Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 05, 2019

Percentage of Americans who reported having at least one online subscription, according to a report from 76

Percentage who pay for services like Netflix and Hulu: 58

Percentage who said they paid for online subscription shopping like Amazon Prime: 41

Percentage who subscribe to a music service like Spotify or Pandora: 34

Source: CompareCards.

Number of hot dogs that MLB fans are expected to consume this season, according to a survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council: 18.3 million

Estimated number of sausages that will be eaten: 4 million

Source: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Percentage of U.S. parents (6 million) who say they have a child under 18 with a credit card, according to a report released today: 8

Among parents who have credit cards, percentage who said their kids have used the parents’ card without permission: 21

Percentage who said it has happened multiple times: 13


Ranks of shared interests, a satisfying sexual relationship and sharing household chores as the most important elements to a successful marriage, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press: 1, 2, 3

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Percentage of resumes HR managers receive that are from candidates who don't meet the job requirements, according to research from Robert Half: 42

Percentage of professionals who admitted they would submit for a role when they don't match all the qualifications: 78

Percentage of HR managers who reported their company is open to hiring an employee whose skills can be developed through training: 84

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of workers who say it's common for employees to use company time for personal income tax preparation (e.g., printing paperwork, filling out forms, talking to their accountant), according to an Accountemps survey: 43

Percentage who say employees routinely use office resources (e.g., copier, printer, scanner, mailroom) to complete tax paperwork: 50

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of Americans who will make Easter baskets this year, according to a National Confectioners Association survey: 66

Percentage of Americans who say chocolate eggs and bunnies continue to be their favorite Easter candy, while jelly beans and candy-coated eggs are not far behind: 55

Average number of times people in the United States enjoy chocolate and candy, adding just 40 calories and about one teaspoon of added sugar per day: 2 to 3 times per week

Source: National Confectioners Association.

Percentage of buyers' agents who say that staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home, according to a National Association of Realtors' survey: 83

Percentage of sellers' agents who said that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market: 53

Percentage who say staging a home increases its dollar value by 1% to 5%: 25

Source: National Association of Realtors.

Percentage of the people who acknowledged that they are more likely to buy optical glasses that are trendy and offer an extra feature, technological or practical, than to buy them just for health purposes, according to a survey conducted by 76


Idle thought

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