One Hundred Eighteen/ThreeSixtyFive: Spring Underfoot, a photo by Madame Meow on Flickr.
Do you know what a reciprocal birthday is?
It’s a little thing I kind of made up to break up the dreary existence of the everyday and it goes like this:
* You find out the ordinal number of the day of the year you were born: for instance, if you were born on January 2nd, you were born on day number 2.
* Someone born on December 30th may be born on either day 364 or 365, depending on whether you were born in a leap year.
* Write it as a fraction of sorts: for January 2nd, it would be 2/363, in which two is the number of days that have elapsed in the year; and 363 is the number of days yet to elapse.
* Now, invert your fraction: 363/2. I call this a reciprocal because either way you look at it, it adds up to 365 (or 366 if you’re doing a leap year) and that is ONE year.
* Your reciprocal birthday is, then, December 29th, which is day 363, with two left to go (363/2).
* If you were born on February 29th, your fraction HAS to be 60/306 (both numbers adding to 366), and your reciprocal birthday would be November 3rd.
My reciprocal birthday I just celebrated, then, on April 28th– 118/247–a date I now look forward to every single year. Be nerdy; be merry; enjoy!