Percentage of consumers who plan to shop end-of-year sales after the holidays, according to a RetailMeNot.com survey: 79
Percentage of consumers who plan to buy gifts for themselves during end-of-year sales: 50
Percentage of consumers who have purchased a gift for themselves because no one got it for them for the holidays: 35
Estimated amount of money that Warren Buffett made per day in 2013, according to calculations by Wealth-X, making him the billionaire who made the most money this year: $37 million
With a gain of $12.7 billion in 2013, the estimated value of Buffett's net worth: $59.1 billion
Percentage of U.S. adults who have some type of goal they would like to achieve in the new year, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Strayer University: 93
Percentage who have health-related goals, such as being more active, eating more healthily or getting more sleep: 54
Percentage who have a socially oriented goal: 37
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Weight of New York's famous Waterford crystal ball that begins its descent on New Year's Eve, according to the Times Square Visitors Center: 11,875 pounds
Diameter of the geodesic sphere: 12 feet
Number of Waterford crystal triangles that make up the ball, varying in length from 4 3/4 inches to 5 3/4 inches per side: 2,688
Number of Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs (light emitting diodes) that illuminate the ball -- evenly divided among the colors red, blue, green and white: 32,256
Estimated number of colors, along with billions of patterns, produced by the ball to create a kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square: 16 million
Source: Times Square Visitors Center.
Percentage of neckties sold annually that are Christmas gifts, according to the Census Bureau: 20
Today in the U.S., estimated value of the necktie-making business per year: $390 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of women who claimed they had better sex with a partner while he had new facial hair from partaking in "Movember," a month-long mustache-growing event held each November to raise awareness for men's health issues, according to a survey by Durex: 45
Percentage of women who stated their partner is more adventurous with his mustache: 27
Ranks of Charlotte, Amelia, Olivia, Ava and Aria on the list of babyname.com's top baby names for girls in 2013: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of Liam, Noah, Oliver, Aiden and Asher on the list of the top baby names for boys in 2013: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
When people were asked if they would rather give a gift with a $25 value, a gift certificate with a $25 value or $25 in cash, percentage who chose the gift certificate, according to a survey by Saint Leo University Polling Institute: 39
Percentage who said they prefer to select a gift: 24
Percentage who said they would prefer to give cash: 24
When it comes to receiving a gift, percentage of people who would prefer receiving $25 in cash: 41
Source: Saint Leo University Polling Institute.
When returning a gift, percentage of respondents who said they always or sometimes buy something else to replace the returned item, according to the Alliance Data Retail Services holiday habits survey: 93
Percentage who return gifts within a day or so: 16
Percentage who take three to eight months: 12
Source: Alliance Data Retail Services.
Ranks of a side dish, dessert, drinks, paper products and main dish on the list of items guests are requested to bring to a party, according to an American Express survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: American Express.
"You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave." -- Billie Holiday
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