Beddian theory

No more than once in a lifetime, you get a Beddian year, named for the late New York firefighter Bobby Beddia. As defined by Beddia, and refined by mathematician Barry Cipra, it’s the year in which your age matches the last two digits of the year you were born. If you were born in 1950, it was 2000, the year you turned 50. (If you were born in 1984, you won’t see yours until 2068.)

Trivial, perhaps, but interesting. As Cipra says:

What’s sort of great about it is that it will happen to everybody if you live long enough. If you were born in 2000, it happens instantaneously. The people who were born at the end of the century have to take care of themselves.

Indeed. My grandson Nick, born in 1999, doesn’t get a Beddian year until 2098, while I’ve already had mine.

(Via Jason Kottke, whose Beddian year is 2046.)

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