Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving dinner248 million (248,000,000)

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. based readers!  For those of you who aren’t quite up to speed on the holiday, it stems from when the Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  After a hard winter in which many people died and with assistance from local Native American tribes, 1621 was one of prosperity and to celebrate the bountiful harvest the Pilgrims held a three-day feast.   Continue reading

“Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.”

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Benjamin Franklin“Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Stunning 3D street art advertising

Reebok street artIn what can only be described as stunning, Reebok teamed up with artists 3D Joe and Max to create the largest 3D street art in history (breaking the Guinness World Record in the process).  The painting was located at London’s West India Quays, Canary Wharf and measured an impressive 12,490 sq. ft. (1,160.4 m²).   Continue reading

One of the worst IPOs of the year?

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Groupon logoGroupon is currently trading at $17 which is a 45.4% decline from their opening day high earlier this month.  Some pundits are already jumping on the “worst IPO of 2011” bandwagon.  Time will tell.

Girl power

Gender equality83%

On November 17 Fast Company published a fascinating article by Anya Kamenetz entitled “The Case For Girls” about the progress – and lack thereof – that has been made the world over in the pursuit of gender equality.  From a “statistic of the day” perspective this article had a wealth of interesting data points.   Continue reading

Android global presence

Android phones52.5%

Android is crushing the competition and now owns over 50% of the global smartphone market (52.5% to be precise) – double from this time last year.  The growth comes largely at the expense of every non-iOS mobile platform, although Apple did fall slightly to 15% of the world-wide market in Q3.   Continue reading

Cyber Monday 2011

Cyber Monday39%

When asked in a recent survey by PriceGrabber (an Experian business) in which of the four days during the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend they were most likely to shop, consumers overwhelmingly chose Cyber Monday.   Continue reading

Millennials in the working world

Jobvite Gen Y2018

According to recent U.S. Census projections and a social recruiting report by Jobvite, Gen Y (also known as the Millennial Generation or just Millennials) is rapidly coming of age and is a force to be reckoned with in the working world.   Continue reading

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

Student debt milestone

Graduation debt$1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000)

According to an article in USA Today from mid-October the amount of student loans taken out last year crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time in history and – also for the first time in history – the amount of outstanding student loan debt crossed the $1 trillion mark.  Let that sink in for a moment.   Continue reading