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Median number of views a YouTube video had in 2006 : 10,262

In 2016 : 89 

Average amount Microsoft spends each month assisting people who need to change their passwords : $2,000,000

Minimum number of US municipalities that have outlawed crossing the street while texting : 3

Percentage of teens who have received a “sext” : 27

Who have sent a sext : 15

Who have forwarded a sext without the original sender’s consent : 12

Maximum fine for public sexual harassment under a proposed French law : $3,681

Number of years since Belgium passed a law criminalizing sexism in public : 4

Number of people who have been convicted under that law : 1

Percentage of registered US voters who say that Donald Trump is a good role model for young people : 29

Of Americans who said the same of Bill Clinton in 1998 : 18

Average number of additional assaults that occurred in a city when it hosted a Trump campaign rally : 2.3

When it hosted a Hillary Clinton campaign rally : 0

Percentage of biographical Wikipedia pages that are about women : 17

Percentage of US political donors in 1990 who were women : 23

Today : 47

Minimum number of countries since 2012 that have changed their anthems’ lyrics to make them more gender inclusive : 2

Factor by which women who win parliamentary or mayoral elections are more likely to get divorced than women who lose : 2

Number of billionaires in the National People’s Congress of China : 45

Year in which China’s coal consumption is expected to peak : 2018

Number of countries whose first coal plants are being constructed with Chinese financing : 7

Number of minutes by which clocks ran late this spring following power disruptions in Serbia and Kosovo : 6

Number of countries in which clocks were affected : 26

Average factor by which a Seoul city-government employee works more overtime than a South Korean–government employee : 1.8

Time at which Seoul’s government shuts down computers on Friday evenings to force employees to stop working : 7:00

Percentage of US counties in which food stamps don’t cover the cost of three meals a day : 99

Percentage of black American men born into the wealthiest quintile who remain in that bracket as adults : 17

Of white American men : 39

Portion of trauma patients at hospitals nationwide who are admitted for gunshot wounds : 1/25

Of trauma patients at Stroger Hospital in Chicago who are : 3/10

Number of Navy medics who have been trained there since 2014 : 70

Percentage of US secondary-school teachers who were physically attacked by a student in the 2015–16 school year : 2

Of elementary-school teachers : 9

Number of job listings seeking pagan chaplains for UK prisons in February : 7

Percentage by which hamburgers outsold ham-and-butter baguette sandwiches in France last year : 20 

Portion of Americans who have eaten a pint of ice cream in one sitting : 1/2

Portion of those who felt guilty afterward : 2/5

Who felt ill : 1/10


Figures cited are the latest available as of April 2018. “Harper’s Index” is a registered trademark.

June Index Sources

1,2 Mathias Bärtl, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

3 Microsoft (Redmond, Wash.) 

4 Harper’s research

5–7 Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary (Alberta)

8 State Secretariat for Equality Between Women and Men (Paris)

9,10 Federal Public Service Justice (Brussels)

11 Quinnipiac University Poll (Hamden, Conn.)

12 Langer Research Associates (NYC)

13,14 Christopher Morrison, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

15 Minassian Media (NYC)

16,17 Center for Responsive Politics (Washington)

18 Harper’s research

19 Olle Folke, Uppsala University (Sweden)

20 Hurun Report (Shanghai)

21 US Energy Information Administration (Washington)

22 CoalSwarm (San Francisco)

23,24 European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Brussels)

25,26 Seoul Metropolitan Government (South Korea)

27 Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

28,29 Equality of Opportunity Project (Stanford, Calif.)

30–32 Cook County Health and Hospitals System (Chicago) 

33,34 National Center for Education Statistics (Washington)

35 Guardian (London); 36 Gira Conseil (Paris)

37–39 MWWPR (Chicago).

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