YOU.REGETTINGOLD.COM Will Tell You How Many Breaths You've Taken and Times You've Orbited the Sun
As country singer Kacey Musgraves puts it in her song "Follow Your Arrow," you just get so many trips 'round the sun. Well the new website you.regettingold.com (Get it? You're getting old?) will tell you just how many such trips you've already taken, as well as all kinds of neat factoids about you: the total number of candles on all your birthday cakes, your birthstone, and important events that happened over half your life ago.
I am the kind of person with a weird sense of the passage of time. I mean, "...Baby One More Time" came out two years ago, right? And Mean Girls can't possibly be more than a few years old. (Hint: it is 10.) When I plugged my birthday — August 6th, 1993 — into the website, I immediately felt far older than my mere 20 years would suggest.
Here are some mind-blowing facts I discovered about myself:
- My heart has beaten approximately 760,816,666 times.
- The moon has orbited the earth 278 times during my life.
- I am a Leo, and my birthstone is peridot or sardonyx.
- The first call on a handheld mobile phone was made on April 3rd, 1973. That's closer to my birthday than today is. Wat.
- iTunes opened on April 28th, 2003, which was over half my lifetime ago. (I remember trying to buy the soundtrack to Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century on iTunes that summer!)
- The Late Show with David Letterman aired on CBS when I was 24 days old. Now, after 20 years as the host, Letterman is planning on retiring in 2015, so basically my life to this point has coincided almost exactly with his tenure.
- Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet status when I was thirteen years old, ruining everything that Blue's Clues taught me about the solar system.
I do not remember people getting this passionate about Pluto in 2006, but clearly they did.
And the list goes on...there are plenty of other fascinating tidbits that I learned from only typing in my birthday! If you've got a few minutes, meander on over to the site — although what you learn may totally redefine your skewed perspective of time. And potentially make you feel ancient (or, as I prefer to think of it, sagacious and experienced). Redditors, meanwhile, are having a blast with the information. User whoiam06 wrote, "My mom got the following: 'March 21st, 1871: Otto von Bismarck becomes first Chancellor of the German Empire nearer to your birth date than today!'"Ouch.