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HARPER'S INDEX

Chances that a fatal accident involving a Corvette will involve no other vehicle: 4 in 5.

Chances that a fatal accident involving a passenger car and a large truck will kill the truck driver: 1 in 50.

Factor by which the murder rate in Washington, D.C., last year exceeded that of Northern Ireland: 15.

Portion of 1993 Rolling Stone magazine covers on which no musicians appear: 1/4 .

Amount for which a robber beat a motel security guard to death with a Bible last summer in Georgia: $18.

Average cost of hospitalizing a gunshot-wound victim in the United States: $20,750.

Portion of all humans ever who have lived past age 65 who are alive today: 1/5 .

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