Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 17, 2017

Percentage of lawyers who said they've seen an increase in lawsuits linked to images or information found on social media and mobile devices, according to Robert Half Legal: 52

Percentage of respondents who reported a rise in cases related to data on personal mobile devices used by employees for work purposes: 27

Source: Robert Half Legal.

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


Ranks of Australia, Italy, Bora Bora, Ireland and New Zealand on the list of the most dreamed-about destinations for American travelers, according to Travel Leaders Group: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage of Americans who have some concern about how they may be perceived while traveling abroad: 68

Ranks of Hawaii, California, Alaska, Florida and New York on the list of the most desirable domestic vacations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Travel Leaders.

Percentage of millennials who say saving -- as opposed to spending -- makes them feel secure, according to a TD Ameritrade survey: 80

Percentage who say the No. 1 reason to save is to have the confidence you can meet your financial obligations whatever happens: 66

Source: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

Percentage rise in a teen driver's risk of a fatal crash risk caused by having one teen passenger (two passengers doubles fatal crash risk, and three or more quadruples crash risk), according to a prom and graduation season survey by the National Safety Council: 44

Percentage of parents who drive distracted who do so in front of their teens: 95

Source: National Safety Council.

Ranks of vanilla, chocolate, cookies n' cream, mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough on the list of America's top ice cream flavors, according to a survey conducted by International Dairy Foods Association: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

From neighborhood scoop shops to national brands, amount the ice cream industry in the United States contributes to the national economy: $39 billion

Number of jobs it creates nationally: 188,000

Source: IDFA.

Number of guns per 100 people in the United States (the highest rate in the world), according to research by 88

Number of guns per 100 people in Yemen (the second highest): 54.8

Ranks of Switzerland (45.7), Finland (45.3) and Serbia (37.8) on the list: 3, 4, 5


Ranks of the United States (other), Florida, California, Hawaii and Mexico on the list of the top 10 beach holiday destinations for Americans, according to the results of the 2017 Expedia Flip Flop Report: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Globally, average amount of time beachgoers spend getting ready (dieting, salon, etc.) in advance of a trip: 40 days

Percentage of Americans who spend more time packing than on vacation: 29

Source: Expedia.

Year that the 26th Amendment to the Constitution became law, lowering the age requirement for voting in national elections from 21 years of age to 18: 1971

Year that the amendment added some 11 million voters to the electorate: 1972

Today, number of young Americans ages 18 to 20 in the country: 13.1 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of married Americans who report having retirement savings or investments according to the Ipsos/USA Today Retirement poll: 75

Percentage of non-married Americans who say the same: 57

When asked how concerned they were with being able to afford various health-related costs during retirement, percentage who said they were very or somewhat concerned with affording a major medical issue: 65

Percentage who said they were concerned with being able to afford in-home medical care: 58

Source: Ipsos.

Idle Thought

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." -- Thomas Pynchon, novelist

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