Number of Americans (36 percent) who believe it's socially acceptable to have a poor credit score, according to a survey conducted by JZ Analytics on behalf of ID Analytics: 77 million
Number of Americans (35 percent) who are more afraid of becoming an identity theft victim than they were five years ago: 75 million
Source: ID Analytics Inc.
Number of times their final pay level that workers need to meet their financial obligations in retirement, according to a survey by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions business of Aon PLC: 11
Number of times their final pay that the average U.S. worker comes up short in savings: 2.2
Source: Aon PLC.
Year that Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (accidentally) discovered an image cast from his cathode-ray generator, and named the new form of radiation "X-radiation" (X standing for "unknown"), according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1895
Year that Americans got their first glimpse of this medical marvel in an exhibit in New York City -- it came quickly into use in U.S. medicine, and then into overuse, (Thomas Edison's assistant Clarence Dally, after long, unshielded experimentation with X-rays, had both arms amputated, and then died in 1904 from exposure to radiation): 1896
Estimated number of medical devices and supply manufacturing establishments in the U.S.: 12,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Percentage of American workers who had not yet taken all of the vacation days allotted to them by their employer as of the end of November, according to a survey by Adecco Staffing U.S.: 75
Percentage of workers who are allotted three weeks or more of vacation time annually: 36
Percentage of men and women around the world who say, "Flirting is just playful fun," according to a survey from Zoosk.com: 41
Percentage of men who will flirt with a woman even if he is not interested in pursuing a relationship with her: 54
Percentage of women who will flirt with a man even if she is not interested in pursuing a relationship with him: 41
Percentage of U.S. adults who feel that they have little (33 percent) or no (12 percent) control over the personal information companies gather while they are browsing the Web or using online services such as photo sharing, travel or gaming, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Microsoft: 45
Percentage who say that they only minimally understand (17 percent) or are totally confused (4 percent) when it comes to personal online protection: 21
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs RS.
Ranks of Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Harmon, Jon Stewart, Jim Parsons and Bill O'Reilly on the list of America's favorite TV personalities, according to a survey by Harris Interactive: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt on the list of America's favorite movie stars: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of adults who report having been through an interview process, according to a poll conducted on behalf of Hire-Vue: 63
Percentage who say they have never done so (including 61 percent of those who are retired, and 45 percent of those without a college degree): 37
Percentage of global executives who are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts such as margin erosion and the inability to keep up with demand, according to a survey from Deloitte: 53
Percentage of executives who say their supply-chain risk-management programs are only somewhat effective or not effective at all: 45
Source: Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.
When asked about typical activities you'd do in a taxi, percentage of participants who responded that they talk, text or email on their phone, according to the annual global taxi survey compiled by Hotels.com: 76
Percentage who also said they slept: 56
Percentage who have shared a cab with a stranger: 35
"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks." -- Charles Dickens
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)