Harper’S Index – January 2014


Percentage change since 2007 in the number of cells in the New York City prison system devoted to solitary connement


Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness


Estimated number of domestic workers employed in New York City homes


Cost of admission to the New Year’s Eve party at the Marriott Marquis’s viewing room overlooking Times Square


Percentage of smartphone-owning New Yorkers who admit to having made an online purchase during a funeral


Percentage of U.S. gun retailers who believe that “it is too easy for criminals to get guns in this country”


Estimated number of federally licensed U.S. gun dealers and pawnbrokers that sell rearms illegally


Number of U.S. fast-food workers receiving federal and state aid


Minimum amount spent annually on aid to these workers and their families


Average number of hours per week spent on paid work by American fathers and mothers, respectively

:41, 23

Spent on leisure time

:28, 25

Portion of U.S. baby food that is delivered in squirtable pouches


Number of spermatozoa in Washington State University’s apian-sperm bank


Number of the seventeen people bitten by L.A. Sheriff’s Department dogs in the rst half of 2013 who were black or Hispanic


Percentage of black students in Illinois who attend schools where whites make up less than 1 percent of the student body


Portion of immigrant detainees in the United States who are held in privately run prisons


Amount two Somali women raised for the terrorist organization Al Shabab by going door-to-door in Minnesota


Number of AK-47s that amount will buy on the Mogadishu black market


Percentage change in the wealth of the average Libyan household in the past year


Of the average Egyptian household


Number of times in the past ve years that an annual prize for good governance in Africa was not given out


Percentage change in Freedom of Information Act requests made to the NSA since the Edward Snowden leaks


Number of videos taken by personal drones shared on the online AR.Drone Academy since its launch in 2012


Percentage of self-identied Tea Party conservatives who believe President Obama is “destroying the country”


Of all other self-identied conservatives


Percentage of Malawians who believe that homosexuality is a “Western invention”


Percentage of Israel’s Arab citizens who would be bothered by having a gay couple as their neighbors


By having a Jewish family


Percentage of American Jews who believe that following Jewish law is essential to Jewish identity


Who believe that having a sense of humor is


Date on which a Malaysian court banned a Catholic newspaper from using the word “Allah” to refer to God


Percentage of all law-review articles that have never been cited in another article or in a judicial opinion


Percentage of fee-charging open-access medical journals that accepted a spoof cancer-drug study for publication last year


Number of patients over the past decade who participated in clinical trials based on research that was later retracted


Percentage of revenue made on the NFL’s pink breast-cancer-awareness merchandise that goes to cancer prevention


Portion of all amateur U.S. sports teams with American Indian names at the start of 1970 that have since dropped them


Number of the seven professional teams with American Indian names at the time that have dropped them


Amount Arizona’s Red Feather Lodge offered to pay to reopen the Grand Canyon during the government shutdown


Chances a participant in a “prisoner’s dilemma” game will opt to cooperate if it’s called a “community game”

:7 in 10

If it’s called a “Wall Street game”

:3 in 10

Figures cited are the latest available as of November 2013. Sources are listed on page 94.

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