Number of copies of adult coloring books that were sold in the United States last year, up from just 1 million in 2014, according to Nielsen BookScan data from the 2015 U.S. Book Industry Year Review: 12 million
Number of coloring book titles that were published last year, compared with 300 the previous year: 2,000
In the past year alone (year ended April 30), amount that Americans spent on colored pencils, a 47 percent spike from the previous year: $128.2 million
Source: Nielsen Media Research.
Percentage of people who said financial security would allow them to relocate or buy a home, according to new data from Northwestern Mutual: 34
Percentage who said financial security would allow them to leave money to loved ones: 32
Percentage of people who said they would stop working if they had financial security: 15
Source: Northwestern Mutual.
Percentage of adults who reported never working on vacation, according to research from Alamo Rent A Car: 44
In both the 2015 and 2016 surveys, rank of "spending quality time together" as the most important benefit of traveling as a family: 1
Percentage of adults who said they are likely to go on vacations with extended family, up from 67 percent in 2015: 73
Source: Alamo Rent A Car.
Amount of annual revenue that comes from IRS enforcement activities, according to WalletHub: $50 to $60 billion
Amount that comes from people who "voluntarily pay what they owe": $3.3 trillion
Number of hours it takes Americans to do their taxes each year (16 hours per person): 6.1 billion
Rank of Mossack Fonseca on the list of the largest global firms providing clandestine offshore financial services, according to an article by Deborah Hardoon, Oxfam's deputy head of research: 4
Estimated amount that tax havens cost poor countries in lost tax revenues each year: $170 billion
With telecommuting, flexible schedules and an increasingly wired (and wireless) world, percentage of employees who feel their work and personal lives are becoming increasingly blended, according to the 2016 Cone Communications Employee Engagement Study: 64
Percentage who want to work for a company that cares about them as an individual: 93
Percentage of workers who say their job is more fulfilling when they are provided opportunities to make a positive impact at work: 74
Source: Cone Communications.
Year that the first recorded automobile accident involving two vehicles (a bicycle and a car) occurred, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1896
Today, average number of motor vehicle accidents that are reported to police per year: 5.7 million
Estimated number of insurance carriers in the U.S., with annual industry revenues of about $1.7 trillion: 31,000
Source: Census Bureau.
When it comes to makeup/cosmetic use, average number of days per week that women typically wear makeup, including using mascara (5 days), foundation (4.9), concealer (4.8) and eyeliner (4.8), according to a survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Boots Retail USA Inc.: 5
When it comes to satisfaction with current cosmetics, ranks of eyeliner and mascara on the list of items that women are most happy with: 1, 2
Source: Ipsos-Reid Public Affairs.
Percentage of Americans who believe that everyone has control over their weight, according to a survey of 1,000 overweight Americans by Mike Berland: 75
Percentage of respondents who say that all calories are the same: 82
Percentage who say dieting is expensive: 76
Source: Teszler PR Inc.
Percentage of American adults who believe musicians and comedians canceling performances will be effective in deterring the passage of anti-LGBT laws, according to a Harris Poll: 50
Percentage of Americans who are familiar with "bathroom bills" -- laws that require individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex at birth: 76
Source: The Harris Poll.
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