Ranks of the Bible, "Gone With the Wind," the "Lord of the Rings" series, the "Harry Potter" series and "The Stand" as Americans' favorite books, according to the results of a nationwide Harris Poll: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of surveyed school superintendents who believe that arts training is crucial to developing creativity, according to key findings from a report by the Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators: 99

Percentage of surveyed employers who agree: 97

Rank of problem identification and articulation that employers identify as the most important talents indicating creativity: 1

Source: Conference Board.

Given free choice, percentage of Americans — both men and women — who say they would prefer to have a job outside the home, according to Gallup's annual Work and Education survey: 58

Percentage of women who say they would rather hold a job outside the home: 50

Percentage of men who say the same: 68

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of U.S. financial advisers who say their clients are still planning a timely retirement, despite current financial woes, according to a survey conducted by Brinker Capital: 46

Of those U.S. financial advisers who say their clients are off track, percentage who attribute this to their clients' starting saving too late: 63

Percentage of U.S. financial advisers who say their clients plan to work past age 65: 54

Source: Brinker Capital.

Percentage of the U.S. managerial work force that is comprised of women, according to a survey by the Simmons School of Management: 51

Estimated percentage of board membership of large, publicly traded U.S. corporations that are women: 15

Ranks of social network building (88 percent), self-promotion (61 percent) and career progression (56 percent) as the actions identified by women that they could take to increase their chances for board membership: 1, 2, 3

Source: Simmons School of Management.

Number of lifetime victories achieved by Cy Young, still baseball's winningest pitcher, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 511

Percentage of games he won in his 22 seasons: 62

When Cy Young retired, number of people who went to major league baseball games: 6.5 million

Estimated number who go today: 78 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of affluent U.S. households (households with $500,000 or more in investable assets) that are likely to change their budget and spending habits due to the current economic climate, according to data from Spectrem Group: 42

Percentage who fear they'll lose their jobs: 6

Source: Spectrem Group.

Percentage of small business owners/managers who say they still look for help with their taxes, according to a survey conducted by American Express Small Business Monitor: 79

Percentage who say they do their taxes themselves: 17

Percentage who do them by hand with a pen and paper: 6

Source: OPEN: The Small Business Network — American Express.

Percentage of the world's heroin and other opiates that originate in Afghanistan, according to the magazine Newsweek: 93

Estimated number of Afghan families who support themselves by raising poppies, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime: 500,000

Estimated total amount those growers received for their crops in 2007: $1 billion (about $2,000 per household)

Source: Newsweek.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who say they are more likely to do business with a company that offers the flexibility to interact using self-service — whether via the Internet, on a mobile device or at a kiosk or ATM, according to a survey by NCR and BuzzBack Market Research: 86

Percentage of respondents who say their likelihood to use self-service has increased over the past year: 56

Source: NCR Corp.

Idle Thought

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead

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