Saturday, February 27, 2010

Create your own Harper's Index

Harper's Index is the monthly list of surprising, damning, unbelievable and funny statistics and facts compiled each month by the great Harper's Magazine.

Now you don't have to wait for the magazine to come out, you can create your own Harper's Index by searching for any political subject you are interested in here.

For example, searching for, say, Dick Cheney gives you a long list of fun facts such as "Days after the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that Dick Cheney married, securing a draft deferment: 22." And "Minimum number of pheasant hunts Dick Cheney has gone on since he shot a hunting companion in 2006: 5."

Entering "Taxes" produces a list of that includes items like "Number of the top ten military contractors that have paid no federal income taxes since 1981: 6." And "Average change, since 1977, in the annual federal taxes paid by the richest 1 percent of American families: -$44,440."

If you don't want to create your own Index, you can just look through the archives, which are now online.

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