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Did You Know?

  • The “Happy Birthday” song came about in 1893 when teacher Mildred Hall thought of the tune
  • As the song grew in popularity, it was sung outside schools and became Happy Birthday to You. The song is protected under copyright until at least 2030
  • In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a popular 21st gift was to have all your teeth removed and replaced with a set of dentures. Why? Because it would save you money on dental treatment later in life!
  • Claudia Severa, wife of Roman commander Aeilius Brocchus, sent out the first documented birthday invitation sometime during 100 AD
  • 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 world’s largest birthday cake was created to celebrate the 100th birthday of Las Vegas. The cake weighed 130,000 pounds and measured 102 feet long, 52 feet wide and 20 inches high
  • Anne Frank’s world famous diary was given to her as a present for her 13th birthday
  • William Shakespeare died on his 52nd birthday, 23rd April, 1616.

Since Your Last Birthday...

  • 31,535,000 seconds have passed
  • Your hair has grown by about 12cm, and your nails by about 4cm
  • Your heart has beaten 42,075,900 times
  • You’ve taken around 15,768,000 breaths
  • You’ll have had about 1,460 dreams
  • The world’s population has grown by around 76,570,430
  • Your heart’s pumped 2,688,000 litres of blood throughout your body
  • The Earth has completed travelling approx. 584,337,600 miles
  • 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!
  • Out of 23 people, there is a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday