Today is my half-birthday (and it’s not to late to buy me 50% of a gift on Groupon). Half-birthdays are, of course, 6-months away from someone’s real birthday. They’ve always fascinated me (so much so that I had to search my old posts to make sure I haven’t talked about them extensively yet). I used to talk about them as a joke but that just caused me to think about them more than I ever should have.
The trick is that, much like regular birthdays, half-birthdays are relative to someone’s actual birthday. Birthdays are every 12-months, not 365 days. Therefore, half-birthdays are every 6-months, not 182.5 or 183 days. Kind of like how people born on leap day only have birthdays every four years. Sure, those people age in the eyes of the law but I will not recognize those birthdays unless it’s actually February 29th.
Anyways, people born on the 29th – 31st of certain months don’t get half-birthdays. Those birthdays are: May 31st, August 29th – 31st (or August 30th and 31st in leap years), October 31st, and December 31st. Weird, right?
Even weirder, leap babies have more half-birthdays than real birthdays. Four half-birthdays for every one real birthday. Add up all those halves, and they aren’t any younger than regular people. Crazy.
This Thursday at 8pm I’m hosting Two Hour Mic Check at Beatnik’s in Worcester, MA. It’s a free comedy show featuring stand-up comedians booked from all over New England. This