“The Birthday Problem asks how many people you need to have at a party so that there is a better-than-even chance that two of them will share the same birthday. Most people think the answer is 183, the smallest whole number larger than 365/2. In fact, you need just 23.” (NPR, “The Math Guy: The Birthday Problem” March 19, 2005)
Yes, it is my birthday. Yay! I am all of 28. I find this tidbit of research—that in a room of 23 people there’s a more than 50% chance two will share a bday—kind of awesome. A good nugget to have in your back pocket. I know from my research that this doesn’t mean the chances are better than even that someone reading this has my birthday—the chances that a random two people in the 23 will share a birthday are much greater than the odds that someone in that group will share your specific birthday—but I happen to know that one person reading this does, in fact, have the same special day as I (Happy Birthday Mom!).
However, if it is your birthday, please email me and tell me what you’d like, because I’m about to do the same.
What do I want for my birthday? So glad you asked. I feel like you readers out there have become my friends. From your comments and emails, or just your willingness to click back over to this corner of the blogosphere every now and then, I feel like we’ve forged a special bond. Like we could be BFFs perhaps. And since friends do nice things for each other on their birthdays (and because I’m not too proud to ask for help) I’m just going to put it out there.
If you would like to give me a birthday present, here’s what I would love more than anything else: For you to tell two (or more, if you are so inclined) friends—or, really, two people who might be interested—about this blog.
Maybe you have two BFFs who live in other cities, and you want to say “This blog makes me think of how much I miss you.” Or maybe your BFFs live next door, and you can send this with a note: “This crazy lady’s escapades make me grateful I have you.” Or maybe you know two people fascinated with social psychology. Or obsessed with Neil Patrick Harris and Friends and Glee.
Since I started this blog, the most exciting thing has been to watch readership grow and, more importantly, the dialogue expand. I love reading the comments and the replies to comments and then replying to the replyers. Suddenly I’m part of a much bigger conversation. It’s pretty mind-boggling, really.
So that’s it. I won’t be bombarding you with requests like this often. But I feel like on your birthday, you get a free pass. So, if you’re so inclined, that’s my birthday wish.
Do you feel weird asking for things on your birthday? Are you the yell-it-from the-rooftops or keep-it-top-secret birthday type? Clearly you know where I fall. But hey, that’s what friends are for, right?