The percentage of Americans with tattoos rose from 14 percent in 2008 to 21 percent last year, and women are now more likely to be inked than men. Of those with tattoos, 30 percent say their ink makes them feel sexier, and 25 percent say it makes them feel rebellious.
Some 600,000 job openings went unfilled in 2011 because employers could not find workers with the right skills, according to a survey of U.S. manufacturers. Manufacturers say they now need workers who are trained in the use of computers, automation, and other technologies.
The Wall Street Journal
Residents of at least six states have filed lawsuits challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to be a presidential candidate in 2012, insisting that he is not a natural-born citizen of the U.S.
Four out of five of the millions of tropical fish that are caught in the wild to be sold as pets die before, or soon after, they reach home aquariums.
The suicide rate in New York City is about half the national average. City officials say the low rate is primarily the result of the city’s strict gun laws. Only 12 percent of suicides in New York involve firearms, while the national figure is 51 percent, and in the most suicide-prone states, it’s 66 percent.
Americans are getting more cautious about social media. 63% say they’ve deleted people from their “friends” list, 44% have deleted comments from their profile, and 37% have untagged photos of themselves. 58% say they set their main online profile to “private,” so that only friends can see it.
Pew Research Center
51% of Americans now disapprove of the federal government’s bailout of U.S. automakers, while 44% approve. Among Republicans, 73% say they disapprove.