Percentage of Americans making $90,000 or more per year who say they would expect a neighbor who found a lost wallet or purse containing $200 to return it, according to a Gallup Poll: 82
Percentage of those making less than $24,000 per year who expressed this kind of trust in their neighbors: 50
Number of U.S. homes with at least one TV, according to Nielsen's 2010 Media Industry Fact Sheet: 114.9 Million
Percentage of video content in the U.S. that is watched on traditional television: 99
Number of hours per week the average American watches TV: 31.5
Source: Nielsen Analytics.
Percentage of people who said they would spend more money on a mattress if they thought it would improve their sex life, according to a survey by Sit 'n Sleep: 33
Percentage of respondents who said they were less active if they didn't get enough sleep: 66
Source: Sit 'n Sleep.
Approximate amount of money that shoppers saved by using coupons in 2009, according to the Coupon Industry Facts Report recently released by NCH Marketing Services: $3.5 billion
Number of coupons redeemed by consumers in 2009, a 23 percent increase over the prior year: 3.2 billion
In today's "SHE-conomy," percentage of affluent women who feel a sense of responsibility to pass along lessons learned in the economic downturn, according to results of a survey by Synovate: 50
Percentage of women who have already passed along guidance to others, the primary recipients of this advice being children, spouse/family, friends and colleagues: 52
Source: Women and Co.
Year that the first Social Security check was issued, according to the Census Bureau: 1940
Amount of money on the check that was made out to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt.: $22.54
Estimated number of Social Security beneficiaries there are today, including retired and disabled workers and surviving spouses, as well as children: 49 million
Average monthly benefit check for a retired worker: $1,044
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of parents who anticipate that their children will attend college who expect them to contribute at least in part to their own college tuition, according to a survey commissioned by Futuretrust: 90
Percentage of these parents who expect them to contribute by applying for scholarships and grants, though both are increasingly endangered financial species: 80
Worldwide, the average number of children borne by women with no schooling, according to research by the WorldWatch Institute: 4.5
Average number borne by women with some primary school: 3
Average number borne by those who complete at least one year of secondary school: 1.9
Source: WorldWatch Institute.
Percentage of U.S. adults who have given or plan to give to relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti, according to a Zogby Interactive survey: 64
Percentage of African-Americans who have donated or plan to, including 47 percent who have already done so: 81
Source: Zogby International.
Percentage of American men who are affected by hair loss, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Rogaine: 40
Percentage of Americans who incorrectly cite stress as a leading cause of hair loss: 75
Percentage who think frequently wearing a hat is a cause: 35
"Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt." -- Thomas Henry Huxley
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)