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Harper’s Index

Harper’s Index

Percentage of U.S. children under the age of fifteen who expect their parents to pay for most or all of college : 53 Percentage of U.S. parents who plan to do so : 29…

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Minimum number of Muslims living in Norilsk, Russia, the site of the world’s northernmost mosque : 30,000 Average daily number of daylight hours Norilsk has during Ramadan this year : 23.8 Portion of people…

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Portion of Americans who live in areas with harmful levels of air pollution : 1/2 Number of the top five most polluted cities in the country that are in California : 5 Estimated number…

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Percentage change in the past year in the number of Mexicans requesting U.S. asylum : +160 In the number of anti-Hispanic hate crimes in United States : +233 Number of people fatally shot near…

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Percentage of all litter on U.S. roadways accounted for by cigarette butts : 36 Estimated additional hours Americans would spend stoned annually if marijuana were legal in most states : 30,000,000,000 Ounces of marijuana…

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Percentage of black Americans in the South who are prevented from voting because they have been convicted of a felony : 13 Percentage of all criminal defendants in the United States who…

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Estimated value of goods and services distributed for free on the Internet in 2011 : $376,000,000,000 Portion of the content streamed on Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website, that is viewed on…

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Percentage of uninsured Democrats who say they will pay a fine rather than buy health insurance under Obamacare : 15 Percentage of uninsured independents who do : 31 Of uninsured Republicans : 45 Amount Georgia senator…

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Percentage change since 2007 in the number of cells in the New York City prison system devoted to solitary confinement : +63 Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island…

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Percentage change in the S&P 500 since its pre-crisis peak : +8 In the price of financial stocks : –44 Portion of wages paid in Manhattan that come from the financial-services industry : 1/3 Percentage by…

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Date on which John Kerry called the crisis in Syria “our Munich moment” : 9/7/2013 On which Lyndon Johnson said that what “we learned . . . at Munich” committed us to intervention in Vietnam : 7/28/1965…

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Rank of “Jesus” and “Mohammed,” respectively, among the Wikipedia articles with the most editorial changes : 8,3 Rank of “George W. Bush” : 1 Projected height, in feet, of a Saudi skyscraper, financed by…

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Number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world last year : 45,200,000 Last year in which there were as many : 1994 Number of hours Chinese workers held the head of a…

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Estimated number of Americans who have top-secret security clearance : 1,400,000 Average annual cost of detaining an inmate at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay : $900,000 At a supermax prison in the United…

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Number of U.S. retail jobs Doritos Locos tacos created in the past year, according to Taco Bell : 15,000 Number of retail jobs created worldwide by Apple in that same period : 400 Portion…

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Percentage change in the past twenty-five years in the Consumer Price Index : +41 In the price of beer : +40 Of books : –1 Number of students currently attending the thirteen Washington, D.C., public schools…

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Chance that a U.S. combat pilot suffers from a mental-health problem : 1 in 17 That a remote drone pilot does : 1 in 12 Estimated percentage change since 2007 in the number of…

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Percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born : 13 Percentage that was foreign-born in 1913 : 15 Change in the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States since 2007 : –900,000 Portion of…

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Number of the 400 wealthiest Americans who count as small-business owners under House Republicans’ definition : 237 Percentage of the Bush tax cuts made permanent by the “fiscal cliff” compromise : 82 Portion of…

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Projected annual revenue Mexican drug cartels stand to lose from pot legalization in Colorado and Washington : $1,400,000,000 Estimated minimum amount the Zeta cartel makes each year from the sale of coal : $22,000,000…

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Number of signatures a petition posted on whitehouse.gov must obtain within thirty days to “require a response” : 25,000 Number a petition calling for Texas to secede from the Union obtained within…

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Estimated percentage of North American pit-viper litters that are “virgin births” : 5 Percentage of freshmen at four-year colleges who declare “Roman Catholic” as their religious affiliation : 26 Who declare “None” : 25 Percentage of…

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Percentage change since 2010 in the per-pound cost of a Thanksgiving turkey : +22 Portion of the total U.S. corn crop that goes to make ethanol : 2/5 Estimated number of chickens killed after…

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