Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 19, 2015

Percentage of Americans who agree they need an extra hour in the day, according to a survey by Safeco Insurance: 80

Percentage who say they would use that extra time to do something for themselves: 70

Ranks of personal hobbies, having alone or personal time, and trying something new on the list of activities they would indulge in with the extra time: 1, 2, 3

Source: Safeco Insurance.

When asked which aspect of a worker's physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, percentage of employers who said provocative attire, according to a survey by Careerbuilder: 44

Percentage who said a shabby appearance: 43

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of parents who think about vocational and career schools in the same way they think about public or private colleges, according to a College Savings Foundation survey: 42

Percentage of high school students who think that way: 21

Percentage of students who have considered not going to college: 21

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Year that Marlon Brando turned down an Academy Award for "The Godfather," according to research by Convergex: 1973

Year that Ving Rhames handed his Golden Globe for Best Actor to Jack Lemmon and refused to take it back: 1998

Year that Jean-Paul Sartre turned down a Nobel Prize, stating, "A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if it takes place in the most honorable forum.": 1964

Year that Julie Andrews rejected a Tony nomination because her show, "Victor/Victoria," did not receive any other nominations: 1996

Source: Convergex.

Ranks of snakes, alligators, sharks and wild cats on the list of animals Americans say they are most scared of, according to an Ipsos poll: 1, 2, 3, 4

Of the 48 percent of Americans who say they are scared of sharks, percentage who say they have seen the movie "Jaws": 75

Source: Ipsos North America.

Percentage of Americans who admit technology plays an important role in their productivity, according to data released by Crucial.com: 87

Source: Crucial.com.

Year that Christopher Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received a patent for the first practical typewriter, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1868

In the middle of the last century, percentage of all high school students who were enrolled in typing classes: 25

Today, even though typewriter manufacturing has dwindled to near vanishing and moved offshore, percentage of American households that have some form of keyboard in them, likely on a desktop or laptop computer: 79

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of U.S. adults who anticipate taking at least one road trip this summer, according to the results of The Harris Poll: 71

Average number of miles that Americans who plan to hit the road will be traveling: 1,300

Percentage of those who have kids in the house who say they will head out on the road at least once this summer: 82

Percentage of those who don't have kids in the house who say the same: 66

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households that own a connected health device, according to Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates: 29

Percentage of broadband households that own multiple connected health devices: 12

Source: Parks Associates.

Number of ultra-high net worth individuals (defined as those with $30 million or more in net assets) globally, who collectively own nearly $3 trillion in real estate (equal to 10 percent of their net worth), according to Wealth-X data: 211,275

Rank of London on the list of the top real estate hubs for the Europe-Middle East-Africa region: 1

Average price of real estate per square foot in London (nearly four times that of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; six times that of Madrid; and nine times more than Cape Town, South Africa): $3,103

Source: Wealth-X.

Idle Thought

"When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue -- you sell him a whole new life." -- Christopher Morley, writer

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