If you were born in 1954, you will be 54 years old this year.
The name for this occurrence is your Beddian Birthday, named after a NYC firefighter. I never heard of it, never thought about it, have you?
So, take back that “duh.”
A kid was visiting the fire station and Bobby Beddia explained to the kid it was a special year because his age was the same as the last two digits of his birth year.
So here’s a heads up. Figure out your Beddian Birthday and start spreading the word that this is damn special and you expect very special treatment and gifts on that day. You probably should post it on your blog – maybe a countdown even.
Here’s the math behind how many people are before and after their Beddian Birthday:
Beddia Theorem: In any odd-numbered year, there are exactly 50 pre-Beddian ages. In any even-numbered year, there are exactly 49 pre-Beddian ages. Moreover, with three exceptions, these ages consist of two separate spans. The exceptions are 1998 (or any year ending in ’98), for which the pre-Beddian ages comprise the single span 0-48, 1999 (or any year ending in ’99), for which they comprise the single span 0-49, and 2000 (or any year ending in ’00), for which they comprise the single span 1-49.
I’m glad I didn’t learn this the year after by Beddian Birthday. I missed it by a lot. I would have been really hacked off if I just missed it. It is exactly the kind of worthless information I like to have on the tip of my tongue.