My ersatz Harper’s index.

Who doesn’t love Harper’s index? Who doesn’t secretly salivate with anticipation of the month’s statistical jambalaya? I decided to indulge in the highest form of flattery this morning and communicate via index.

Chance that gazing at a beautiful landscape helps a person experience awe: Pretty large

Number of bathrooms in the Rennert private dwelling which inspired the novel that Kurt Vonnget called “the greatest book ever written”: 39 bathrooms

Percentage of computer programmers who were women in 2011: 20%

Chance that watching Fox News or MSNC will make you mad

Percentage of questions about domestic events answered correctly by watchers of MSNBC: 32%

Percentage of questions about domestic events answered correctly on average by watchers of John Stewart: 36%

Percentage of questions about domestic events answered correctly by watchers of Fox News:
26%

Percentage of questions about domestic news events answered correctly by those who watch no news at all: 31%

Amount invested by China for renewable-energy deals in the US in 2011: $264 million

Percentage increase in this amount from 2006: 100%

Percentage of preschool-aged kids not taken outside by a caregiver or parent every day: Over 51%

Percentage of parents in this study who “believe their neighborhood to be safe”: 93%

Percentage of 18-24 year olds who believe the US economy favors the wealthy: 73%

Percentage of 18-24 year olds who say modern-day Christianity “has good values and principles”: 76%

Percentage of 18-24 year olds who say modern-day Christianity is “anti-gay”: 64%

Age at which US Olympic runner Lopez Lomong first came to the United States: Sixteen

Year in which Lopez Lomong was naturalized as a US citizen: 2007

Year in which Lopez Lomong represented the USA in the Olympics: 2008

Percentage of Asian voting age adults who say they didn’t vote in 2008 due to “registration problems”: 78%

Percent of African-American men who cannot vote due to criminal records: 13%

Number of votes cast in US general elections between 2000 and 2010: 649 million

Number of UFO sightings between 2000 and 2010: 47,000

Number of Americans killed by lightning between 2000 and 2010: 441

Number of credible cases of in-person voter impersonation in the US between 2000 and 2010: 13

Number of days for male Gulf pipefish to be exposed to human birth control pills in a lab before developing female traits: 10 days

[Sources: Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, JAMA, “A Generation in Transition” by Public Religion Research Institute and the Berkeley Center of Georgetown University, Lopez Lomong Foundation, Wikpedia, National Center for Women and Information Technology, Craig Connects, Mother Jones]

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