Percentage of managers who feel that March Madness activities in the workplace have a positive impact on employee morale, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 32
Percentage of managers who feel that March Madness activities have a positive impact on employee productivity: 22
Percentage of employees who are distracted from work by major sporting events: 38
Percentage of American mobile phone owners who have broken or lost a mobile phone -- in fact, on average, they've broken or lost two -- according to a new study by Verizon and KRC Research: 49
Percentage who have sent their phone through the wash: 42
Percentage who have found a pet chewing it: 20
Source: Verizon Information Services.
Percentage of employed millennials who reported feeling a sense of shame for taking or planning a vacation compared to those 35 or older (41 percent), according to research from Alamo Rent A Car: 59
Percentage of all workers who said they felt a sense of shame or guilt at their workplace for taking time off to go on a vacation: 47
Source: Alamo Rent A Car.
Percentage of credit card holders who asked for a late fee waiver and had their request granted, according to a report from CreditCards.com: 89
Percentage who requested a lower interest rate and received one: 78
Number of cardholders (out of five) who made such a request: 1
Percentage of Americans who plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, according to WalletHub: 52.3
Estimated amount of money that will be spent to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: $4.6 billion
Estimated number of pints of Guinness that will be consumed worldwide: 13 million
Estimated number of U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry, seven times the population of Ireland: 33.3 million
Percentage of employers who say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival as long as it doesn't become a pattern, according to a survey by CareerBuilder: 33
Percentage of employers who say they don't need employees to be punctual if they can still get their work done: 16
Ranks of traffic, oversleeping, bad weather and lack of sleep on the list reasons why employees are late for work: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of consumers who have had a bad experience with a product who told their friends, family or colleagues about it, according to an Ipsos survey: 52
Percentage who indicated they have shared a good experience with others: 56
Percentage of consumers who had a bad experience who shared it on a social media platform: 12
Percentage of those who had a good experience who did the same: 10
Rank of pepperoni on Americans' list of favorite pizza toppings, according to a Harris poll: 1
Rank of anchovies, on Americans' list of least-favorite pizza toppings: 1
Ranks of sausage, mushrooms, cheese/plain and onions on the list of favorite toppings: 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of thin crust, regular crust and deep dish on the list of favorite crust styles: 1, 2, 3
Source: The Harris Poll.
Today, approximate number of egg-producing companies with 1 million-plus hens, representing about 85 percent of total U.S. production, according to the American Egg Board: 62
Number of companies with greater than 5 million hens: 16
As of September 2015, total percentage of hens that are cage-free, totaling 23.6 million hens: 8.6
Of this figure, percentage (11.4 million hens) that were USDA Organic: 4.2
Source: American Egg Board.
Amount the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States collectively paid in state and local taxes, according to a 50-state study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: $11.64 billion
Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
"The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped." -- Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher
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