Harper’s Index — From the April 2018 issue

Harper’s Index

Minutes for which food-storage containers must resist mauling to be designated “bear resistant” : 60
Portion of containers tested by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee that bears are able to open : 2/5
Rank of Paddington 2 among the best-reviewed films of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes : 1
Number of the twenty highest-grossing films worldwide that are part of a franchise : 19
Percentage of Americans who are concerned that Amazon is forcing brick-and-mortar stores out of business : 64
Who have a favorable impression of the company : 71
Amount by which Jeff Bezos’s net worth increased the day after the launch of Amazon Go, a cashierless store : $2,800,000,000
Rank of cashier among the most common US jobs : 2
Ratio of homeless Americans to empty investor-owned properties in the United States : 1:2
Ratio of the wealth held by the world’s 42 richest people to that held by the poorest 50 percent : 1:1
Number of passengers the Subaru Ascent, a new sport-utility vehicle, is designed to transport : 8
Number of cupholders it has : 19
Portion of US greenhouse-gas emissions that results from energy produced on federal lands : 1/5
Number of US facilities handling toxic chemicals that lie in areas with a high risk of flooding : 1,400
Estimated percentage by which human activity has decreased the distance mammals roam : 66
Percentage by which middle schoolers are less likely to be depressed if they live in an area with dense vegetation : 19
Minimum number of outdoor kindergartens in Germany : 1,500
Percentage of Germans who think their lives are better than they would have been fifty years ago : 65
Of Italians : 23
Estimated number of Britons over 65 who have not spoken with friends or family in more than a month : 200,000
Date on which the UK appointed a minister for loneliness : 1/17/2018
Number of Japanese with dementia who went missing in 2016 : 15,432
Number of residents of Matsudo, Japan, trained to find lost seniors suffering from dementia : 3,000
Percentage of Afghan refugees who have had to flee a second time after returning home : 72
Estimated portion of global migrants who are traveling from one developing nation to another : 2/5
Number of the world’s top 100 Scrabble players who live in Nigeria : 28
Number of US pro-sports franchise owners who have purchased franchises in the eSports league for the game Overwatch : 7
Percentage of Republican and Democratic men, respectively, who believe they are “very masculine” : 39,23
Of Republican and Democratic women who believe they are “very feminine” : 33,29
Estimated number of LGBT American adults who have been subjected to conversion therapy : 698,000
Percentage by which a gay American man earns more than a similarly employed straight man : 10
Percentage of the city council of Palm Springs, California, that identifies as LGBT : 100
Portion of Americans who believe parts of states should have the right to secede : 1/4
Percentage of Americans who believed that Puerto Rico should be a state before Hurricane Maria : 40
After Hurricane Maria : 47
Number of 7-Eleven stores that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided on a single January morning : 98
Number of multistate lawsuits filed against George W. Bush’s administration : 44
Against Donald Trump’s administration in its first year : 35
Percentage change in the portion of Republicans satisfied with the “moral and ethical climate” since Trump’s inauguration : +41
Number of cities on porn actress Stormy Daniels’s 2018 “Make America Horny Again” stripping tour : 28


April Index Sources

1,2 US Forest Service (Missoula, Mont.)
3 Rotten Tomatoes (Los Angeles)
4 Nash Information Services (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
5,6 Rasmussen Reports (Asbury Park, N.J.)
7 Forbes (NYC)
8 US Bureau of Labor Statistics
9 ATTOM Data Solutions (Irvine, Calif.)/US Department of Housing and Urban Development
10 Credit Suisse (Zurich)
11,12 Subaru of America, Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.)
13 The Wilderness Society (Washington)
14 New York Times
15 John Fryxell, University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
16 Carla Bezold, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston)
17 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Berlin)
18,19 Pew Research Center (Washington)
20 Age UK (London)
21 UK Prime Minister’s Office (London)
22 National Police Agency (Tokyo)
23 Matsudo City Welfare Longevity Department (Japan)
24 Norwegian Refugee Council (Oslo)
25 United Nations Population Division (NYC)
26 World English Language Scrabble Players Association (Melbourne, Australia)
27 Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, Calif.)
28,29 Pew Research Center
30 The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
31 Christopher Carpenter, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)
32 Palm Springs City Council (Calif.)
33–35 Rasmussen Reports
36 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
37,38 Paul Nolette, Marquette University (Milwaukee)
39 Gallup (Atlanta)
40 GR Media Firm (Los Angeles)

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