Figuratively Speaking For January 11, 2019

When it comes to indulging and straying from the usual diet, rank of pizza as the choice of dish (25 percent), beating out ice cream (18 percent) or burger with fries (18 percent), fried chicken (7 percent) and tacos (7 percent), according to a Harris Poll survey conducted for California Pizza Kitchen: 1

Percentage of the U.S. population who consume pizza on any given day, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Agriculture: 13

Source: The Harris Poll.

Rank of "lack of human interaction" on the list of the most cited reasons for discomfort with artificial intelligence, according to SAS: 1

When asked if they could explain the concept of artificial intelligence to a friend or colleague, percentage of respondents who said they could: 44

Source: SAS.

Percentage of respondents who said their organizations will not be providing additional base salary increases to employees as a result of recent legislation that cut the corporate tax rate from as high as 35 percent to a flat rate of 21 percent, according to a survey of senior executives by Korn Ferry: 86

Percentage of organizations who also indicated that it is not likely that they will be providing a one-time bonus to employees due to the tax savings: 91

Source: Korn Ferry International.

Number of times the U.S. government has been closed for business since 1976, including the partial shutdown that began on Dec. 22, 2018, according to WalletHub: 21

Ranks of the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Maryland, Hawaii and Alaska on the list of states most affected by the government shutdown: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana on the list of states least affected by the shutdown: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households who plan to buy a smart video doorbell in the next 12 months, according to Parks Associates: 25

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of American adults who enjoy adult jigsaw puzzling (those that have 500-plus pieces) at least once a year, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos, on behalf of Ravensburger: 48

Percentage who say they puzzle monthly, weekly or daily: 19

Percentage who say that they puzzle less than once a year or never: 52

Source: Ipsos Marketing, Global Consumer Goods Sector.

Value of the wellness tourism market in 2017, up from $563 billion in 2015, growing more than twice as fast as overall tourism, according to the Global Wellness Institute: $639 billion

Forecast value by 2022: $1 trillion

Ranks of China and India on the list of countries with the highest recent growth, adding 22 and 17 million wellness trips, respectively, from 2015 to 2017: 1, 2

Source: Global Wellness Institute.

Percentage of adults who would be comfortable working in an open office if they had access to a private space like phone rooms or small work areas, and if noise and distraction were limited, according to research commissioned by Coldwell Banker: 66

Percentage who say they would not be comfortable working in an open office if it meant multiple workers in one office or workspace: 52

Percentage of U.S. working adults who said their office could better utilize its physical space, with the top way being a better floor plan: 63

Source: Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates.

Percentage of rewards cardholders who say they earn the most rewards on grocery purchases, according to a new report: 35

Percentage who say travel is their top-earning category: 27

Ranks of gas and dining on the list: 3, 4


Idle Thought

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." -- Pablo Picasso

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