Rank of Beverly Hills, Calif., among the most-expensive real estate markets in the United States, according to a survey of 400 cities conducted by Coldwell Banker: 1
Average price of a single-family house in Beverly Hills with four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, 2,200 square feet of space and a two-car garage: $2.2 million
Number of California cities in the top 10: 8
Source: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp.
Percentage of Americans who say that American society is divided into two groups, the "haves" and the "have-nots," according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press: 48
Percentage of Americans in 1988 who said that American society is divided into two groups, the "haves" and the "have-nots": 26
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Ranks of the salaries of managers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in terms of the purchasing power of their salaries, according to a 46-nation study conducted by the Hay Group: 1, 2
Rank of the United States: 24
Buying power of a U.S. manager's average annual salary when taxes and costs of living are taken into account: $104,905
Approximate buying power for managers in Russia, Turkey and Mexico, all of which ranked higher than the United States: $150,000
Source: Hay Group.
Ranks of princess (10.7 percent), Spider-Man (4.8 percent), pirate (4.7 percent), witch (4.2 percent) and fairy (2.8 percent) among the popular costumes for children, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of witch (16.9 percent), pirate (3.8 percent), vampire (3.1 percent), cat (2.5 percent) and princess (2.2 percent) among the most popular costumes for adults: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Percentage of people who said that cell phones should either be turned off completely, not answered and/or checked only during a free moment at a restaurant, according to a survey by Teletouch Communications Inc. and its Hawk Electronics Division: 90
Ranks of "talking too loudly on cell phones in public" and "forgetting to silence cell phones in quiet settings" as the behaviors that respondents found most annoying: 1, 2
Source: VOLLMER Public Relations.
Rank of Brazil among countries in which the 4GB iPod Nano costs the most, according to a survey conducted by Commonwealth Bank aimed at measuring purchasing power in 55 countries: 1
Average cost of an iPod nano in Brazil: $327.71
Ranks of India, Sweden and Denmark: 2, 3, 4
Average cost in the United States: $149
Source: Commonwealth Bank.
Percentage of U.S. employees who say they volunteer to use a wireless device for work purposes in order to be accessible, according to a survey conducted by Yahoo! HotJobs: 49
Percentage who say they are required to: 29
Source: Yahoo! HotJobs.
Total amount college students are estimated to spend on textbooks for the 2007/2008 academic year, according to a study conducted by the National Retail Federation: $15 billion
Total amount college students are estimated to spend on electronics for the 2007/2008 academic year: $12.8 billion
Total amount college students are estimated to spend on dorm and apartment furnishings: $5.4 billion
Total amount college students are estimated to spend on school supplies: $3.1 billion
Source: National Retail Federation.
Ranks of Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University as the top-rated U.S. business schools, according to the "Seventh Annual Business School Survey" by Harris Interactive and The Wall Street Journal: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of Brigham Young University, Wake Forest University and Ohio State University as the top-rated regional business schools: 1, 2, 3
Ranks of ESADE (Barcelona, Spain), IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the London Business School as the top-rated international business schools: 1, 2, 3Source: Harris Interactive.
John MacIntyre has been writing Figuratively Speaking since 1989. You can contact him by e-mail at email@example.com.