The Current Harper's Index

Nothing beats the line-by-line fun facts and stats of Harper’s Magazine. On the stationary bike today I caught up on the latest Index and found these gems:

  • Percentage of Philippine couples who “do not know how pregnancy happens” according to the country’s health minister: 30
  • Average self-esteem of a US teenager, as measured by sociologists on a scale of 0 to 10: 7.6
  • Average self-esteem of a Baghdad teenager: 7.9
  • Number of female US soldiers disciplined this year for mud-wrestling at an Iraqi prison camp: 2
  • Year that Boise, Idaho banned full nudity in public unless it had some “serious artistic merit”: 2001
  • Number of nights each week that a Boise strip club now distributes sketch pads and pencils: 2

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