Percentage of American workers who admit to using their sick days as "vacation" days, according to a survey by Adecco Staffing: 47
Percentage of workers who get upset when their co-workers take multiple long weekends off: 29
Percentage who feel as though their colleagues judge them when they take any time off: 23
Percentage of adults who say they have tried marijuana, up from 40 percent three years ago, according to a Pew Research Center survey: 48
Percentage who said they smoked "just for fun": 47
Percentage of young adults who say they've tried marijuana: 56
Percentage of adults 65 and older who say they've ever used marijuana, though a third support its legalization: 22
Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Percentage of women who are camera shy (citing anxiety about their appearance) and say that it prevents them from capturing important memories, including photos of a beach vacation, their own wedding pictures or even photos of the birth of their child, according to Dove global research: 77
On average, age at which women become more self-conscious in front of the camera: 24
Source: Dove Research.
Ranks of Provincetown, Mass. ($217), Cape May, N.J. ($204), and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. ($202) on the list of the United States' most expensive destinations, according to the finding of a survey from CheapHotels.org based on the average price of each locale's cheapest available room: 1, 2, 3
Amount that Hong Kong millionaire Tiffany Chen revealed she paid for what Christie's auction house calls "the largest and most perfect briolette diamond ever sold at auction," signalling a trend among the world's ultra net-worth individuals, according to Wealth-X: $11.15 million
Percentage increase in rough diamond prices since 2005 -- and likely to rise a further 20 percent between 2013 and 2017, bolstered by demand from China and India: 33
Rank of Hong Kong billionaire Yu Tung Cheng, honorary chairman of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, on the list of the wealthiest billionaire diamond collectors with a net worth of $19.6 billion: 1
Value of the North America weight loss/obesity management market in 2012, according to a report by MarketsandMarkets.com: $104 billion
Projected value of the market by 2017: $139.5 billion
Rank of the U.S. on the list of the largest markets for weight loss/obesity management: 1
Percentage of British citizens lucky enough to win at least 1 million British pounds who still say they would choose not to stay in five-star hotels despite their unexpected new wealth, according to a study conducted by lottery operator Camelot and Oxford Economics: 32
Source: Holiday Hypermarket.
Percentage of moms who sleep in separate beds from their spouse or partner so at least one of them can get an uninterrupted night of sleep, according to BabyCenter.com: 40
Percentage of sleep-deprived moms who would rather get a good night's sleep than have sex with her partner: 72
Source: BabyCenter LLC.
Percentage of executives who rated their network as "very fast" (20 megabytes per second or faster), according to a survey at LTE World Summit: 50
Percentage of respondents who believed that their network was still not fast enough: 68
When executives were asked what rate of acceleration would make it worth their while to invest in technologies to boost their network's speed, percentage who said they would be satisfied with as little as 20 percent acceleration: 70
Source: LTE world Summit.
Percentage of moms and dads who divulged they wouldn't trust their teenage children to host a party, according to research from Allianz Your Cover Insurance: 29
Percentage of teenagers who revealed that they, too, fear a party could get out of control -- their top fear being uninvited guests turning up: 42
"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." -- Francis Bacon
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