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July 01, 2007


Do you know that "forty" is the only number in English whose letters appear in alphabetical order? Although I read that on Wikipedia, so maybe it's not true. In French, the words for two and five have this property. Then I guess it gets hopeless since the teens end in "ze", and the tens end in "te". But wait, hold the phone, one hundred (or at least "hundred", which is all you would typically say) in French is also in alphabetical order. Fascinating.

Forty is also the age I turned today. Me and Pamela Anderson, who were both born on July 1, 1967. This happened to be Canada's 100th birthday. Because of this I got to ride in a parade when I was ten; I presume that over on the west coast Pamela also derived similar awesome benefits from her birthdate. I recall that in that year, 1977, they picked a kid from each of the provinces who was born on 7/1/67 and toured them around the country doing something or other. I wasn't the representative for Quebec, which is not surprising since 1) I wasn't French and 2) I wasn't "really" Canadian and 3) I wasn't born in Canada. I did play ice hockey, if they were looking for symbolism.

So, I'm embarking on my fifth decade, but I'm not that old. I was at Microsoft the other day and somebody that I hadn't seen since 1990 recognized me and said I looked the same as I did back then.

Posted by AdamBa at July 1, 2007 10:05 PM

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Adam - looks like we share a birthday. I was born on 7/1/79. Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Phil at July 2, 2007 10:32 AM