Percentage of U.S. private companies that are embracing bold innovation initiatives, such as creating novel products and services never before seen by the marketplace, to help them fulfill their growth agendas, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S.'s Trendsetter Barometer survey: 39
Percentage of businesses that are focusing on products and services that would be newly offered by their companies but would not be new in the marketplace as a whole: 37
Percentage of HR professionals worldwide who do not know how their workforce's potential is affecting the company's bottom line, according to SHL's Global Assessment Trends Report 2013: 77
Ranks of an organization's "need to engage their talent," "cultivate strong leaders," "performance management," "workforce planning/talent analytics" and "training" on the list of HR's 2013 priorities to drive change: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: SHL. Contact Media Relations at 609-279-0050 or email US@shl.com.
Despite St. Patrick's Day being one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the U.S., percentage of Americans age 21 and over who don't know that St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Tullamore Dew: 51
Percentage of respondents who falsely believe that the holiday (March 17) marks the saint's birthday (it marks the day of his death): 34
Source: Tullamore Dew.
Consecutive years that New York has hosted a St. Patrick's Day Parade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 249
The odds that a male born in 1970 is named Patrick: 1 in 162.4
Odds in 2008: 1 in 655.7
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of single adults age 50 to 75 who said they are open to dating, according to Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey data: 56
Percentage of all single baby boomers who are actively dating, but not necessarily looking for love and marriage: 45
Percentage who want to find love and get married: 11
Source: Del Webb.
Year that the ratification of the 16th Amendment (which established the modern federal tax law) was proclaimed, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business: 1913
Estimated number of words in the tax code: 4 million
Number of words in the original amendment, nearly "tweetable": 164
Percentage "normal income tax" levied under the 1913 law on an individual's net income from $0 to $20,000 ($0 to $465,212 in today's dollars): 1
Ranks of uncomfortable seats/limited legroom, costly airline fees and ticket prices, unpredictable flight delays, and long security lines on the list of the biggest complaints about air travel, according to the results of the annual air travel survey by TripAdvisor: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of respondents who say that giving "more legroom" is the No. 1 thing airlines should do to improve the in-flight experience: 38
Percentage of Americans who were able to locate the Central American nation of Costa Rica on a map showing Central America and the Caribbean and given five multiple choice options, according to the results from a research survey commissioned by the rental website forrentcostarica.com: 37
Percentage who believed the correct answer was not shown on the map: 20
Percentage of young girls between the age of 8 and 18 who have ever worn makeup who have negative feelings about their image when not wearing makeup, associating a "bare face" with feeling insecure and unattractive, according to a survey by The Renfrew Center Foundation: 20
Ranks of "self-conscious" (20 percent), "unattractive" (17 percent) and "naked/as though something is missing" (15 percent) on the list of ways these girls said going without makeup made them feel: 1, 2, 3
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of U.S. adults who have shopped for groceries online, according to a survey from CouponCabin.com: 15
Percentage of U.S. adults who haven't shopped for groceries online who said they would be at least somewhat likely to do so if online groceries were less expensive than buying them in the store: 70
"Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known." -- Michel de Montaigne
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)