Let's Talk About Birthdays

Let’s talk about September birthdays

The summer’s been sweet, but it’s coming to a close. We’ve coasted into SEPTEMBER on the back of a solar eclipse (oh, is no one talking about that anymore? My bad). And with September comes a beautiful collection of cusp-of-autumn birthdays. What does it mean to be born in September?…

When were birthdays invented?

Birthdays are like belly buttons: everyone’s got one. Most of us have celebrated our share of ‘em, too. But where does the idea of a birthday come from, anyway? When and where was the birthday invented? Are birthdays a modern celebration, or did Paleolithic people throw the ancient equivalent to…

Do you believe in birthdays?

Everyone’s got a birthday. It’s the one day out of the year that’s all about you. Whether you celebrate it with cake at home or with G&Ts on the town, it’s a day that’s different from the other 364. Have you ever stopped to consider how strange that is? Our…

Celebrating long-distance birthdays

Being far away from people you love is hard. Being far away when it’s someone’s birthday is even harder. How do you properly celebrate someone’s continued existence in this world when you’re too far away to give them a hug? Why are long-distance birthdays so hard? Long-distance relationships are difficult…

Let’s talk about June birthdays

Ahh, JUNE. The boundary between spring and summer, where the possibilities of the warm months ahead hang ripe like juicy red cherries. What does it mean to be born in June? What are people with June birthdays like? What effect does celebrating your birthday in June every year have upon…

Double Trouble: The Science of Twins

If it’s your birthday, perhaps you’re sharing it with a sibling. Twins: beloved by film-makers to add a hint of weird, and similarly intriguing to just about everybody else. Turns out, twins are a smidge more common than I thought before researching this article. The incidence of twins is around…

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