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To think this girl won't turn 18 tomorrow?

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CrohnicallyFarting Thu 27-Feb-14 19:53:00

I was listening to the radio, and they were wishing a happy birthday to someone who is celebrating their 18th birthday tomorrow (28th Feb).

The thing is, she was born on Feb 29th. Obviously, this year isn't a leap year, so she can't celebrate her actual birth date. But I can't help thinking she's celebrating a day early and she should actually have 1st March as her 'birthday' in non-leap years.

I just have this vision of the poor girl going out for a few drinks tomorrow to celebrate as is customary for people turning 18, only for her to get IDed and turned away for not actually being 18 yet.

So AIBU or is she?

rootypig Thu 27-Feb-14 19:54:36

You care about this a lot more than is reasonable!

Tiredemma Thu 27-Feb-14 19:54:38

I went to school with a girl who was born on the 29th Feb- she celebrated on thee 28th.

BillyNotQuiteNoMates Thu 27-Feb-14 19:54:39

Ooh, good point - (being mean, that would be quite funny! [evil grin])
My DN was born on February 29th as well, will have to remember that for when he is older!

TravelinColour Thu 27-Feb-14 19:54:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 27-Feb-14 19:56:14

My friend celebrates on the 28th too. Although jokes that he is younger then his dc.
(he will be 11 tomorrow, his dc are 18, 16 and 15)

Dwerf Thu 27-Feb-14 19:57:26

If that was my birthday I would celebrate it on both Feb 28th and March 1st even non-leap year-year, but in this case, I think I'd give it the extra day just to make sure. So I guess you're right. Although some people (ncluding barstaff may think differently.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 27-Feb-14 19:57:38

It would be a hard hearted bar person who turns them away but guess they're strict these days. Technically I think you're right.

I went to primary school with someone born on feb 29th. I can remember her sobbing one year as she said she wasn't having a proper birthday.

kelper Thu 27-Feb-14 19:58:21

My grandma was born on feb 29th, my mum said she used to celebrate her birthday on March first the other three years smile

Catsmamma Thu 27-Feb-14 20:01:06

won't their birthdays creep??

so feb 29th born and then 365 days later is march 1st age one another 365 for and two and three, all March 1st.

oh no....

back to feb 29th for four

so yes, she isn't 18 until march 1st.

MaureenMLove Thu 27-Feb-14 20:03:06

I don't think it's the barman being hard hearted actually, but more about the law and his license, as according to her ID, she isn't 18!

Let's have visions of her, having a nice family meal tomorrow night and getting rat arsed with her mates on Saturday instead! grin

evertonmint Thu 27-Feb-14 20:04:04

But if she's still out at midnight she'll miraculously be 18 and one day! She might just need to drink lemonade until 12 grin

ReadyToPopAndFresh Thu 27-Feb-14 20:04:35

Leap year birthdays must be shit sad

YANBU op, March 1st she'll be 18.

BusinessUnusual Thu 27-Feb-14 20:05:17

Did anyone else find the title threatening? Like OP was about to order a hit?


FabBakerGirl Thu 27-Feb-14 20:05:21

Well, she'd like me then if she had chosen March 1st since I have been convinced it was March 1st all day today. cakebrew.

swooosh Thu 27-Feb-14 20:05:26

Its MY birthday tomorrow. (really the 29th) I celebrate the 28th AND the 1st wink

Legally on their 18th birthday a leap year baby can turn 18 on the 28th. In the US it's the 1st however..

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 27-Feb-14 20:07:24


Did anyone else find the title threatening? Like OP was about to order a hit?

Yep grin

KissesBreakingWave Thu 27-Feb-14 20:08:07

No, if you were born on the 29th, you turn a new age on the 28th.

You are x years old when you've completed x years, and that completion happens the last day of your x-th year. Legally, at the first moment of that day (if you wait until your actual 18th birthday to go to the pub you're doing yourself out of a full day of legal drinking, although while this is the precise working of the relevant law, good luck persuading the bar staff....)

So your xth birthday is actually the first day of your x+1th year. You 'turned' that age the day before.

<shoves glasses up nose, folds arms and nods authoritatively>

BusinessUnusual Thu 27-Feb-14 20:10:23

<steals Kisses' lectern>

SavoyCabbage Thu 27-Feb-14 20:11:46

My dd has the same birthday as her best friend but her best friend is technically a day older as she was born in Australia and my dd in the uk. If dd had been born here, her birthday would have been the 5th, not the 4th.

Every time is is one of our birthdays, I think to myself that it is not really because of the time difference.

DonnaDishwater Thu 27-Feb-14 20:11:59

Someone who is born on the 29th Feb doesn't officially turn 18 until 72 years after they are born, on their eighteenth birthday!

MsVestibule Thu 27-Feb-14 20:12:19

business I don't very often actually laugh out loud at anything on MN, but I did at your comment!!! Yes, very menacing, a la Goodfellas.

IneedAwittierNickname Thu 27-Feb-14 20:14:22

Really kisses? I can't see how that works confused

Surely if I was born on the 1st of January, I would be a year old at the end of the day on 31st December?
confused confused confused confused confused confused

Or.maybe I'm thick?

HadABadDay2014 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:16:07

You have me thinking.

Perhaps it should be based on time born 12 midnight to 12 midday = 28th February, 12 midday to 12 midnight = 1st march

Really have no answers if born dead on noon.

JeanSeberg Thu 27-Feb-14 20:16:57

Pirates of Penzance anybody?

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