In 2016, percentage of adults who receive paid vacation as part of their job benefits, according to research from Alamo Rent A Car: 56
Percentage of respondents receiving paid vacation who leave some of these days on the table: 41
Of those who reported having unused paid vacation days, percentage who said they left five or more vacation days unused in 2015: 40
Source: Alamo Rent A Car.
Percentage of adult Americans who drink alcohol at least a few times a year who say they have alcohol when celebrating a special occasion, according to a Harris Poll: 86
Percentage who say they imbibe when they have a really bad day: 60
Percentage who say they drink when they're stressed: 52
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of chief financial officers who said new hires have one to less than three months to prove themselves, according to a Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey: 54
Percentage who expect employees to make their mark in less than a month: 9
Percentage who said three months to less than six months months: 25
Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.
Percentage of Americans who say they believe swearing is more commonplace today than 20 years ago, and report hearing profanity in public frequently or occasionally, according to an Ipsos poll: 75 plus
Percentage who admitted to swearing at least once a day: 33
When it comes to the "F-word," percentage of Americans who use this word on a daily basis: 25
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Increase in the average cost of a wedding in the past five years, with couples spending an average of $32,641 in 2015, according to the results of a The Knot survey: $5,500
Ranks of reception venue ($1,950 increase), ceremony site ($652) and reception band ($545) on the list of categories most responsible for driving up the cost: 1, 2, 3
Average spent to tie the knot in Manhattan, the most expensive place to get married: $82,299
Average spent to tie the knot in Alaska, the least expensive place to get married: $17,361
Source: The Knot.
Percentage of North American employees who say they have the right tools and technology they need to be more productive, according to Mercer's 2016 Global Talent Trends Study: 73
Percentage of North American employees who say they have creative training available: 69
Number of people killed by terrorism in 2014, compared to 18,111 in 2013, the largest increase ever recorded, according to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index: 32,658
Percentage of all global terrorism fatalities in 2014 for which Boko Haram and ISIL were jointly responsible: 51
Percentage of all deaths that occurred in just five countries -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria: 78
Global economic cost of terrorism in 2015, an all-time high: $52.9 billion
Source: Institute for Economics & Peace.
Percentage of women losing sleep over money problems, according to a recent CreditCards.com report: 68
Percentage of men losing sleep over money problems: 56
Percentage of adults losing sleep worrying about saving enough money for retirement: 39
Estimated number of hours that administrative assistants save their managers a day, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 3
Source: Robert Half.
If money were no object, percentage of respondents to a Mother's Day CreditDonkey.com survey who said they would send Mom on vacation: 56
Percentage who would buy her a new house: 27
Percentage who would buy her a car: 13
Alas, for all the mothers out there, the average amount of money respondents plan to spend this Mother's Day: $61.56
"Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no troublemakers, no dissenters, we should still be living in caves." -- A.J.P. Taylor, historian
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