Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 19, 2019

Ranks of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando on the list of the most visited American destinations, according to a study by PGAV Destinations and H2R Market Research: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Disney World, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and New York City on the list of the top five attractions that inspire a foreign traveler's visit to America: 1, 2, 3, 4 (tie)

Source: PGAV Destinations/H2R Market Research.

Percentage of Americans who said that they cook every single day, according to the Cooking at Home Report by June: 20

Percentage who said that they cook four or more times per week: 50

Percentage of men who said they considered cooking a desirable quality in a date: 86

Percentage of women who agreed: 89

Source: June.

Percentage of workers who save their vacation time for June, July and August, according to an Accountemps survey: 58

Average number of days respondents plan to take off this summer: 10

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 and 53 who went into debt to pay for their wedding, according to a study by Lending Tree: 45

Of those, percentage who say they argued about wedding-related expenses with their partner: 76

Percentage of those who avoided wedding debt who said the same: 20

Source: Lending Tree.

Percentage of homeowners who do not know what their homeowners insurance policies cover, according to a study by 47

Percentage who wrongfully think their policy covers flooding: 34

Percentage of homeowners who have never reviewed their policies, even at the point of purchase: 18


Percentage of people who are already weighted blanket believers, according to a survey by Tranquility: 10

Percentage of respondents who say they would try a weighted blanket to help them relax and sleep better: 22

Percentage of people who self-identify as snugglers, vs. only 12% who say they are definitely not a snuggler: 59

Source: Tranquility.

Percentage of the most popular summer vacation destinations this year that are made up of hot spots like Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles, according to an Expedia survey: 25

Whether a road trip, or a flight with family or a significant other this summer, number of hours that travelers are willing to spend in transit: 5 to 10

Source: Expedia.

Estimated percentage of Americans who have a favorable view of NASA, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of C-SPAN: 75

Percentage who agree that space exploration "is necessary": 66

Ranks of scientific discoveries, inspires young people and helps monitor natural disasters on the list of reasons to continue the space program: 1, 2, 3

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Rank of The Leela Palace in Udaipur, India, on the list of the world's best hotels, according to the Meredith Corporation's Travel and Leisure's "World's Best Awards 2019": 1

Ranks of Hoi An, Vietnam; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Chiang Mai, Thailand, on the list of the world's top cities for travel: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Mexico City, Mexico; Ubud, Indonesia; Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; and Florence, Italy, on the list: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Source: Meredith Corp.

Percentage of employees who say they are likely to participate in an employer-provided job retraining program, according to a survey report by Clutch: 70

Ranks of classes and workshops (19%), tuition assistance for classes (19%) and job shadowing (13%) on the list of job development opportunities employees desire: 1 (tie), 3

Percentage of employees who are offered job retraining who say they are satisfied with the programs their employer provides: 70

Source: Clutch.

Idle Thought

"It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them." -- Cesare Beccaria, philosopher and politician

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