Figuratively Speaking for June 09, 2017

Percentage of U.S. adults who have financial regrets, according to a report: 73

Ranks of "not saving for retirement early enough," "not saving enough for emergency expenses" and "taking on too much credit card debt" on the list of regrets: 1, 2, 3


Percentage of global citizens who believe the primary role of women in society is to be good mothers and wives, according to an Ipsos Global Trends survey of 22 nations: 37

Percentage who disagree: 58

Number of countries that have a majority who agree -- Indonesia (76 percent), Russia (69 percent) and India (64 percent): 3

Percentage of Americans who agree: 41

Ranks of Sweden (78 percent) and Spain (77 percent) on the list of countries with the highest levels of disagreement: 1, 2

Source: Ipsos.

Percentage of Americans who say they clean out their car only once a season -- usually to clear out stuff like ice scrapers after the winter, or beach chairs and sand at the end of summer, according to Cumberland Farms survey: 34

Percentage who clean out their car only for other people, such as when they're going on a road trip with family or friends: 27

Source: Cumberland Farms.

Of employees who receive vacation/paid time off, percentage who report taking at least some time off in the last 12 months, up from 85 percent in 2014, according to a survey from Glassdoor: 91

Over the same time period, percentage who reported taking 100 percent of their eligible time off: 23

Percentage of employees who reported taking 25 percent or less of their eligible time: 23


In a search for the geekiest bespectacled TV character of all time, percentage of respondents who voted Steve Urkel of "Family Matters" as the ultimate geek, according to research by 30

Ranks of "The Office's" Dwight Schrute and "The Big Bang Theory's" Amy Farrah Fowler on the list of the geekiest characters: 2, 3


Average amount Father's Day shoppers are expected to spend for the holiday, up from last year's $125.92, according to National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analysis: $134.75

With 77 percent of consumers surveyed celebrating, projected total spending: $15.5 billion

Percentage of dads who would love to receive a "gift of experience" for Father's Day: 27

Percentage of shoppers who plan to grant that wish with gifts like tickets to a concert or a sporting event: 25

Source: NRF.

Percentage of the 2,000 full-time and part-time employees in the 14 industries surveyed by the National Safety Council who feel their employers prioritize productivity over safety: 36

Percentage of employees who feel management ignores a person's safety performance when determining promotions: 32

Percentage who say everyone is involved in solving job safety issues: 6

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of millennials (ages 18-34) who are looking to save a set amount of money or income necessary to enjoy their desired lifestyle, according to a survey by Merrill Edge: 63

Percentage of Gen Xers and baby boomers who are saving so they can leave the workforce: 55

Source: Merrill Corp.

Percentage of couples who say some of their guests hooked up during or after their wedding, according the results of The Knot's Real Weddings Study of U.S. brides and grooms: 19

Percentage of couples who reported that guests who met at their wedding are now in a committed relationship: 4

Percentage of brides who admit they got drunk at their wedding: 15

Percentage who say their groom got drunk as well: 18

Source: The Knot.

Year that the first criminal case in the United States resulted in conviction based predominantly on fingerprint evidence, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1911.

Year that the first-known criminal case in the world (in India) was solved by fingerprint matching, though the unique pattern of each person's fingerprints had been known since ancient China: 1898

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Idle Thought

"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." -- Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist

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