Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 06, 2015

Percentage of U.S. employees who don't believe their bosses encourage them to take allotted vacation days, according to Randstad U.S. Employee Engagement Study: 39

Percentage who say their bosses don't help them disconnect from work while on vacation: 45

Source: Randstad.

Rank of Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg (who boasts a personal fortune of $41.6 billion) on the Wealth-X list of the wealthiest individuals under the age of 35: 1

Rank of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (with an estimated net worth of $9.3 billion) on the list: 2

Rank of Huiyan Yang (net worth $5.9 billion) and the richest woman on the list: 3

Of the world's top 20 wealthiest individuals under the age of 35, number who are from the United States: 11

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of more than 23,000 Laureate students and more than 4,000 non-Laureate students in 22 countries who believe that their course of study will give them the career skills necessary to succeed, according to a survey of student attitudes by Laureate International Universities and Zogby Analytics: 75

Percentage of students around the world who say that universities should work directly with employers to help teach students the skills they need to be successful: 93

Source: Laureate Education Inc.

In the United States today, estimated number of students at all levels of schooling -- some 41.7 million from nursery through elementary school, almost 17 million in high school, and about 19 1/2 million in college: 78 million

Percentage of young adults who have a high school diploma: 80

Source: Census Bureau.

Percentage of children who were more likely to "share" or "be helpful" in kindergarten who were also more likely to earn a high school diploma, according to findings of a 20-year study published in the American Journal of Public Health: 54

Percentage who were more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25: 46

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Percentage of people who said they would be willing to donate their kidney to a friend in need, if they are a match, according to a survey conducted by Skout: 81

Percentage who would be willing to skip alcoholic beverages themselves in support of a friend who's on the wagon: 59

Percentage of people who would drop whatever they are doing to help a friend with a broken-down car: 92

Source: Skout.

Percentage of Americans who don't know, even in general terms, what the nuclear agreement with Iran is all about, according to a poll from iMediaEthics: 75

Percentage who said it was to authorize Iran to have a limited number of nuclear weapons: 11

Percentage who said it was to allow Iran to use U.S. technology to build nuclear power plants: 9

Source: iMediaEthics.

Today, total number of wireless subscriber connections in the United States -- 36 million more devices than there are Americans and a wireless penetration rate of 110 percent -- according to the Wireless Association: 355 million

To meet the constant increase in Americans' demand for mobile devices and services, amount wireless carriers invested into the U.S. economy in 2014 capital expenditures: $32 billion

Source: CTIA -- The Wireless Association.

Percentage of Americans who have done at least an hour of yoga in the past month, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs: 20

Percentage who have done yoga on their own: 13

Percentage who have done yoga in a class or group setting: 7

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Average age of romance book buyers (down from 44 in 2013), according to Nielsen's Romance Book Buyer Report: 42

Percentage of these readers who are aged 18 to 44, which includes the coveted millennial demographic: 44

In the first quarter of 2014, percentage of romance books that were purchased by men, up from 12 percent in 2013: 15

Source: Nielsen Analytics.

Idle Thought

"The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves." -- P.D. James, novelist

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

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