Estimated percentage of all Americans who have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives, according to research from the National Restaurant Association: 50
Percentage of adults who had their first job experience in a restaurant: 25
Percentage of restaurant managers who got their start as front-line employees: 80
Source: National Restaurant Association.
Percentage of Americans who date who say they used Facebook to snoop around a date's information and check out photos, according to Zagat's Dating and Dumping survey: 41
Ranks of through family and friends, online, random encounters, through hobbies and activities, and through work on the list of the best ways to meet someone: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Percentage of Americans who love their job who say it is because of the work that they do, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs-Randstad survey: 66
Percentage who say their co-workers are the reason they love their job: 11
Percentage who cite their employer as the reason: 10
Percentage who say the pay or salary: 9
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of Americans who were concerned about whether the government was watching them online, according to a survey by YouGov: 35
Percentage who were wary about the data that social networks collect: 15
Source: Opera Software.
In 2010, percentage growth in the number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, not including a primary residence, according to Affluent Market Insights 2011, a report released by Spectrem Group: 8
Number of households this represents: 600,000
Total U.S. millionaire population today: 8.4 million
Percentage growth in the number of households with a net worth of $500,000 or more, not including a primary residence: 6
Total number of these households today, up from 12.7 million in 2009: 13.5 million
Source: Spectrem Group.
Percentage of mature workers who said the primary drivers for postponing retirement are financial restraints, according to a survey from CareerBuilder: 65
Percentage who said they need the health insurance and other benefits: 58
Percentage of respondents who said they stay because they enjoy their job: 39
Percentage who enjoy where they work: 36
Year that the nation's first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell, received her M.D. -- as the result of a joke, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1849
Finding it hard to get a job at established hospitals and clinics, year that she opened her own dispensary, which later grew to become the New York Infirmary for Women and Children: 1854
Year that she established a Women's Medical College at the Infirmary to train women physicians and doctors: 1868
Percentage of U.S. doctors who are women: 33
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Much to the chagrin of home improvement stores, percentage decline in the DIY home improvement market from 2005 to 2010, according to research from Mintel: 21
Percentage of DIYers who say they would like to undertake a major renovation or addition to their home, but they just don't have the funds: 28
Percentage of in-market new car buyers who believe it would be valuable to require a dealer to provide a no-haggle upfront selling price, according to TrueCar's Online Automotive Buying Behavior Report: 90
Percentage of car shoppers who believe that they will not receive a fair price for their trade-in or that the dealer will make up for the loss through other services (financing, extended warranties, etc.): 82
Percentage of respondents who would likely use a car-buying service from a trusted organization to save time and money: 80
Source: TrueCar Inc.
Percentage of women who think a bad skin day is worse than a bad hair day, according to a CosMedix survey: 38
Percentage of women who fear being seen without makeup by their significant other: 22
"There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one's mind." -- Marcel Proust
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)