Harper’S Index – January 2014

Harpers-Index

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

:+63

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

:7/10

Estimated number of domestic workers employed in New York City homes

:200,000

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

:$3,500

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

:6

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

:55

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

:1,719

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

:942,000

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

:$7,000,000,000

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

:1/5

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

:3,250,000,000

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

:17

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

:41

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

:2/5

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

:$15,000

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

:12

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

:+61

Of the average Egyptian household

:11

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

:4

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

:+671

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

:11,412

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

:71

Of all other self-identied conservatives

:6

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

:75

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

:46

By having a Jewish family

:42

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

:19

Who believe that having a sense of humor is

:42

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

:10/14/13

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

:43

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

:52

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

:473,847

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

:11

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

:2/3

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

:0

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

:$25,000

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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