Thursday was my birthday. I celebrated by jumping
out of a cake. Unfortunately, my foot slipped on some
icing, and I swallowed a sparkler, but I'm OK now.
Anyway, this column actually serves an important purpose:
remembering people's birthdays. Everyone has a birthday,
except for people over 30 and some miniature golf course
owners. The key, though, is putting together the proper
birthday with the correct person. It would be slightly
pointless, although much more convenient, to just nominate
a random birthday for everyone you know.
I found two fairly good-sized sites that have numerous
birthdays listed. The first, anybirthday.com, gives you the option to search based on first name,
last name and zip code. I don't think I was listed on
the site, but at the same time, I didn't scroll through
every person who shared my name. I was also disappointed
to find that miniature golf course types were not listed,
because it would be easier to weed out the boring courses
as opposed to the ones that resemble the circus or pirate
ships. The site did mention that they were not posting
Social Security Numbers, so I guess that's a good thing.
The next birthday search, dubbed as the World
Birthday Web, shows numerous birthdays from across
the globe. Sure, you have to sign up to have your name
in the list, but is it worth it? The site says you will
not receive spam if you sign up, but it doesn't guarantee
your information will be sold to the highest bidder.
I had my birthday a few years back and received birthday
greetings from people in a few different countries.
Although that is fascinating, it's not as cool as a
hole-in-one shot through one of those spinning windmills.
There are a multitude of sites that offer party packs,
greeting cards, etc. Birthday Express seemed
to be one of the biggest. They also have a feature called
a birthday scroll, which shows many events that occurred
on your birthday and can be framed. The site also offers
assorted parties, whether it be a tea party of an 'NSYNC
one. No, I refuse to dress up as Lance or Justin, but
apparently, these guys will.
Now, on to the things that are more thought-provoking
than why they can give you only a half a pencil to keep
score at miniature golf. At the Decimal
Birthday Calculator, you can find out how many days
you have lived on the planet. As of July 7, I am 9,500
days old. That is considered a minor decimal birthday.
That might seem old, but I guess it could be worse.
On Mercury, I think I would be about 22,301 days old,
and on top of that, I would probably weigh 13,452 pounds.
The most provocative site (and possibly the most popular)
is the pi
birthday chart. That's right, you thought you knew
everything. But do you know if your birthday is in pi?
Well this site will tell you free of charge, nothing
to buy, ever. My birthday begins at the 126,728th number.
Unfortunately, I knew pi only to 50 digits, so I had
I hope these, sites, and maybe others you can find
on your own, will make your next birthday the best ever.
Just remember to celebrate hard and if you want to keep
your golf ball, don't hit it in the 18th hole.