10 Amazing Facts About Birthdays
Birthdays are a funny thing. They are one of the rare things in the world that everyone has. And yet, they are different for everyone in so many ways. Here 10 are fascinating facts about birthdays. For even more factoids (and ways to stump your friends), click here!
New Year’s Babies
The most common birthday in the United States is October 5th. This makes sense considering New Year’s Eve is roughly nine months after New Year’s Eve, when many families make resolutions to have babies
While October 5th is the most common day to be born, August is the most common month. August accounts for roughly 9 percent of all birthdays in the world, a disproportionally big number.
This May Surprise You
Next to February 29 (which only occurs when it’s a Leap Year), the least common day to be born is May 22. Do you know anyone who was born on this day?
In a group of 23 people, there’s a 50/50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday. In a group of 57 people, that probability goes up to 99 percent. That’s what they call the “Birthday Paradox.”
Sharing is Caring
Your birthday is your special day, and nobody can take it away from you. But you should also know that it’s not your day alone! You share your birthday with roughly 15 million people around the world.
That’s a Lot of Babies!
Over 4 million babies are born in the United States each year. That’s just under 11,000 babies per day — or one baby every 7 seconds!
United States of Babies
California has the most births of any state, followed by Texas and New York. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering these are the three most populated states in the country. Vermont has the lowest birth rate, despite only being the 49th most populated state (behind Wyoming).
A staggering 2 billion birthday cards are sent in the United States every year! In fact, birthday cards account for nearly 58 percent of all cards that are purchased. That’s a lot of birthday wishes.
Since Your Last Birthday
Time seems to fly, but consider all that’s happened since your last birthday: More than 31 million seconds have passed, your heart has beaten more than 42 million times, and you’ve taken more than 15 million breaths. That puts it into perspective!
Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
While some people get the “Birthday Blues,” most people prefer to live it up on their birthday. A recent survey revealed that 71 percent of people prefer to celebrate their birthday, regardless of their age.