Figuratively Speaking for October 06, 2017

Percentage of parents with only boys who have money saved for their kids' college, compared to 39 percent of parents with only girls who have money saved, according to T. Rowe Price survey of parents of children of one gender: 50

Percentage of parents of all boys who say they will be able to cover the entire cost of college, compared with only 8 percent of parents of all girls: 17

Percentage of parents of all boys who say that saving for their kids' education is a greater priority than saving for retirement, compared to 50 percent of parents of all girls who said that college savings is a greater priority: 68

Source: T. Rowe Price.

Percentage of Americans who admit to carrying a balance on their credit card from month to month, according to a study by 28

Of those who carry credit card debt, percentage who have been carrying a balance for at least two years (29 million people), including 15 million who have been in credit card debt for at least five years: 43

Ranks of "just keeping up with day-to-day expenses," retail purchases, paying medical bills, home repairs, vacation expenses and car repairs on the list of reasons for credit card debt: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Percentage of professionals who said they would be comfortable reporting to a manager who's younger than they are, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 82

Percentage who said they wouldn't mind supervising employees older than themselves: 91

Rank of "dissimilar work ethics or values" and "leadership or learning styles" on the list of the biggest challenges with having a younger boss: 1, 2

Rank of "using technology in different ways" on the list of the top struggles when managing someone who's older: 1

Source: OfficeTeam.

Number of tailgating parties per season that the typical tailgater attends or hosts, according to research by FieldAgent: 6 to 10

Number of hours before kickoff the party begins: 3 to 4

Source: Field Agent.

Percentage of males who said they lost their virginity before the age of 13, according to a survey by Adam & Eve: 5

Percentage of females who said the same: 2

Percentage of females (49 percent of the males) who admitted they first had sex between ages 13 and 18: 52

Percentage of females (34 percent of the males) who said they first had intercourse between ages 18 and 23: 38

Percentage of women (12 percent of the men) who were over age 23: 8

Source: Adam & Eve.

When it comes to milestones associated with becoming a financially mature adult, percentage of millennials (defined as being ages 22 to 37) who are most likely to rate "having a steady job/income" as the most significant, according to a study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Amino and Earnest: 54

Ranks of buying a home, moving out of your parents' home, buying or leasing your own car, and being able to afford having a child on the list of the most significant milestones associated with being a financially mature adult: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs

Percentage of Americans who believe that having trees in their community makes them happier, according to a 2017 survey conducted by Wakefield Research: 94

Percentage of people who believe having trees in their community inspires them to be active outdoors: 60

Percentage who say that trees in their communities help them relieve stress: 46

Source: Arbor Day Foundation.

Percentage of big-city dwellers (and 80 percent of baby boomers) who want to live in their existing big city when they are 80-plus years old, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Welltower: 70

Rank of access to high-quality health care on the list of factors when considering where they want to live at 80-plus, though most believe big cities need more options for senior care: 1

Source: Welltower Inc.

Percentage of parents who feel they know more about celebrity gossip, daily news stories, and what their Facebook friends are up to than they know about their child's day at school, according to findings from ClassDojo: 48

Percentage of parents who fear they're missing out on the key moments in their child's school day: 58

Percentage of parents who find it nearly impossible to maintain strong relationships with everyone involved in their child's education: 53

Source: Wyzant.

Percentage of people who snack while in bed, according to a survey by Punchbowl: 50

Percentage who say they've eaten a snack to prevent themselves from having a meltdown in public: 25

Percentage who snack while walking the aisles of the grocery store: 27

Source: Punchbowl.

Idle Thought

"The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there." -- Robert M. Pirsig, author and philosopher

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