Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 12, 2019

Percentage of Americans who have helped entertain other travelers' children, according to a survey by Expedia: 21

Percentage who believe politely speaking with a seat kicker is the best way to address this annoyance: 45

Percentage who wouldn't even do anything because they assume it's not intentional: 16

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of people responding to a survey by who indicated that they would choose to save their sanity by compromising various home features, including lot size, square footage and style of the home, in order to reduce their commute time: 85

Percentage of the respondents who are looking to reduce their commute time by up to 45 minutes: 40


Percentage more of their time that employees say they spend on collaborative work than they did 20 years ago, according to research from Eagle Hill Consulting: 50

Percentage of American workers who say that projects take longer and are more frustrating when working on teams: 55

Percentage of workers who indicate team projects yield better outcomes: 68

Percentage who say they are more fun: 61

Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.

Percentage of Americans who admit to binge drinking on the Fourth of July, according to 57

Percentage of American men who admitted to driving while blackout drunk, compared to 12% of women who said the same, according to a study on drinking and driving habits by American Addiction Centers: 24

Percentage of respondents who admitted they were a passenger of a drunk driver: 50

Source: American Addiction Centers.

Percentage of medical residents who would prefer to practice in communities of 10,000 people or fewer, according to a report by Merritt, Hawkins and Associates: 1

Percentage who would prefer to practice in communities of 25,000 people or fewer: 2

Percentage who would prefer communities of 250,000 or more: 65

Source: Merritt, Hawkins and Associates.

Percentage of parents who have not been able to save anything for their child's education, with 4 in 10 parents admitting that having a child is more expensive than they anticipated, according to a survey from Country Financial: 30

Percentage of parents who predict/report that their contribution will cover 81 to 100 percent of their child's education: 18

Percentage who said they predict they'll be able to cover, or were able to cover, 60 percent or less of their child's college education costs: 60

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of U.S. travelers who are planning road trips this summer, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 60

Percentage who will be heading to a beach/ocean, the most popular trip type: 22

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of American adults who identify a civility problem in society, according to a survey by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate: 93

Percentage of Americans who say that, in their experience, the impact of social media on civility has been more negative than positive: 63

Percentage of Americans who work with others who describe their place of employment as very or somewhat civil: 89

Source: Weber Shandwick.

Estimated number of people who are suffering from drug use disorders that require treatment services, according to a study from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime: 35 million

Estimated number of people who injected drugs in 2017, 1.4 million of whom are living with HIV, and 5.6 million with hepatitis C: 11 million

Estimated amount of cocaine manufactured (chiefly in South America) in 2017, an all-time high: 2,000 tons

Estimated number of people worldwide who used drugs in 2017: 271 million

Number of reported synthetic opiod overdoses in the U.S. in 2017, centered around Fentanyl and similar drugs: 51,000

Source: UN News Centre.

Percentage of CFOs who expect an economic downturn by the end of 2020, according to a Deloitte survey: 84

Percentage who expect it to be mild: 80

Percentage who say they expect a U.S. downturn in the next two years: 97

Source: Deloitte.

Idle Thought

"Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life." -- Giorgos Seferis, writer, diplomat, Nobel laureate

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