Harper”s Index For March

Harper’s Index for March 2005

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2005.

Ratio of active workers at General Motors to retirees on its pension rolls: 2:5[General Motors Corporation (Detroit)]

Total pension costs of the company per vehicle it produces: $675[General Motors Corporation (Detroit)]

Percentage of Social Security contributions that go toward administrative costs: 0.6[U.S. Social Security Administration]

Average percentage of contributions to Britain’s privatized pension system that do: 30[Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington)]

Number of the 701 arrests under Britain’s Terrorism Act since 2001 that have led to conviction: 17[Home Office (London)]

Number of U.S. residents convicted of “international terrorism” between fall 2001 and fall 2003: 184[Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Syracuse, N.Y.)]

Median sentence given, in days: 14[Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Syracuse, N.Y.)]

Date on which USA Today added Guantanamo to its weather map: 1/3/05[USA Today (McLean, Va.)]

Percentage of U.S.-born Mexican Americans who have suffered from some psychological disorder: 48[National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Md.)]

Percentage of Mexican immigrants who have: 29[National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Md.)]

Percentage of Mexico City residents who have: 23[Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente (Mexico City)]

Rank of Colombia’s stock exchange among the best performers tracked by The Economist last year: 1[Thomson Financial (N.Y.C.)]

Rank of China’s among the worst: 1[Thomson Financial (N.Y.C.)]

Rank of China among nations where world business leaders say they are “most confident” to invest this year: 1[A.T. Kearney (Chicago)]

Number of private jets in China: 2[Raytheon Aircraft Company (Wichita, Kans.)]

Maximum hair length for North Korean men, in centimeters, as prescribed by state media: 5[BBC Monitoring (Reading, U.K.)]

Extra centimeters allowed men over 50, for covering baldness: 2[BBC Monitoring (Reading, U.K.)]

Amount a Nebraska man made this year by auctioning his forehead to advertisers: $37,375[SnoreStop (Westlake Village, Calif.)]

Price of an original Picasso drawing sold in January on Costco.com: $39,999.99[Costco Wholesale Corporation (Issaquah, Wash.)]

Minimum number of octopuses catapulted in protest at a French McDonald’s last year: 10[Jacques Isoird, Assemblé Nationale (Paris)]

Average percentage of its food that an American household wastes: 14[The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona (Tucson)]

Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 29 who speak to their parents every day: 48[Time magazine poll (N.Y.C.)]

Number of preteen “secret agents” in the Girls Intelligence Agency, a market-research firm: 16,000[Girls Intelligence Agency (Beverly Hills, Calif.)]

Average age of a Bay Area career-day audience this year to which a speaker touted stripping as a profession: 13[Jane Lanthrop Stanford Middle School (Palo Alto, Calif.)/William Fried (Foster City, Calif.)]

Extra amount that he said a stripper earns for “every two inches up there”: $50,000[Jane Lanthrop Stanford Middle School (Palo Alto, Calif.)/William Fried (Foster City, Calif.)]

Number of Canadian work permits granted since 1998 to stem a labor shortage in “exotic dancing”: 2,000[Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (Ottawa, Canada)]

Length, in miles, of a rubber hose used until last fall to smuggle vodka from Belarus to Lithuania: 2[State Border Guard Service (Vilnius, Lithuania)]

Number of prime ministers of Baltic states since 1990 who have finished a full term: 0[Harper’s research]

Back taxes on Mein Kampf sales owed by Adolf Hitler while chancellor in 1934: $11,500,000[Klaus-Dieter Dubon (Immenstadt, Germany)]

Year in which Germany offered “right of return” to Jews persecuted there: 1949[German Consulate General (N.Y.C.)]

Percentage change since 2001 in applications from U.S. Jews under this provision: +168[German Consulate General (N.Y.C.)]

Estimated number of visitors each week to the grave of Harry Potter, a Briton buried in Israel in 1939: 45[Ramle Museum (Ramle, Israel)]

Ratio of ultra-Orthodox jaywalkers in Israel to secular jaywalkers: 3:1[Tova Rosenbloom, Bar-Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel)]

Percentage of born-again U.S. Christians who have been divorced: 35[The Barna Group, Ltd. (Ventura, Calif.)]

Percentage of other Americans who have been: 35[The Barna Group, Ltd. (Ventura, Calif.)]

Chances that the divorce of a born-again Christian happened after he or she accepted Christ: 9 in 10[The Barna Group, Ltd. (Ventura, Calif.)]

Estimated number of young Christians in 1995 who had pledged to wait until marriage for sex: 2,500,000[Peter Bearman, Columbia University (N.Y.C.)]

Estimated percentage who waited: 12[Peter Bearman, Columbia University (N.Y.C.)]

Price a California company charges for a chain-mail condom: $75[J. Kythera Contreras (Oak View, Calif.)]

Number sold last year: 5[J. Kythera Contreras (Oak View, Calif.)]

This is Harper’s Index for March 2005, a Harper’s Index, published Wednesday, April 6, 2005. It is part of Harper’s Index for 2005, which is part of The Harper’s Index, which is part of Harpers.org.

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