Happy Birthday…within reason

So, you say it’s your birthday? You’re ready to celebrate with a massive blowout party. Or you’re going to try that new _________ you’ve always wanted to try. You’re going to really put it all out there because, after all, it’s your birthday.

That’s great. Really. Just don’t die OK?

Turns out we are a little bit more likely to kick the bucket on our birthday. What a spoilsport finding, right? Durned social scientists always have to find some way to ruin the fun.

Researchers in 2012 determined that on average people over the age of 60 were 14% more likely to die on their birthdays. In case you’re hoping their sample size was something piddly like say 14, regrettably they studied more than two million people and found a rise in deaths from heart attacks, strokes, falls and suicides.

Another study coming out in 2015, according to Business Insurance, found death rates up among those 20 to 29 on their birthday. “People in that age range have an average excess death rate reaching 25.4%,” the article summarized — particularly if their bdays were on the weekend.

Because I don’t want this blog post to be a total be a total downer, check out Ranker.com’s list of celebrities who died on their birthdays. Just a few notables include: playwright William Shakespeare, musician Sidney Bechet, and actress Ingrid Bergman.

Enjoy this Wilco & Billy Bragg song about Ingrid Bergman as my parting thought: 


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