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ONE YEAR OLDER _ John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Sol Star in Deadwood) is 61. Harry Connick Jr. is 53. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) is 50. Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park films) is 41. Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is 33.

NEWS ATTACK! _ A study found that the filthiest place on an airplane isn’t the bathroom but your fold down tray table. [So grab your meal and eat it on the toilet.]

YOUR SHOWERHEAD IS DIRTY _ The average computer keyboard is five times as filthy as a toilet seat. Flip-flops play host to more than 18,000 bacteria. And now we’ve learned that billions of microbes are lurking in your shower.

… Researchers (University of Colorado-Boulder) looked at 45 showerheads from across the U.S. and found that each showerhead was home to an average of several billion microbes per square centimeter. About half of the particles that come out of a showerhead are sufficiently small to penetrate the deep airways, meaning that each supposedly cleansing breath we take while showering could be full of foreign microbes.

… If you’re otherwise healthy, chances are that a grody showerhead won’t be your downfall. In fact, very few people have probably ever died of — or gotten sick from — showerhead microbes. As the report notes, we move through a “sea of microbial life” in our daily lives, so most of us don’t need to give up showering just yet.

NEVER LEND MONEY TO FAMILY _ What’s the biggest cause of marital fighting? Money. So if you and your spouse fight over money, what makes you think lending money to a family member will have a happy ending? It won’t. According to a poll, 43% of readers who lent to family or friends weren’t paid back in full. And 27% never got a dime back.

THE NO. 1 SIGN YOU’RE IN LOVE, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS _ Love is a mysterious feeling — and while many people know it well, they might not be able to put it into words. However, according to experts, there is a surefire sign you’re in love: you’re a better, happier version of yourself. Life strategist Randi Levin says “the number one sign that you are in love is your increased energy for life. True love fits and aligns with you. It compliments the best you in this moment, and as a result, it stimulates and motivates positive action in your every day.”

THE PROBLEM WITH FRUIT _ Someone tweeted: “Here’s the problem with fruit: it’s inconsistent. Some apples are delicious, some taste bad. Sometimes blueberries are great, sometimes they are disgusting. You know what’s the same every time? Doritos.”

OKAY IS LOVED BY ALL _ The most frequently spoken word on the planet — no matter what the language — is “okay”.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WELL KNOWN FOR HER MANY CAR ACCIDENTS _ In Russia police were called to the scene of a rear-end accident. Police knew the driver well since they’d been to five of her previous accidents over the past year-and-a-half. They ticketed the woman and let her go — and she promptly rear-ended a truck, backed up, and then rear-ended it again. On the spot, police stopped her again. While chatting with her as she sat in her car, she starting to roll down a hill. They ordered her to park the car and call a friend for a ride.