It's Your Birthday? You're So Not Special If It's Today, Say Researchers

Happy Birthday to you. So many people were born on this day it's ridiculous. 

What do Flo Rida, Marc Anthony, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Nick Jonas, and Alexis Bledel have in common besides a burning desire to entertain the masses? A birthday.

September 16 is the most common birthday in the country, according to a new Harvard study, so set aside time to wish all those friends in your Facebook feed a Happy Birthday. (And no, typing HBD doesn't cut it. You can type it out.)

While today landed in the number one spot for a birthday, the study found August to be the most common birth month overall, based on data from 1973 to 1999. July comes in second. 

Doing the math, that means it was late fall and early winter that produced the most baby-making partly because shorter days affects how well women’s pituitary-ovaries work—but really, who doesn’t want to snuggle in bed while the cold weather makes everything miserable outside?

“I’ve always noticed this seasonal birth pattern, and one thought is that people just have less sex in warmer months because it’s so hot out,” Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, told Yahoo News.

Coming in dead last for common birthdays? Of course that’s February 29, the leap day that comes around only once every four years. Some don’t even consider it a real day. When do you celebrate your birthday if you were born on a leap day? Maybe you age only once every four years? Sweet. So if you're 20, you're really five.

Happy Birthday to those born today. Of course, you're still special. 

To see how your birthday ranks, check it out here on the Viz Wiz.

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