Figuratively Speaking for October 27, 2017

Percentage of Americans who say men have it easier these days, according to Pew Research: 35

Percentage who say things are easier for women: 9

Percentage who say there is no difference: 56

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Average amount of time per week that professionals admit to being bored in the office, according to a survey from OfficeTeam: 10.5 hours

Number of eight-hour workdays this represents per year: 68.25

Estimated amount of time per week that senior managers estimate their staff is likely disinterested: 6

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of Americans who say they have worked in a convenience store, according to a national survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores: 19

Percentage of those who worked in a convenience store who agree the job experience helped them develop a foundation for their careers: 84

Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.

Percentage of Americans ages 18 to 36 who say they discuss how much money they make with their immediate family, according to a study from 63

Percentage who discuss the matter with a friend: 48

Percentage who talk to their co-workers about it: 30


Average amount per month that Americans with annual household incomes under $30,000 and a checking account pay in bank or credit union fees, according to a survey commissioned by and Money: $31

Amount typically paid by other income brackets (these figures include routine service charges, ATM fees and overdraft fees): $9

Percentage of U.S. adults with household income under $30,000 per year who even have a checking account (compared with 83 percent of all others): 59

Percentage of account holders who overdraft 10 or more times per year: 9

Percentage of banks' total non-sufficient funds fees these account holders shoulder, according to a study by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: 79


Percentage of Americans who admit to making a money mistake, according to a survey by 78

Number of Americans this represents: 192 million

Ranks of blowing too much on fun (vacations, dining out, shopping), dropping out of college and making a bad investment (such as property or stocks) on the list of the top money mistakes: 1, 2, 3


Rank of car crashes on the list of killers of teens in the U.S., according to research by the National Safety Council: 1

Percentage of all teens who will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school: 50

Source: National Safety Council.

Americans' average debt amount in 2017, according to a study by GOBankingRates: $140,113

Percentage of respondents who have mortgage debt -- the most common debt category: 65

Percentage who have medical debt -- the least common debt category: 21


Percentage of Americans who believe hot dogs are an essential part of tailgating at a sporting event, according to a survey commissioned by RaceTrac: 75

Percentage of Americans who believe hot dogs are an underrated tailgating food: 53

Ranks of mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, chili, cheese and sauerkraut on the list of condiments hot dog eaters like to pile on their dogs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Source: RaceTrac.

Percentage of Americans who believe it's important to wash their hands after using a public restroom, according to the 2017 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by the Bradley Corp.: 97

Percentage who always wash their hands after using a public restroom: 66

Percentage who say they usually do: 25

Source: Bradley Corp.

Idle Thought

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." -- H.G. Wells, writer

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