Percentage of all workers who expect to retire at under 60 years of age, according to the EBRI 2010 Retirement Confidence Survey: 9
Percentage who expect to retire between the ages of 60 and 64: 19
Percentage who expect to retire at age 65: 24
Percentage who say they will be 66 or older when they retire: 33
Percentage of Americans who say they have owned a recalled consumer product, according to a survey by FindLaw.com: 47
Number of consumer products that were voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers in 2009, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): 465
Number of deaths that consumer products -- both recalled and unrecalled -- are involved in each year, according to the CPSC: 8,000
Estimated number of injuries that involve consumer products each year: 14 million
Percentage of consumers who own an e-reader, or electronic reading device, according to a survey from Pricegrabber.com: 5
Percentage who plan to purchase an e-reader in the next 12 months: 33
Percentage more women than men who perform elder care duties, according to the book "The Daughter Trap: Taking Care of Mom and Dad ... and You" by author Laurel Kennedy: 50
Percentage of the demanding Level 5 caregiving tasks, including more that 40 hours of care per week, that fall to women: 70
In their lifetime, average number of years women will lose to caregiving: 11.5
Average number of years men will lose: 1.3
Source: "The Daughter Trap."
Year in which one of the world's greatest libraries, the Library of Congress, was founded, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1800
Number of public libraries there are in the U.S.: 16,600
Total number of people who staff these libraries: 145,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Ranks of public speaking and the annual ritual of spring cleaning on the list of activities most dreaded by Americans, according to a survey by LG Electronics USA Inc.: 1, 2
Percentage of those polled who wished there were options to make household cleaning easier: 84
Percentage of Americans who admit they tend to take short cuts in cleaning: 60
Percentage who admit they typically clean only what can be seen because it is too difficult to get to the hard-to-reach places: 54
Source: LG Electronics USA Inc.
Percentage of respondents who say that by clearly defining roles and responsibilities they can better eliminate potential conflicts, according to a study titled What Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting a Business With a Family Member, commissioned by MassMutual: 56
Percentage who say that key business decisions are usually discussed between at least two people before a decision is made: 73
Percentage who said their decision-making process is effective: 68
Source: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Percentage of Americans who get stressed out about filing their tax return, according to a Zogby survey: 56
Percentage who expect a refund or have already received one: 60
Percentage who expect to seek an extension: 7
Source: Zogby International.
Number of smart phones shipped worldwide in 2009, according to Park Associates: 180 million
Percentage of the market that is shared by Nokia, Research in Motion and Apple: 60
Source: Parks Associates.
Percentage of all Americans who have hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health: 10
Percentage of people with hearing loss who can benefit from hearing aids: 95
Percentage of the 36 million Americans living with hearing loss who do not have hearing aids: 75
"If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein, physicist
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)