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Mark-W
1128283.  Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:34 pm Reply with quote

I was not completely thrilled to realise that, on my recent 50th birthday, I was older than a good friend of mine was on his 50th birthday.

By a day. It took me one day more to reach my 50th than it took him. The reason is not something I could have done much about, as it was determined before I had even made an appearance.

It turns out that, if you are born within the 24 months before a February 29th (a leap day) you will experience 13 leap years by the time you reach your 50th birthday. If, however, you are born in the 24 months following a Feb 29th you will only see 12 leap years.

Therefore, being born in the two years prior to a leap day, you will be 18,263 days old on your 50th birthday, whereas being born in the two years after a leap day, you will be 18,262 days old on your 50th.

I feel robbed.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1128285.  Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:42 pm Reply with quote

And if you're born on the 29th of February, you're not going to have 50 birthdays.

 
Spud McLaren
1128287.  Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:54 pm Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
And if you're born on the 29th of February, you're not going to have 50 birthdays.
Pretty much the premise upon which G&S's The Pirates of Penzance is based.

QI OP, by the way.

 
crissdee
1128859.  Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:42 am Reply with quote

I just realised that I am one who took the extra day to get to my half-century. November '62 I arrived to bless the world with my presence, and Feb '64 would have been the leap day. How about a little straw poll amongst the posters as to who is/will be one of the 18,263ers?

 
Alfred E Neuman
1128860.  Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:43 am Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
I just realised that I am one who took the extra day to get to my half-century. November '62 I arrived to bless the world with my presence, and Feb '64 would have been the leap day. How about a little straw poll amongst the posters as to who is/will be one of the 18,263ers?


You're about a month older than me.

 
CharliesDragon
1128861.  Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:51 am Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
I just realised that I am one who took the extra day to get to my half-century. November '62 I arrived to bless the world with my presence, and Feb '64 would have been the leap day. How about a little straw poll amongst the posters as to who is/will be one of the 18,263ers?


My mother was born in '64, but after February. I think that means she saved a day?

 
crissdee
1128864.  Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:03 am Reply with quote

With a quick bit of jotting down of dates, I realise that I am the only one of my immediate family to have the extra day.

Mum: May '29 15 months after LD
Dad: Oct '29 (he likes older women) ;-) 20 months after LD
Big Bruv: Jul '61 17 months after LD
Me: Nov '62 14 months before LD

I shall see them all tomorrow and astound them more than usual.

Further jotting tells me my niece will be like me.

Niece: May '02 20 months before LD

 
Mark-W
1129617.  Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:32 am Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
I just realised that I am one who took the extra day to get to my half-century. November '62 I arrived to bless the world with my presence, and Feb '64 would have been the leap day. How about a little straw poll amongst the posters as to who is/will be one of the 18,263ers?

I'm with you - April '63. I'm just trying to work out if I'm blessed by having an extra day, or am I really older than I should be?

 
PDR
1129621.  Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:10 am Reply with quote

I was born in March 61, so I'm 36 and in the shorter duration group.

I intend to retire before I'm 50.

PDR

 
franticllama
1129714.  Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:37 pm Reply with quote

Since I'm 25 this year I guess that means I'm an extra half day older than some 25 year olds were.

 
PDR
1129736.  Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:44 pm Reply with quote

franticllama wrote:
Since I'm 25 this year I guess that means I'm an extra half day older than some 25 year olds were.


That's a coincidence - I was also 25 at your age...

PDR

 
Alfred E Neuman
1130133.  Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:32 pm Reply with quote

I, on the other hand, was born at a very early age.

 
CharliesDragon
1130134.  Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
I, on the other hand, was born at a very early age.


And little has changed since then...

Sort of (not really) related, I'm one meter taller than when I was one month old.

 
Spike
1130247.  Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:52 pm Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
I, on the other hand, was born at a very early age.


A traditionalist then?

 

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