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1. Impact on market valuations contributed by CEOs who issue frequent earnings guidance compared to  CEOs who don’t | zero 

2. Percent of CEOs at businesses with at least $1 billion in revenues who were replaced in 2006 | 50 

3. Number of the 194 nations in the world that have had one or more female heads of state since 1900 | 30 

4. Increment in compensation due to “height bias” between typical 6-ft. employees and 5-ft. 5-in. employees| $5,525 

5. Number of gallons of gasoline UPS saved in 2007 by deploying delivery routing software that minimizes the number of left-hand turns its drivers make | 3 million 

6. Number of credit-card disputes in California resolved since 2003 by Minneapolis-based National Arbitration Forum | 193,300 

7. Percentage of the disputes that were resolved in favor of the consumer | 6 

8. Number of the world’s five most valuable companies in 2006 that were Chinese | zero 

9. Number in 2007 | 3 

10. Percent of business travelers who have been required to share a hotel room with a colleague on a road trip | 24 

11. Average waiting time for an airport rental car | 22 minutes 

12. Average waiting time to retrieve checked baggage | 18 minutes 

13. Premium model automobile with the highest percentage of female owners | Volvo S40, 53% 

14. Percentage of U.S. CEOs who believed in Spring 2007 that the economy was either “good” or “excellent” | 84 

15. Percentage of Americans overall who believed this | 37

16. Income range Harvard University considers “middle income” based on its commitment to cut tuition by 50 percent for middle-income students | $120,000-$180,000 

17. Percentage of workers age 21-30 who would “strongly” recommend their organizations as a good place to work | 30 

18. Percentage of workers age 61-70 who would | 47 

19. Percent of recent college graduates who expect to remain with their first employer for three years | 61

20. Value of venture capital invested in clean technology companies in 2007 | $1.9 billion 

21. In 1990 | $1.7 million 

22. Percent of managers and executives who receive cell phones as a corporate perk | 63 

23. Number of states that have fewer people than the population of Los Angeles County, Calif. | 43 

24. State with the most companies in the Fortune 500 | Texas, 111 

25. Estimate of the number of extra households established in the U.S. due to divorce | 6 million 

26. Company most generous in its corporate donations, expressed as a percentage of pretax profits | Harrah’s Entertainment, 9.2%

27. Average total compensation increase for full-time workers from 2000 to 2006, adjusted for inflation | $3,500 

28. Amount of that increase “hidden” from employee, designated for health insurance premiums | $1,045 

29. Year the first coin-operated pay phone was installed, in a bank in Hartford, Conn. | 1889 

30. Number of pay phones AT&T will sell off by the end of 2008 | 65,000 

31. State with the most nuclear power plants | Illinois, 11 

32. U.S. city with the highest percentage of residents with a college degree | Washington, D.C., 45.9% 

33. Number of complaints of race-based discrimination received by the EEOC in 2006 | 27,238 

34. Rank of the surnames Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones as the most common in America | 1, 2,3, 4, 5 

35. Hispanic surnames which, in 2007, made the top 10 most common surnames for the first time | Garcia, Rodriguez 

36. Percent change in meat consumption in the U.S., 1995-2005 | +10.4 

John Kador can be contacted at jkador@jkador.com


1 McKinsey & Co., “The Misguided Practice of Earnings Guidance”; 2 Liberum Research, New York; 3 Council of Women World Leaders; 4 Prof. Greg Mankiw, Harvard University; 5 UPS; 6-7 Public Citizen, Washington, D.C.; 8-9 Bloomberg News; 10 Market Tools; 11-13 J.D. Powers & Associates; 14-15 Opinion Research, Princeton, N.J.; 16 Bloomberg News; 17-18 Leadership IQ, Washington D.C.; 19 Right Management, Philadelphia; 20-21 Thomson Financial; 22 The Executive Compensation 2007/2008 Survey, Comp data Surveys, Olathe, Kan.; 23-24 U.S. Census Bureau; 25 Michigan State University; 26 Business Week; 27-28 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 29, 30 AT&T; 31-32 U.S. Census; 33 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; 34-35 U.S. Census Bureau; 36 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

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