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Factor by which the North Korean government’s hackers work more quickly than
the Chinese government’s : 2

By which the Russian government’s work more quickly than the
North Korean government’s : 8

Portion of US tech workers who think tech companies should work with the
government on military projects : 3/5

Percentage of Earth observation satellites that are operated by private corporations : 18

Estimated percentage that will be operated by private corporations by 2027 : 56

Estimated number of years it will take before women have published as many astrophysics papers as men have : 131

Before men have published as many nursing papers as women have : 320

Percentage of veterinarians who have been asked by patients about cannabis products for pets : 92

Who say they are asked about them weekly : 29

Percentage of threatened megafauna species that are killed for meat : 72

Factor by which dairy products account for more carbon emissions than pork : 2.6

Than chicken : 3.1

Portion of European companies that see climate change as a business risk : 4/5

That have set goals for emissions reductions : 4/5

That have set goals for emissions reductions beyond 2025 : 1/3

Percentage of US businesses that say the 2017 tax cuts have had no impact on their hiring or investment plans : 84

Percentage of Americans who said in 2013 that reducing the deficit should be
a top policy priority : 72

Who say so this year : 48

Amount that Americans voluntarily donated to pay down
the national debt last year : $775,654.63

Amount Americans donated in 2012 : $7,749,618.27

Estimated number of hours last year that US workers spent in meetings
they considered unnecessary : 16,640,000,000

Percentage of US workers who cite unnecessary meetings as the
“largest waste of company resources” : 34

Percentage of American families whose single biggest annual
cash infusion is their tax refund : 23

Portion of Americans below the poverty line who receive no federal assistance : 1/4

Percentage growth in US plasma-donation centers since 2012 : 78

Maximum number of times a year that an American can sell their own plasma : 104

Average amount an American earns per donation : $30

Portion of NYC fast-food workers who say they have been terminated or forced to quit because of poor working conditions : 1/2

Rank of 2018 among years with the most US workers on strike or lockout
over the past three decades : 1

Percentage of striking US workers last year who were employed in education : 78

Number of the ten schools receiving the most Post-9/11 GI Bill payments
since 2009 that are for-profit : 8

Number of those schools that have faced legal action for misrepresentation or fraud : 6

Chance that a dating app or website user is there to cheat on a partner : 1 in 6

Rank of online-dating scams among the costliest types of consumer fraud
in the United States : 1

Amount Americans reported to the FTC that they lost in
online-dating scams last year : $143,000,000

Median amount lost in these scams by victims aged 20 to 29 : $1,000

By victims aged 70 and older : $10,000

Percentage change in reservations for one at NYC restaurants since 2014 : +80

Average number of seconds by which adults fall asleep more quickly
if they are rocked : 398

May Index Sources

1, 2 CrowdStrike (Washington)
Buzzfeed
4, 5 Euroconsult (Arlington, Va.)
6, 7 Luke Holman, University of Melbourne (Australia)
8, 9 Lori Kogan, Colorado State University (Fort Collins)
10 Christopher Wolf, Oregon State University (Corvallis)
11, 12 Animal Law and Policy Program, Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Mass.)
13–15 CDP Europe (Berlin)
16 National Association for Business Economics (Washington)
17, 18 Pew Research Center (Washington)
19, 20 Treasury Direct (Minneapolis)
21, 22 Doodle (Zurich)
23 JPMorgan Chase Institute (Washington)
24 Urban Institute (Washington)
25–27 Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland)
28 Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
29, 30 US Bureau of Labor Statistics
31, 32 Veterans Education Success (Washington)
33 YouGov (NYC)
34–37 Federal Trade Commission (Washington)
38 OpenTable (NYC)
39 Laurence Bayer, University of Geneva.

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