The world's smokers
Although smoking is becoming less popular in many parts of the world, the total number of smokers is growing close to a billion people. In 2012, 967 million people smoked every day, up from 721 million in 1980, data from 187 countries shows.
BBC.com

Millionaires in Congress
For the first time ever, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics. At least 268 of the 534 current members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million or more.
Slate.com

Hillary's friends and enemies
Hillary Clinton’s staff created a spreadsheet of political friends and enemies after her unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, rating people from 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst. Among those who got a 7—signifying that they had endorsed Barack Obama despite past ties to the Clintons—were Sens. John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Claire McCaskill.
The Hill

Gay marriage in Hawaii
Since Hawaii approved gay marriage on Dec. 2, nearly 25 percent of the marriages registered in the state have been between same-sex couples.
Pacific Business News

Watching water freeze
During last week’s cold snap, at least 50 Americans reported scalding themselves or their friends by throwing a cup or pot of boiling water into the frigid air, in the hope of seeing it freeze in midair.
Los Angeles Times