Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 26, 2015

Number of months the average vacationer typically saves for before they take their vacation, according to a survey by 5

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


Percentage of companies that report their employees are less loyal today than they were five years ago, according to a survey by the American Management Association: 52

Percentage of companies that are committed to developing and retaining employees: 32

Source: American Management Association.

Percentage of global employees who believe that a person's employability is their own responsibility, according to a 34-country survey by Randstad: 75

Percentage who believe in lifelong learning, regardless of age: 92

Percentage who believe improving competencies and refreshing skills will enhance employability: 82

Source: Randstad.

Percentage of content we retain when presented with it orally and visually, according to a Lab42 study: 50

Amount we retain when it is just presented orally: 10

Source: Lab42.

Percentage of Americans who believe in UFOs, according to a survey by Ipsos: 56

Percentage who believe that life on other planets is plausible: 78

Percentage of Americans who believe that "life on Earth" came about through natural processes following observable rules of biology and physics -- i.e., "evolution": 65

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Year that sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves in Chillicothe, Missouri, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1928

Decade it became obvious that the convenience of sliced bread was spreading nationally: 1930s

Number of commercial bakeries across the U.S., employing over 118,000 workers: 2,600

Estimated amount of "dough" these establishments make annually: $30 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of airing one's emotional drama, too many selfies and being asked to unfriend your ex as the three biggest social media turnoffs, according to a survey by 1, 2, 3

Percentage of single men who have posted a selfie in the last year: 44

Percentage of single women: 53


Percentage of American adults who participated in some form of athletic activity throughout their schooling years, according to results of a Harris Poll: 73

Among those who participated in an athletic program, percentage who say it was influential in their current level of personal fulfillment: 77

Percentage of respondents who feel their participation in athletic activities was important in providing them with skills to work toward common goals: 69

Percentage who say it helped them to have a disciplined approach to problem-solving: 65

Percentage who say athletics was important in helping them with flexibility in work situations and creative problem-solving: 60

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of parents who say they frequently feel tired, according to a survey by 45

Percentage who say they feel stressed: 40

Percentage who say they never feel rested: 10


Percentage of men who have access to paternity leave with some pay from their employers, according to 14

Percentage of American adults who believe businesses should be required to give paid family leave: 77


Idle Thought

"How simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten." -- Daphne du Maurier, novelist

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