Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 13, 2020

Number of Americans who claim Irish ancestry (7 times Ireland's population), according to research by WalletHub: 32.1 million

Percentage of Americans who plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2020: 57

Percentage of celebrants who plan to wear green: 79

Market value of a leprechaun's pot of gold (1,000 1 oz. gold coins): $1.6 million

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of U.S. adults who currently own unredeemed gift cards or store credits, including airline redemption vouchers, according to a new survey released today: 50

Among those, amount the average adult has in unused cards/credits: $167

Collectively, amount that represents in untouched money: $21 billion


While spring break is one of the most popular travel times of the year, percentage of Gen Z (those born between 1995 and 2015) who are skeptical about traveling due to the spread of COVID-19, according to the results of a survey by EduBirdie: 76

Percentage who said they are considering canceling existing travel plans: 23

Percentage of respondents who said they prefer beach destinations over a colder ski vacation: 49

Source: EduBirdie.

Percentage of single parents who reported that they are hesitant to get back into the dating game because they are nervous about how their kids will feel/react, according to a survey by 76

Percentage who said that they weren't sure how to approach dating because it had been so long since they have been intimate with another person: 24

Source: Group.

Percentage of co-working employees who prefer to work in their co-working space, according to a survey from Clutch: 33

Percentage who would prefer to work remotely: 39

Percentage who would rather work in a traditional office space: 28

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of people who report being in a political discussion where they were either the recipient or the initiator of verbal attacks, insults or name-calling -- up from 41% who said the same thing in 2016, according to a survey by VitalSmarts: 55

Back in 2016, percentage who said they'd had a political discussion that hurt a relationship: 42

Now, percentage who say a political discussion has hurt a relationship: 71

Percentage who add the relationship has never fully recovered: 23

Source: VitalSmarts.

Percentage of professionals who said their company organizes activities to celebrate sporting events like March Madness, according to research by Robert Half: 75

Of those, percentage who feel these festivities improve their on-the-job morale: 78

Ranks of friendly competitions, themed breaks or potlucks, and wearing team apparel on the list of the most impactful activities among workers who reported a boost in spirits: 1, 2, 3

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of employees who admit they put their phone on silent mode at various times throughout the workday just to minimize the interruptions, according to a survey by TRUCE Software: 89

Percentage who admit they have some level of automated alerts set up on their phones, sending them alerts throughout the day -- many of which are non-work-related: 80

Source: TRUCE Software.

Percentage of all kids who are wearing shoes that are too small, putting them at risk of foot deformity, according to a BlitzResults survey: 67

Of these, percentage who are wearing one size too small (with 19% wearing two sizes too small): 48

Percentage who are wearing the correct size: 33


Percentage of patients who would not recommend a surgeon who left unsightly scars, according to a nationwide survey by BandGrip: 67

Percentage who would recommend a surgeon who left cosmetically pleasing scars: 98

Percentage who rated the quality of the surgeon as high-quality based on the look of the scar: 65

Source: BandGrip.

Idle Thought

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." -- Epictetus

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