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Birthday Facts, Bonanza!
A recent survey showed that 71% of participants love celebrating their birthday, at any age. Are you one of them?

Well, you should be! Whether you’re a birthday supporter or a birthday Scrooge, the fact remains that your 1-in-500 millionth chance of conception is something worth celebrating! So, help yourself to some cake, pour a little bubbly and savor some of these birthdays facts, along with that frosting.

Birthdays: A Brief History
Birthday invitations are thought to date as far back as the 1st century AD!

Claudia Severa, wife of Roman commander Aelius Brocchus, sent out the first documented birthday invitation sometime during 100 AD.

Known as the Vindolanda Tablets, these carbon-based ink slabs were made out of wooden leaf fragments, and served as an archaic precursor to what we currently refer to as “save the date” reminders!

The following excerpt has been provided by the British Museum Press, and accounts the translated details of Severa’s celebratory event:

“Claudia Severa to her [sister] Lepidina, greetings. On the third day before the Ides of September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday, I give you a warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me by your arrival. Give my greetings to your Cerealis. My Aelius and my little son send their greetings. I shall expect you, sister. Farewell, sister, my dearest soul, as I hope to prosper, and hail.”

An Overview of Birthday Trivia
  • August is the most popular birthday month, accounting for about 9% of all the birthdays in the world!
  • An estimated 2 billion birthday cards are sent every year in the U.S., alone!
  • In the U.S., birthday cards account for nearly 58% of all cards that are purchased!
  • In 1989, the world's largest birthday cake was created to celebrate the 100th birthday of Fort Payne, Alabama.
  • The cake weighed 128,238 pounds, 8 oz. and used 16,209 pounds of icing!
  • Marilyn Monroe’s, “Happy Birthday, Mr President,” tribute is the most famous, birthday song rendition ever!
  • The world's most expensive birth certificate belongs to Paul McCartney, which was auctioned in March 1997 for $84,146 USD!
  • The Sultan of Brunei hosted the world's most expensive birthday party to celebrate his 50th year. The cost? A whopping $27.2 million! Three concerts featuring Michael Jackson cost $16 million of the total amounts.
  • Anne Frank's world famous diary was given to her as a present for her 13th birthday.
  • William Shakespeare died on his 52nd birthday: April 23, 1616.
  • In the U.S., more people are born on October 5 than any other day.
  • In the U.S., the least common birth date is May 22nd (excluding leap years.)

...Since Your Last Birthday...
  • 31,536,000 seconds have passed.
  • your hair has likely grown to 12 cm, and your nails about 4 cm.
  • your heart has beaten 42,075,900 times.
  • you have taken approximately 15,768,000 breaths.
  • you will have had about 1,460 dreams.
  • the world’s population has grown by 76,570,430.
  • your heart has pumped 2,688,000 litres of blood throughout your body!
  • there have been more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world.
  • the Earth has completed an entire journey around the sun, travelling about 584,337,600 miles.

Miscellaneous, Birthday Figures
If you counted 24 hours a day, you would be over 31,000 years old when you reach one trillion!
  • In the time it takes you to read this, another five babies will have been born.
  • “Christmas Day” is the most celebrated date of birth in the world!
  • “Golden Birthday” is when your age and date of birth are the same.
  • “Birthday Paradox” is the likelihood that out of 23 people, there is a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. This probability goes up to 99% for a group of 57 people!
  • 15 million is the average number of people celebrating a birthday today (and every day around the world)!

* Enjoyed this data? Visit https://www.paperstyle.com/is-bin/Birthday-Invitations.html for all of your birthday invitation necessities (and don’t forget to check out their fun, birthday infographic which has provided the informational framework for this blog)!

sources
https://mybabyexperience.com/2011/08/12/fun-birthday-facts-stats/
https://weirdfacts.com/weird-fact/2850-weird-birthday-facts.html
https://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistoriesB.asp?historyid=284
https://www.ehow.com/about_6308244_birthday-traditions_-origin-birthday-cards.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vindolanda_Tablets

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