Birthdays

1. Over fifteen million people have the same birthday as you.

2. In the distant past, it was only kings that had birthday parties because no one else was considered important enough to have a celebration.

3. The Germans created the first birthday cake about 200 years ago. It was made from sweetened bread dough topped with sugar.

4. The world’s largest birthday cake was created in 1989 for the 100th Birthday of the city of Fort Payne, Alabama. The cake weighed over 128,000 pounds. More than 16,000 pounds of that weight was icing.

5. The world’s most expensive birthday party cost over $27 million US. It was for the Sultan of Brunei’s 50th birthday, and the cost included hiring Michael Jackson to perform live.

6. In England, when you reach one hundred years of age, you receive a telegram from the Queen.

7. Almost two billion dollars is spent in the United States annually on birthday cards.

8. Beatle, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was auctioned in March 1997, for $84,146 US. It is believed to be the world’s most expensive birth certificate.

9. The most common birth date in the USA is October 5th. If you were born on this day, your mother likely conceived on New Year’s Eve.

10. The song ‘Happy Birthday’ is copyrighted and makes around two million dollars a year from licensing fees.

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