ranked the watch's features, such as fitness tracking and the ability to receive notifications, as a top consideration in their purchase decision: 58

Percentage who said product appearance is important: 30

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of Americans who use an airline, hotel or travel card rewards program, according to the Harris Poll: 48

Percentage who are members of airline rewards programs: 31

Percentage who are members of hotel rewards programs: 31

Percentage who have a credit or payment card with travel rewards: 26

Source: The Harris Poll.

Idle Thought

"A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron." -- Horace Mann, educational reformer

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