Percentage of Americans who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, according to an Allstate Insurance Co. poll: 41
Percentage of respondents who say they don't earn enough each month to pay for essentials: 8
Source: Allstate Insurance Co.
Percentage of U.S. adults who tip and use coupons or daily deals who then tip on the discounted total, resulting in a lower payday for those performing the services, according to a survey conducted on behalf of CouponCabin: 26
Percentage of U.S. adults who said they don't leave a tip when they receive less than average service: 30
Number of years that banks had operated in America before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 50
Year that Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S., hitting the City Bank on New York's Wall Street: 1831
Amount of money he got away with, a huge sum at the time: $245,000
After being caught and convicted, number of years he spent in New York's Sing Sing Prison: 5
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of commuters who said they know sending a text or email while driving isn't safe, according to a poll sponsored by AT&T: 98
Percentage of commuters who self-reported texting while driving: 49
Percentage of hiring managers and human resource professionals who said they are hiring more employees with college degrees for positions that were historically held by high school graduates, according to a study by CareerBuilder: 32
Ranks of financial services, health care and manufacturing on the list of industries where this trend is most prevalent: 1, 2, 3
Due to escalating prices for beef and pork, percentage of consumers who want restaurants to offer a greater variety of chicken entrees, according to research by Technomic: 55
Percentage of consumers who want to see more options for turkey entrees on the menu: 40
Percentage rise in breakfast entrees featuring chicken on the Top 500 full-service restaurant menus since 2011: 16
Percentage of parents who believe they hold the leading influence over their kids' decisions not to drink at all or to not drink on occasion, according to a survey conducted by Toluna for the Century Council: 89
Ranks of friends/peers, brothers/sisters and teachers on the list of those adults who have the most influence on their decision: 2, 3, 4
Source: Century Council.
Percentage of vigorous exercisers who say they rarely or never have symptoms commonly associated with insomnia, including waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep and difficulty falling asleep, according to the results of the National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll: 70
Percentage of non-exercisers who say they woke up during the night: 50
Percentage who say they had difficulty falling asleep every night or almost every night: 24
Source: National Sleep Foundation.
Percentage of respondents who cited booking early as the highest contributor to overall travel savings, according to a survey by ShopAtHome.com that revealed the shopping mistakes of even the savviest couponers and deal hunters: 48
Percentage of respondents who correctly cited booking packages as the highest contributor to overall travel savings: 39
Percentage of U.K. and U.S. consumers who say that they only buy from businesses that make it easy for them to deal with, according to research from BT and Avaya: 78
Percentage who believe convenience is more important than price: 33
Percentage of consumers who believe customer loyalty is a thing of the past: 50
"It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us." -- Epicurus, philosopher
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)