Percentage of U.S.-based midsized companies that incurred unintended expenses related to noncompliance with government regulations in the past year, according to a study conducted by the ADP Research Institute: 33
Average number of fines or penalties incurred by businesses that process payroll in-house: 5.7
Average number of fines or penalties for companies that outsource their payroll: 2
Percentage of travelers who are more likely to overindulge on food on vacation than while at home, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 65
Percentage who are more likely to overindulge on alcohol: 49
In spite of calorie-laden temptations on the road, percentage of respondents who rarely or never feel guilty about their vacation excesses, post-trip: 81
Value of the global pet food market in 2011, according to a market report published by Transparency Market Research: $58.6 billion
Expected value by 2017: $74.8 billion
Percentage of the total revenue accounted for by North America, the largest regional segment for the pet food industry in terms of revenue generation: 40
Source: Transparency Market Research.
Percentage of Americans (18 and over) who have engaged in "sexting," according to research from the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms: 23
Percentage who have sent a naughty photo or video: 16
Source: Trojan Brand Condoms.
Of 19 world markets studied, percentage of respondents in the United States (the only country with a minority percentage) who say they feel younger than their age, according to research by Euro RSCG Worldwide: 47
Percentage of people in the global sample who are also confident they look younger than most of their peers: 55
Source: Euro RSCG.
Year that Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid, according to the Census Bureau: 1927
Estimated number of gallons of Kool-Aid that are consumed worldwide each year: 500 million
Source: Census Bureau.
By using the new stop-start technology that automatically shuts off the engine when a driver is stuck in traffic or waiting for a red light to change, percentage improvement that can be achieved in fuel economy, according to the AAA: 12
Cost of the system where stop-start is offered as an option: $300
If gasoline costs $3.75 per gallon, amount saved annually in fuel costs by the owner of a car that normally gets 20 mpg and is driven 12,000 miles per year: $167
Percentage of rewards card holders who reported this May they would use rewards for summer vacations, according to the Capital One Rewards Barometer: 33
Percentage of respondents who actually redeemed rewards: 21
Source: Capital One Financial Corp.
In the U.K., impact in pounds sterling that the betting industry had on the U.K. economy, according to a Deloitte report: 3 billion pounds
Estimated number of jobs that the industry supports: 100,000
Estimated amount of money that Americans spend per year on state-run lotteries alone: $50 billion
Percentage of consumers who said that they have been lured into stores due to back-to-school sales and promotions for items under $1, according to the results of PriceGrabber's back-to-school shopping survey: 25
Percentage of consumers who chose "sales" as the top retailer promotion that will entice them to make a back-to-school purchase this year: 88
"The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of." -- Blaise Pascal
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