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ONE YEAR OLDER _ Monday, January 25.
• Adventurer Kay Cottee is 67. She was the first woman to perform a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world. She did it in 1988 in her 37 foot yacht Blackmores First Lady, taking 189 days.
• Jenifer Lewis is 64
• Ana Ortiz is 50
• Alicia Keys is 41
• Michael Trevino is 36

SPECIAL EVENTS _ Meat Week. Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Macintosh Computer Day. Irish Coffee Day. Opposite Day.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOT BY ARROW WHILE HANGING OUT CLOTHES _ A man in China was hanging clothes on his balcony when he was shot in the knee by an arrow, which came out of nowhere. The arrow sunk eight inches into his knee. He was rushed to the hospital. He later found out that a guy who lived in another building near him is crazy about archery. His arrow missed the intended target and found the other guy’s knee.

PRICE OF A SUPER BOWL TICKET _ Fans wanting to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa can now expect to spend about $3.50 per second (of game clock time) to see the game. The average price of a ticket on Gametime, an app/website for last minute tickets, is now over $12,000 per seat, with the least expensive seats going for $8,424 each and the top-priced seats available for $17,738 each.

MANY PEOPLE THINK THE SUPER BOWL IS PREDETERMINED _ According to a poll, one in five women and one in six men believe that the winner of big games like the Super Bowl are picked in advance.

TOPIC: STRANGE PET PEEVES _ What’s your strange pet peeve? Mine (your spouse’s, your neighbor’s) is overfilled coffee cups.

NAME A ROACH AFTER THEM FOR VALENTINE’S DAY _ Valentine’s Day is around the corner and The Bronx Zoo is bringing back its Name a Roach promotion, where you can name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after a loved one (or hated one) in exchange for a $15 donation. You even get a snazzy digital certificate.

… For $75 you can get The Works: A roach plush, a roach candle, a printed certificate with the roach’s name, and a very crawly February 14th Valentine’s Virtual Encounter with a Madagascar hissing cockroach and a surprise animal guest.

DOGS MISS YOU _ It’s a bit of canine wisdom that’s been passed on for years: since dogs don’t have a sense of time, your dog doesn’t miss you when you’re away. But that’s not exactly true. Dogs don’t judge time in the same way we do, but they remember routines. Your dog expects to see you at certain times. If your schedule is off, leave your dog with a smelly old shirt; your familiar odor will offset the unfamiliarity of a kennel.

GET PAID $30 AN HOUR TO EAT CANDY _ If your ideal workday is sitting around, eating candy, and judging — here’s some good news: there is an actual job that exists where you can get paid to do these things. Candy Funhouse is hiring part-time and full-time “Candyologists” to help the company try out and narrow down which candies will be a part of the first-ever Candy Funhouse branded candy line. The line will feature 10 candies, but they’ll first need to be narrowed down from hundreds of options.

… If you want the job, you should have “enthusiasm and eagerness to try confectionery products,” and “consider aspects of taste, texture, and quality.” You’ll then have to write a brief, two-sentence description for each product tested.

… The full-time position will net you $30 an hour, though you’ll have to go to work in person, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The part-time position requires 15 hours a week that can be done from home and you’ll still earn $26 an hour. Two people will have the opportunity to be full-time employees, while they’re choosing eight people to take the role part-time. You have until February 15, 2021, to apply. • LINK

NEWS ATTACK! _ Researchers discovered that baby chicks, like humans, count from left to right. [Of course, sometimes they forget to carry the one.]