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ONE YEAR OLDER _ Wednesday, January 6.
• Rowan Atkinson is 66
• Chef Nigella Lawson is 61
• TV personality Ree Drummond is 52
• Norman Reedus is 52
• TV personality Julie Chen is 51
• Eddie Redmayne is 39
• Kate McKinnon is 37

SPECIAL EVENTS _ Shortbread Day. Technology Day. Bean Day. Cuddle Up Day.

4 IN 10 ADULTS CAN’T STOP WORKING NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE _ Life is all about balance, and one of the most important balancing acts of any adult’s day-to day existence is separating work life and home life. Unfortunately, many modern workers just don’t know when to take a break — even if they’re home and the workday is over. That’s the main finding from a survey that found a staggering 40 percent just cannot stop working.

… The survey also found that one in six employees spend more than 11 hours a week focusing on their job while outside the office — typically by checking their emails or making calls.

RUNNING A MARATHON COULD HELP YOU LIVE LONGER _ Need another reason to sign up for a marathon? Research suggests training and running a marathon for the first time could reverse some of the effects of aging on our bodies. Researchers found that for the 138 healthy, first-time marathon runners they tracked, training and completing the London marathon was associated with a four-year reduction in their “vascular age.” Specifically, they found that marathon training reversed the age-related stiffening of the body’s main artery and helped reduce blood pressure.

100 THINGS TO TOSS FROM YOUR HOME IN THE NEW YEAR _ The Today show posted this a few years back, but it’s fund to bring back around after a new year begins.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR FALLS ASLEEP IN HOME _ In Spain, a burglar fell asleep in front of the TV after eating several plates of food in an apartment he had broken into. The owner of the apartment returned home to find the man asleep on a sofa with the TV on. Thinking it was his son, he was about to put a blanket over him for warmth when he saw it was an intruder and tiptoed out to call the police.

FACEBOOK THIS _ “Finish this phrase: ‘You might be a parent if…’ Here are a couple to get us started:
• You automatically cut your own food into teensy-weensy pieces.
• Your idea of a good time includes going to Target — alone — on a Saturday night.
• You’ve discussed poop with someone like you’re a couple of NCIS investigators.”

CHATTERING AWAY TO BABIES IS EVEN BETTER FOR THEM THAN READING _ Parents of tiny babies: When you’re home with the kid, keep a one-sided conversation going about anything and everything while you’re folding laundry, making dinner, or doing whatever else around the house. The the results of a study reveal that a steady stream of idle chatter from mom or dad’s mouth improves the child’s cognitive development, even more so than reading to them does.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ You see them every day, nearly everywhere you go, though you can’t touch them. They can weigh 20,000 pounds or more. What are they? Answer: Clouds. Some can weigh as little as 20,000 pounds, while others can weight up to a couple million pounds.

WHAT DOES Y-E-S SPELL? _ Try this on a cohost, or grab your smartphone and record people in the office.
You: What does Y-E-S spell?
Co-host: (Will reply YES.)
You: What does E-Y-E-S spell?
Co-host: (Will quite likely mess it up.)

… There are videos of people being asked to say what Y-E-S spells.