Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 22, 2019

Percentage of Americans who admit to taking more hot showers during the winter months, according to a survey conducted for CeraVe: 50

Percentage who realize that the hot showers they are taking can contribute to itchy skin: 25

Percentage of Americans who say they are likely to see a dermatologist during the winter: 64

Source: CeraVe.

Estimated number of square miles -- 5 times the size of New York City, and more than a million acres -- that was added to the total area owned by America's top 100 landowners in 2018, according to The 2019 Land Report 100 sponsored by 2,000

Ranks of cable industry pioneers John Malone (2.2 million acres) and Ted Turner (2 million acres) on the list of the nation's largest landowners: 1, 2

Rank of Jeff Bezos, who uses his 420,000-acre Texas ranch to launch and land rockets: 28

Source: The Land Report.

Percentage of Americans who say they have friendships that last longer than their romantic relationships, according to a survey Fort Mason Games: 62

Percentage of respondents who say they have friends they think will be friends for life: 86

Percentage who say trustworthiness is a top friendship trait: 51

Percentage who say their busy lifestyles are the biggest obstacle to friendship: 35

Source: Fort Mason Games.

Percentage of CFOs who are at least moderately concerned about the risks they might face in the next 12 months, according to insurance company Euler Hermes' "Risky Business" Survey: 75

Percentage who say that they don't feel fully prepared to handle the current risk landscape: 58

Percentage who consider a nonpayment event a threat to their businesses: 70

Source: Euler Hermes Americas.

Percentage of employees who attribute recognition in the workplace to the creation and maintenance of a stronger, more positive and engaged company culture, according to Snappy Gifts national Employee Happiness Survey: 95

Percentage of employees who feel undervalued: 33

Estimated average cost of losing a good hire: $30,000

Source: Snappy.

Percentage of adult respondents who report living with some type of back or neck pain, according to a survey conducted by Brightday: 90

Percentage who think it's "normal" for them to feel that way, even when it's preventing them from doing housework, enjoying/having sex and playing with their kids: 70

Ranks of "working at a desk," "lifting heavy objects" and "my weight" on the list of reasons cited for their back/neck pain: 1, 2, 3

Source: Brightday.

Percentage of people who agreed there should be more laws and/or regulations put in place to protect credit card holders, according to a report from CompareCards: 79

Percentage who said there should be a cap on the interest rates financial institutions can charge on a credit card: 88

Source: CompareCards.

Although digital devices play an ever-increasing role in our everyday lives, percentage of Americans who still hand write every day, according to a survey by Pilot Corporation of America: 80

Percentage of respondents who stated that writing things down helps them better retain information: 90

Source: Pilot Corporation of America.

Percentage of Americans who would consider divorcing their spouse over lying about money, according to a survey: 27

Percentage who said that divorce would not be an option if they found out their partner was carrying a financial secret: 73

Amount of hidden debt women would tolerate before considering divorce: $15,490

Amount men would tolerate: $14,414


Percentage of professionals who tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, according to a survey by Robert Half: 55

Percentage of male employees who tried to negotiate pay, versus 45 percent of women: 68

Percentage of professionals aged 18 to 34 who asked for higher compensation, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (55 percent) and 55 and older (38 percent): 65

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Idle Thought

"And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful." -- Ruskin Bond, "Scenes from a Writer's Life"

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