Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some Index Bullets to Make You Muse

Here are some of the entires in the latest "Index" in the current Harper's magazine.
  • Total number of pages in the financial reform bill enacted by Congress in July: 848
  • Number of pages in the bills that created Social Security in the Federal Trade Commission, respectively: 29, 8
  • Net change in the amount of money kept in U.S. stock-based mutual funds since 2007: -$249,400,000,000
  • Date on which the Oakland Police stop responding to burglaries not in progress due to a budget shortfall: 8/2/10
  • Percentage of Oklahoma's population that is Muslim: 0.81
  • Date on which state legislature approved a referendum to ban judges from using shari'ah law in their decisions: 5/24/10
  • Estimated number of "behavior detection officers" employed by the US airports to spot potentially dangerous travelers: 3,000
  • Percentage of the officers' 266,000 referrals since 2006 that led to arrests: 0.7
  • Percentage of Americans who say they would have cosmetic surgery if they could afford: 69
  • Percentage increase in the number of US buttock-augmentation surgeries performed since 2008: 37
  • Date on which a Dutch porn star plans to "give a BJ" to her Twitter followers if the Netherlands won the World Cup: 6/28/10
  • Number of people who signed up to follow her between then and the World Cup final: 105,269
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