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 RetailMeNot.com: 5

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

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

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 Match.com: 1, 2, 3

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

Percentage of single women: 53

Source: Match.com.

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 Care.com: 45

Percentage who say they feel stressed: 40

Percentage who say they never feel rested: 10

Source: Care.com.

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

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

Source: Insure.com.

Idle Thought

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

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