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HARPER'S INDEX

Number of students invited to join Phi Beta Kappa last year who did notaccept: 2,227.

Percentage increase since 1980 in the average tuition at a U.S. public college or university: 138.

Percentage increase since then at an Ivy League school: 77.

Copies of Moammar Gadhafi's first short-story collection sold in Egypt since its publication last March: 200,000.

Number of great-crested newts a British housing developer plans to "responsibly relocate" by the end of the year: 19,000.

Price McDonnell Douglas charged the U.S. Air Force last year for each C-17 airplane hinge delivered: $2,187.

Price per hinge before the firm decided its subcontractor was "too slow": $30.