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ONE YEAR OLDER _ Thursday, January 7.
• Kenny Loggins is 73
• David Caruso is 65
• Katie Couric is 64
• Nicolas Cage is 57
• Jeremy Renner (Marvel films) is 50
• Dustin Diamond is 44
• Lauren Cohan is 39

SPECIAL EVENTS _ I Am A Mentor Day. I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day. Programmers Day. Bobblehead Day. Tempura Day.

FACEBOOK THIS: COOKING HACKS _ My (your) friend’s microwave has died so for now they’re reheating food in the air fryer. What’s your kitchen hack or trick?

WE’RE GONERS IN 1 TO 4 BILLION YEARS _ The end of the world is close. Or at least much closer, according to research (in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society). The prevailing view has been that our Milky Way would crash into its neighboring Andromeda galaxy sometime between 6 and 8 billion years from now. The latest research suggests that there is a good chance the Milky Way may instead crash into the Large Magellanic Cloud in only 1 to 4 billion years from now.

WE HAVE THIS MANY NATIONAL PARKS _ Can you guess how many national parks the U.S. has? The 63rd national park is New River Gorge in West Virginia. The new park designation will be an upgrade for a parcel of land that has been a national river since 1978. Redesignation as a national park is projected to increase the number of visits by 21 percent. The area will include about 6,000 acres of the 73,000 acres of federal land in the area.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOAR CHASE _ A man escaped unscathed after a wild boar chased him around a hospital parking lot in Poland. When the man tried to flee, the boar pursued the man around a parked car until it apparently got bored. The man did not need hospital treatment.

YOUR KID EATS 5,500 SUGAR CUBES A YEAR _ A public health campaign in the UK said kids between the ages of 4 and 10 consume the equivalent of 5,500 sugar cubes a year. The sugar comes in the form of juices, soft drinks, cookies, breakfast cereals, desserts, etc.

… Experts say a five year old shouldn’t have more than 19 grams of sugar per day — that’s five cubes.

THE GREAT SANDWICH SURVEY OF 2021 _ And now for something completely serious: How do you cut your sandwiches? The results of The Great Sandwich Survey of 2021 are in and 54% of you cut your sandwiches diagonal. 28% cut them horizontal. And 18% don’t cut them.

… We also find that 84% of you eat your sandwich crust on. The rest… crust off.

THREE WAYS TO MAKE A DECISION WITH CONFIDENCE _ Scientific studies say these can help you make a decision:
1) You’ll be happier with a decision if you make it between 9 and 11am. Science shows we’re biologically primed to think more clearly and make more intelligent choices during that time.
2) Don’t make a decision when you’re hungry. Cambridge University researchers found that subjects who had skipped a meal were 50 percent more likely to make an irrational decision.
3) Think about something else. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that thinking too hard about something actually disrupts the balance of the two hemispheres of the brain, leading to poor decision making. So if you’re struggling with a decision, think about something else for a while. The answer should come to you.

CONGRATS NEW MOM — YOU JUST RAN A MARATHON _ According to research, giving birth can be as traumatic to a woman’s body as hardcore sports like running a marathon. The authors of the University of Michigan study said childbirth is “one of the most dramatic musculoskeletal events the human body undergoes.”

… And it turns out that women can get very similar injuries from childbirth as the ones serious athletes get. A quarter of women in the study had stress fractures similar to the kinds athletes often suffer. Forty-one percent had pelvic muscle tears, and two-thirds had injuries similar to a severe muscle strain.

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.

ONE YEAR OLDER _ January 4, 2021.
• Dyan Cannon is 82
• Fashion designer and famous mom Tina Knowles is 67
• Author Harlan Coben is 59
• Dave Foley is 58
• D’Arcy Carden (Janet on The Good Place) is 41

SPECIAL EVENTS _ National Weigh-In Day. Trivia Day. Hypnotism Day. Spaghetti Day. Divorce Monday (the first Monday of the year is supposedly when more divorces are filed).

THE CHEWING GUM DIET _ Researchers at the Mayo Clinic calculated that chewing gum burns up about 11 calories an hour. This mean that someone who chews gum every waking hour for a year will lose about 11 pounds.

OBVIOUS: THE OLDER WE GET, THE MORE WE FALL _ The older we get, the more likely we are to fall and hurt our heads. That bit of info from folks at a Finnish hospital. Fact is, once we reach the age of 80 our chances of falling and taking a serious head injury double what they were when we are in our 70s. In a bizarre twist researchers also found that the majority of seniors who fall do so indoors while living at home. The research argues for better protection for elderly heads.

BY JANUARY 14 MANY OF OUR RESOLUTIONS WILL BE GONE _ If you’re one of those who made a New Year’s resolution, don’t feel bad if you’re already stumbling. Experts say that by January 14 over a third of resolution-makers will have quit.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PET STORE FOOD EATER CAUGHT _ Police in Germany caught the person responsible for breaking into a number of stores. The man would break in and pocket a few dog toys. He would also open and eat a can of cat food before leaving each store.

NEWS ATTACK! _ Sleep researchers say that some of us are ‘sleep eaters’: people who, while still asleep, raid the fridge. Some sleep eaters even devour stuff like cat food and medicine. [Which would explain the taste of Preparation H in your mouth in the morning.]

YOU KNOW IT’S JANUARY WHEN _ You know it’s January when…
• The stores offer 95% off Christmas merchandise.
• The colors of red and green make you sick.
• Every Christmas toy in the house has dead batteries.
• There are plenty of parking spaces at Target.

CAN YOU GUESS? _ Can you guess how many Oreo Cookies are made each year? Answer: 16 billion!

BEING ‘HANGRY’ IS REAL, SO DON’T NEGLECT THE SNACKS _ You haven’t eaten for a while and you’re starting to get snappy with everyone. You’re hangry. It’s not just a joke, it’s a real phenomenon. Research has pointed to the idea that being hangry is legit. The lower your blood sugar gets, the less fuel your brain has to function. While you can handle all the critical brain tasks like breathing and seeing, more complex things like turning a bickering argument about the dishes into a constructive conversation aren’t as simple. The result? You deal with the little things more impulsively, which leads to getting angrier easier.

🗣 Topic: Can you tell when your significant is getting hangry? How do you handle it — by simply saying, “You’re hangry — you need to eat”?