Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 09, 2015

Number of homes that are affected by burglary each year, according to the FBI: 2.1 million

Percentage of burglars who said that if the home had an alarm, they'd look for a different house to target, according to research collected by CreditDonkey: 60

Percentage who said that the presence of a dog would make them reconsider targeting a particular home: 50

Percentage of burglaries that take place in broad daylight, when homeowners are out of the house: 60


Percentage of Americans who say they are confident in their ability to pay to send their children to college, according to a survey by Country Financial: 18

Debt of the average graduate with student loans this year: $35,000

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of kids who say their parents seem happier on vacation, according to a survey by Home Away: 54

Percentage who say their parents don't wear any embarrassing things while on vacation: 66

Rank of their parents' bathing suit as the clothing item about which kids are most embarrassed: 1

Source: Home Away.

Percentage of employers who say they have taken at least one step to mitigate productivity killers, according to 74

Percentage who said they block certain Internet sites: 33

Percentage who ban personal calls and cellphone usage: 23

Percentage who monitor emails and Internet usage: 21


In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, percentage of Americans who support allowing same-sex couples to legally marry, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll: 51

Percentage who say same-sex couples should receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples: 60

Percentage of Americans who say someone in their immediate circle will be affected by the Obergefell decision: 34

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs RS.

Percentage of Americans who say the government should take steps to prevent terrorism, but not violate civil liberties, according to the results of a Gallup poll: 65

Percentage who think any steps to prevent terrorism are justified, even if they violate liberties: 30

Source: Gallup Organization.

Percentage of Americans who anticipate that tap-to-pay smartphones will eventually replace payment cards, according to a Harris Poll: 63

Percentage who say they will replace cash: 57

Source: Harris Nielsen.

Percentage of people who say they are not confident that records of their activity maintained by search engine providers will remain private and secure, according to Pew Research: 66

Percentage who have refused to provide information about themselves that wasn't relevant to a transaction: 57

Percentage who have used a temporary username or email address: 25

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Year the tape measure was patented by Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, featuring a spring click lock to hold the tape at any desired point, according to the Census Bureau: 1868

Length of the gold-plated tape measure that was presented to New York Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle in 1956 to honor his longest home run: 600 feet

Source: Census Bureau.

Percentage of consumers who are already accessing movies and television via "cord cutting" (the act of utilizing digital distribution platforms over or in addition to cable or satellite services), according to Zogby Analytics survey commissioned by CALinnovates: 44

Percentage of consumers who believe that cable or satellite TV service will remain in wide use in 2020: 42

Source: Zogby International.

Idle Thought

"No one has ever become poor by giving." -- Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist

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