It seems that I share a birthday with:

Isaac Newton
Jakob Grimm
Louis Braille
James Bond (the ornithologist, though, not the agent)
Gao Xingjian
John McLaughlin
Michael Stipe (ick)
George Tenet(double ick)
Dan Quayle (triple ick)


Blogger HPL said...

Og jeg så til min store glede at jeg deler bursdag med wrestleren Bubba Ray Dudley (... ja, og Northrop Frye, Woody Guthrie, eh ... Gerald Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Lino Ventura, og Harry Dean Stanton også)

January 04, 2006 5:05 pm  
Blogger Jarle Petterson said...

Gratulasjoner i bøtter og fleng, Martin, og easy on the booze et tasera.

January 04, 2006 8:56 pm  
Blogger annabel said...

yay. happy 25th.

i'm gonna burn you a cd of all-out canadiana, now that i can, with my brand new laptop. muahaha. you dig?

send me your mailing address, mmkay?

January 04, 2006 10:22 pm  
Blogger MGL said...

Takk, takk, begge to. Ingmar Bergman og Harry Dean Stanton er da ikke så gale, det.

Annabel: adress has been sent to an email inbox near you. Might want to check the junk mail filter.

January 05, 2006 12:07 am  
Blogger Gaute said...

Gratz d00d! Jeg på min side deler bursdag med Marshall McLuhan, Ernest Hemingway og Norman Jewison. Samt Josh Hartnett, men det snakker vi ikke så høyt om.

January 05, 2006 10:51 am  
Anonymous Ginny said...

I thought Newton's birthday was Christmas?

Also, the requisite age for President is 35. 25 for the House of Representatives and 30 for the Senate. Still, when the current president was your age, he was cheerleading, doing drugs, and getting arrested. So he was probably having more fun, but at least you seem more responsible.

Happy birthday all the same!

January 06, 2006 2:43 am  
Blogger MGL said...

You're totally right, Ginny. I've been spreading misinformation. The requisite age for the president is 35. So I have to wait another ten years. Aw, shucks. I guess I can use the time to become a citizen. Of course, by then the Arnold for Prezident campaign will have changed that pesky law saying that you have to have been a natural-born citizen, and my rise to power will be immediate.

Regarding Sir Isaac Newton, the December 25th date is subterfuge. It is in the old style Julian calendar. They probably teach it to junior high school students because it's easier to remember. In the Gregorian style calendar, he was born on January 4th.

Here's a mind-boggling little coincidence for you: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes - arguably the most influential writers ever in their genres of choice - died on the exact same date (April 23rd 1616). But they died ten days apart. Spain had introduced Gregorian calendar and Britain still used the Julian style. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

January 06, 2006 10:29 am  
Anonymous ragnfrid said...

You guys! Eddie Vedder seems to be Wikipedia's most famous person with the same birthday as me. What happened to Queen Silvia of Sweden? I always send my secret regards to her on the 23rd of December. And Ginny, how's your course getting along? If you need any tutoring, do not hesitate to ask! We are dying to spread our important minority language out to new communities.

January 06, 2006 4:29 pm  
Anonymous the eye said...

Kong Christian II, Kong Frederik II, Leibniz, George Sand, Semmelweis, William Strunk Jr., Charles Laughton, William Wyler, Estée Lauder, Olivia de Havilland, Farley Granger, Hans Werner Henze, Leslie Caron, Sydney Pollack, Twyla Tharp, Karen Black, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Aykroyd, Prinsesse Diana, Carl Lewis, Harald Zwart, Pamela Anderson, Claire Forlani, Liv Tyler og mig.

January 07, 2006 6:05 pm  
Anonymous s said...

Marguerite Duras, Muddy Waters, Maya Angelou, Anthony Perkins, Andrei Tarkovsky, Aki Kaurismäki, Robert Downey Jr. og Heath Ledger. Eg skulle visst ha jobba med film.

January 11, 2006 4:04 pm  

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