Harper’s Index — From the July 2019 issue

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Factor by which users of marijuana edibles are more likely to require emergency care than marijuana smokers : 33

Percentage of U.S. adults who admit to shopping while drunk : 26

Average amount those adults spend annually on purchases made while drunk : $736

Estimated value of drunk shopping to the U.S. economy each year : $39,400,000,000

Number of U.S. retail stores that closed last year : 5,854

That closed through the first four months of this year : 6,105

Average number of hours an American spent sitting each day in 2007 : 5.5

In 2016 : 6.4

Portion of high school athletes who receive college athletic scholarships : 1/50

Of high school athletes’ parents who think their child will receive one : 1/2

Percentage of Americans who report experiencing stress during “a lot of” the previous day : 55

Of the global population : 35

Number of economic downturns that have occurred worldwide since 1988 : 469

Number that were predicted by IMF economists more than four months before they began : 4

Portion of Generation Z members who believe they should be promoted during their first year on the job : 3/4

Estimated percentage accuracy with which I.B.M. claims its A.I. can predict which of its employees will quit within six months : 95

Number of U.S. counties in which a full-time worker making minimum wage can afford a one-bedroom apartment : 22

In which that worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment : 0

Percentage by which a same-sex couple is more likely to be denied a home loan than other couples : 73

Factor by which the share of U.S. men under 30 who have not had sex in the past year has increased since 2008 : 3

Percentage of dreams that involve sex : 8

Factor by which men are more likely than women to have sexual dreams involving multiple partners : 2

By which women are more likely than men to have sexual dreams about
a public figure : 2

Percentage by which someone is more likely to make a false confession if they are sleep deprived : 177

Percentage by which a person detained for a crime is more likely to be convicted if he or she cannot make bail : 14

Amount in bail for which a woman in Texas was being held this year on a felony theft charge : $12,000

Amount that she was accused of stealing : $2

Amount the IRS awarded to people who reported tax cheats last year : $312,207,590

Factor by which this amount exceeded the previous record, set in 2012 : 2.5

Value of a fine levied against gossipers in a neighborhood of the Philippine town of Binalonan : $5.77

Estimated percentage of New York City police officers who have received tickets for speeding or running red lights : 59

Of New York City drivers in general : 36

Minimum number of ride-sharing apps specifically designed to chauffeur children : 7

Minimum number of screen-time and parental-control apps that Apple has removed or restricted in the past year : 18

Number of users who are learning High Valyrian, a language from Game of Thrones, on the Duolingo app or website : 961,000

Who are learning Hebrew : 843,000

Percentage of Republican or Republican-leaning whites who are bothered by hearing a non-English language in public : 47

Of Democratic or Democratic-leaning whites : 18

Number of times the brand name FUCT was said aloud during Supreme Court arguments about its trademark status : 0

July Index Sources

1 Andrew Monte, University of Colorado School of Medicine (Denver)
2–4 Finder.com (NYC)
5, 6 Coresight Research (NYC)
7, 8 Chao Cao, Washington University in St. Louis
9 N.C.A.A. (Indianapolis)
10 TD Ameritrade (Jersey City, N.J.)
11, 12 Gallup (Atlanta)
13, 14 Fathom Consulting (London)
15 InsideOut Development (South Jordan, Utah)
16 I.B.M. (Armonk, N.Y.)
17, 18 National Low Income Housing Coalition (Washington)
19 Hua Sun, Iowa State University (Ames)
20 Washington Post
21–23 The Zadra Lab (Montreal)
24 Shari Berkowitz, California State University, Dominguez Hills
25 Jacob Goldin, Stanford Law School (Calif.)
26, 27 Travis County District Clerk’s Office (Austin, Tex.)
28, 29 Internal Revenue Service
30 Philippine Consulate General (NYC)
31, 32 Streetsblog NYC (Brooklyn)
33 Harper’s research
34 New York Times (San Francisco)
35, 36 Duolingo (Pittsburgh)
37, 38 Pew Research Center (Washington)
39 Heritage Reporting Corporation (Washington).

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