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Thursday, August 20

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ONE YEAR OLDER _ Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 72. Weatherman Al Roker is 66. Amy Adams (Arrival) is 46. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is 37. Singer-actor Demi Lovato is 28.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study finds that shorter women have shorter pregnancies. [Makes sense to me. The babies have a shorter distance to travel.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES STEAL RUNWAY LANDING LIGHTS _ A small airport in China was forced to close for ten hours after thieves stole two-thirds of its runway lights. Airport maintenance crews were stunned to find over 60 landing lights missing from the runway after pilots complained.

BABY TIME? GET READY FOR LOTS OF SEX _ A British study has measured the average number of times most couples have sex before becoming pregnant. That number: 104. The study found that for two-thirds of women it happened much faster than they expected. But for the rest, “trying” to have a baby was a six-month process full of ovulation testing and sex four times a week for a total of 104 times.

42% OF US CHECK OUR PHONES OVER 50X PER DAY _ According to the latest survey 42 percent of smartphone users check it more than fifty times a day.

… Also: The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 82 percent, up from just 33 percent in 2010.

… Also, 52 percent of American homes no longer have a landline.

TOILET PAPER AND LIQUID SOAP _ In a normal year we wouldn’t celebrate these things, but there are a couple of special birthdays this weekend:

… 155 years ago this Saturday (August 22) William Sheppard of New York was granted patent number 49,561 for his “Improved Liquid Soap”. Fast forward to 1980 and entrepreneur Robert R. Taylor began selling pump soap under the brand name of Softsoap.

… Sunday (August 23) is 130th anniversary of toilet paper on a dispensing roll, patented by the founders of today’s Scott Brand of paper products.

AVERAGE CHILD TRAVELS 3,754 MILES BY THE TIME THEY REACH 15 _ The average child will have traveled 3,754 miles around the world by the time they reach 15 — almost twice as far as their own parents had at the same age. At 15 they will have already been on four trips abroad.

ASK: How do you keep the kids occupied on long trips? Is it a movie on the flip-down screen? iPad for every child? Ever play old-school road games like I Spy?