Fun Birthday Facts You Probably Never Knew

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Birthdays are special times for those celebrating. It is a time to focus on the year ahead while remembering the good times in the year just past. It is your day to shine. Birthdays are the perfect time to celebrate you.

Here are some fun birthday facts that may make your special day more memorable.

August is the month with the most birthdays, with July and September running close behind. Approximately nine percent of the world's population celebrates an August birthday. More babies are born on Tuesdays than on any other day of the week. In the United States, the most and least common birthdays respectively are October 5 and May 22.

More than half of all birthday cards sent around the world are sent in the United States. In fact, 58 percent of all cards are sent in America, averaging around one billion per year. The average person will get seven cards on his or her birthday.

Some other fun birthday facts deal with special greetings for the birthday celebrant. For example, when you give birth, the White House will send your child a birthday card welcoming him or her to the world as a US citizen. All you have to do is fax a request to 202-395-1232, attention White House Greeting Officer. They will also send birthday greetings to any US citizen 80 or older. Just send in the request 6 weeks in advance and include the name, date of birth and address of the person you wish to receive a White House greeting.

In Great Britain, individuals who are 80, 90 or 100 receive a telegram from the Queen congratulating them on their advanced age.

Here's a fun birthday fact - the earliest celebrations were believed to ward off evil spirits. At the anniversary of one's birth, it was believed he / she was particularly vulnerable to the underworld, and a celebration was the best way to distract the spirits from the birthday boy or girl. It was believed that all the gifts and greetings the person received would protect him / her - the more received, the more evil spirits repelled.

Birthday celebrations are a common occurrence around the world today. The most expensive birthday celebration was for the Sultan of Brunei in 1996. His party cost a total of $27.7 million dollars. Now that's an amazing birthday fun fact!

Another fun birthday fact deals with the traditional song rendered at the celebration. The popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," was written in 1890 by two sisters in Louisville, Kentucky, named Mildred and Patti Hill. The most well-known rendition of this song was by Marilyn Monroe to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 when she honored him with her version of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on May 19 in Madison Square Garden. "Happy Birthday to You" was also the first song performed in space when it was sung by Apollo astronauts in 1969.

Birthdays are occasions that people either look forward to with excitement or look toward with anxiety and dread. These fun birthday facts may take some of the dread out of your next birthday and add a little trivia to your celebration.

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