Random Fact Tuesday- Birthday Edition

The months of November and December are birthday central in our world.  Uncle Charlie is Nov. 2nd, India Nov. 6th, Michelley Nov. 16th, Ember Nov. 24th, Grandpa Nov. 27th, Zoe Nov.28th, Hollister Dec. 3rd, ME!!!! Dec. 4th, Kathy Dec. 4th, Grandma Dec. 18th, Lesley Lou Dec. 25th, and I can’t forget my little sister Christi on Jan. 1st.  Seriously, we do nothing but celebrate for 2 months.  It’s great and horrible at the same time.  You have to be rich to deal with all these parties and we are not made of money, but it’s fun and we get to spend a lot of time together and that makes it all worth it. So, this weeks Random Fact Tuesday is all about Birthday and families. Enjoy and Happy Birthday to my wonderful friends and family!  I love you very much and am lucky that you are all in my life.

  • It’s been mathematically proven that if there are 23 people in a room, there’s a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday (it was on wikipedia so it must be true!
  • e people are born on the 5th of October than any other date? You guessed it – that makes the most common night of conception New Years Eve!
  • Before the invention of the calendar, only kings celebrated their birthdays as no records were kept on common people!
  • Birthday candles: In 18th-century Germany, birthday candles were first placed atop birthday cakes for Kinderfest (a celebration for children). Extra candles were added to represent “upcoming years” and consequently, good fortune.
  • In New Zealand: Birthday claps are given, where everyone claps a number of times to match the guest-of-honor’s age – with one more clap added in anticipation of next year.
  • Candle smoke: No definite origin, but there was a belief that candle smoke brought a person’s prayers up to the heavens. Thus, when a candle was blown out, the prayer was sent.
  • In China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Noodles are eaten in honor of a person’s birthday. The noodles are uncut and are made extra long to signify a long life.
  • When you strike a match and hold it to the candle wick, it melts the wax near the wick. The heat of the flame vaporizes the melted wax and produces carbon dioxide and water vapor.

I couldn’t find many birthday facts for this week, but I’ll leave you with a small (really small, the actual list is HUGE) handful of famous folks that share Nov. and Dec. birthdays with you!

  • Larry Flynt 11/1
  • Marie Antoinette 11/2
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. 11/25
  • Miley Cyrus 11/23
  • Billy Idol 11/30
  • Sarah Silverman 12/1
  • Marisa Tomei 12/4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 12/16
  • Brad Pitt 12/18
  • Humphrey Bogart 12/25
  • Anthony Hopkins 12/31
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