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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 7, 2010

Someone's sneaky about your money


By John MacIntyre

Percentage of Americans who admit they've peeked at a colleague's pay stub, according to the Harlequin Romance Report 2010: 48%

Percentage of American women surveyed who admit to secretly taking money from their significant other's wallet: 20%

OFFICE SCUZZBALLS

Percentage of employees who have seen a co-worker take credit for their idea, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 58%

Percentage who didn't speak up to let others know it was their idea: 41%

PUNTING THE ADS

Number of 30-second commercial slots during the upcoming Super Bowl, according to industry research firm IBISWorld: 62 (up from 55 in 2007)

Cost this year of a 30-second commercial spot: $2.7 million (down from $3 million last year)

OUT OF WORK

Percentage of unemployed people in December (when the unemployment rate was hovering around 10 percent) who had been out of work for more than 27 weeks, according to O.I. Partners: 40%

Including people with part-time jobs who wanted full-time work, and the discouraged who had stopped looking altogether, combined unemployment/underemployment rate: 17.3%

HEALTH CARE 'CRISIS'

Percentage of U.S. health care executives who believe the U.S. health care system is in crisis and are concerned that proposed reform legislation may worsen the quality of care and hospitals' profit margins, according to the 2009 National Survey on the Impact of Technology in Healthcare Reform: 74%

WEB-TROTTER TRAVEL

Percentage of active travelers who have visited a social networking Web site, according to a travelhorizons survey: 59%

Ranks of uploading photos/videos (49%), rating products or services (46%), visiting a chat room and/or posting content to a blog (25%) on the list of the most popular activities on these sites: 1, 2, 3

Percentage who have joined a community of users with com-mon travel interests: 20%

IDLE THOUGHT

"Many demolitions are actually renovations."

Jalaluddin Rumi, poet