Thanks for popping in. Ready for a conundrum?
When’s your birthday? Mine’s 13th March 1959. Let’s state the obvious. When we are born we start at 0 – Zero – and go from there. And every year, on the same day, we celebrate getting older by a year, right?
Not so in South Korea! Apparently, according to traditional law, babies are a year old when they arrive! Another age-counting law in that country dictates that everyone ages by a year on first January! The first thing that came into my mind when I read about it early this morning was, What a cardmaking nightmare!! If all the birthdays for the family, friends and the entire country are on the first January, how on earth do you deal with that?! And what about the Birthday Cake industry?! Can you imagine the chaos in the bakeries on New Years Eve?? I laughed out loud when I considered the practicalities.
SO. Let me get this right. If you were born on 31st December in South Korea, then technically, the next day, you’re 2 years old. That’s a fact. Who dreamt that system up ?!?! Must play havoc with the games industry too. So it says Suitable for ages 2-4 on the box. But 2-4 could be 0-2 too, right? What a load of cock! Here we are in Blighty, always looking to the Asians, wondering how they live so much longer than us, putting it down to green tea and chee gong, when all along they had a 2 year head start! I suppose the only comfort to be had is that everybody has been in the same age bracket there, so they will all readjust simultaneously too. Strange. Mmm… what about when they move abroad?
“Date of Birth?” “January 1st 2003” “So you’re 23” “No. I’m 25” “And you’re applying to do a Maths degree course at Cambridge”
But today, 28th June 2023, all that is going to change. South Korea is doing away with their old age counting system, and introducing International Standards. Good luck with that!
The teenager who WAS 18 is now 17. Or maybe even 16! Thought he was leaving school? Nah. Back ya go! On a happy note, the 64 year old Korean Barbie is now 62. I like it! Sounds MUCH better! But hang on! What about my pension, people ?!? What about my bus pass?!? Are you telling me I have to work another two years?!
Humans. They really know how to screw things up, don’t they.
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Have a lovely Wednesday!
Barb x x x
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