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'Urkel' Just Turned 40

He's been busy in 18 years since 'Family Matters'

(Newser) - This just in from the Houston Chronicle's Department of Making People Feel Old: Jaleel White, who played quintessential nerd Steve Urkel in the '80s and '90s sitcom Family Matters, turned 40 on Thursday. In the 18 years since the show ended, White—who played the character for... More »

Donald Trump Is Now a 70-Year-Old

He'll be the oldest person to ever become US president if he wins

(Newser) - If Donald Trump is the one standing on the Inauguration Day dais, he'll do so as the oldest president ever elected. The GOP's presumptive nominee becomes a septuagenarian Tuesday, and he'll be 70 years, seven months on Jan. 20, 2017, the Daily Beast notes. That would put... More »

UK Cheers Queen's Historic 90th With Stamp, Longer Pub Hours

She's the first British sovereign to reach the ripe old age

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British sovereign to reach her 90th birthday and is celebrating in a very royal way: with a stamp. An official photo showing four generations of royals—the queen and princes Charles, William, and George—will be put on first-class stamps, reports CNN . The... More »

CEO's 'Saddest' Tweets Mark Twitter's 10th Birthday

Plus all the other celebrations accompanying this milestone event

(Newser) - Twitter is now a brash, confident, occasionally obnoxious tween. The social media site celebrates its 10th birthday Monday, remembering on its blog how it all started on March 21, 2006, with a single tweet by head Twitterer Jack Dorsey that read: "just setting up my twttr." "Thank... More »

August Babies More Likely to Be Medicated for ADHD

1.73 times more likely

(Newser) - One's birthdate has already been linked to such things as temperament . Now researchers in Taiwan report in the Journal of Pediatrics that we can add ADHD to the list. When looking at 378,881 children ages 4 to 17 at some point between 1997 to 2011, they found that... More »

Mom, Dad to 20-Year-Old: Happy Birthday, We're Done

He's given 'Notice of Expiration of Child-Rearing Services'

(Newser) - When young adults in the US reach the age of majority, they take on full legal responsibility for themselves and can do fun things like vote, sign contracts, and open bank accounts. In Japan, the same milestone means they get hit with rent charges and manifestos from their parents on... More »

White House Wishes Baby Happy 101st Birthday

Mixup surprises Utah family

(Newser) - This week, Benjamin Shosted of Utah, who turns 1 next week, received a note from the White House congratulating him on having "witnessed the best of what our Nation can accomplish when we work together," NBC News reports. No, Benjamin isn't an unusually experienced baby; rather he'... More »

This Man Had the Longest Birthday Ever

Sven Hagemeier made Aug. 4 last 46 hours last year

(Newser) - Most of us are stuck with a birthday that lasts just 24 hours per year. Not Sven Hagemeier. The German made his 26th birthday stretch for almost two days and nabbed a Guinness World Record for his efforts. How'd he do it? Well, it involved a lot of air... More »

Boy Beaten Over Slice of Birthday Cake Has Died

Police say 9-year-old Jack Garcia was handcuffed and fatally punched

(Newser) - Police say a 9-year-old Maryland boy has died after he was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died yesterday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. Kifer says police will confer this afternoon with... More »

Dalai Lama's Birthday Bash Driving Planners Nuts

What gifts and what kind of cake to make for spiritual leader are tough calls

(Newser) - He's the man who has (and wants) nothing, which is putting birthday planners in a peculiar predicament. The Dalai Lama turns 80 on Monday, and per the Wall Street Journal , it's been a task and a half to prepare for an address he's giving to about 15,... More »

21st Birthday Swim Ends in Tragedy

Police say man was trying to make it across pond with rock

(Newser) - It was supposed to have been a birthday feat, but it turned into tragedy instead. Authorities near Oroville, Calif., say a man celebrating his 21st birthday drowned while trying to swim across a pond in a wildlife area with a 10-pound rock, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Friends were... More »

Dying Son's Birthday Wish: to Receive Mail

And it's pouring in for 8-year-old Bubby Everson

(Newser) - Bubby Everson is an 8-year-old boy with a simple birthday dream: to receive mail. He loves getting cards and especially stickers, which he'll play with and "put all over the place," his dad, Thomas Everson, tells Q13 Fox . His parents are asking people to send Bubby mail... More »

Elvis Would Be 80 Today

His first recording will be auctioned in commemoration

(Newser) - Happy Birthday, Elvis. The king would be 80 today had he lived, and fans have gathered at Graceland in sub-freezing temperatures to pay homage. Ex-wife Priscilla and their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, joined fans from around the world for a cake-cutting ceremony outside Elvis' longtime Memphis home. They also sang... More »

Kim Jong Un Is 32 Today ... Maybe

Or 31 or 33, or something like that

(Newser) - In case you've somehow managed to erase this detail from memory, USA Today reminds us that exactly one year ago, Dennis Rodman was singing "Happy Birthday" to "best friend" Kim Jong Un. Today is indeed believed to be the North Korean leader's birthday, but it's... More »

Teen Dies Days After Legs Severed at Birthday Party

Australia's Adrian Simon may have been asleep on tracks

(Newser) - An Australian teen whose legs were severed by a train while celebrating his 18th birthday died on Christmas Eve in the hospital, three days after the incident, ABC Australia reports. "The death of the young lad is very sad, very upsetting," Paul Hogan, mayor of Taree—where the... More »

Pope Gives Sleeping Bags to Homeless for His Birthday

Pontiff handed out 400 sleeping bags to Rome's destitute to celebrate his 78th

(Newser) - Pope Francis spent his birthday last year by going to church with four homeless locals . This year he upped the ante, celebrating his 78th birthday on Wednesday by donating 400 sleeping bags—complete with an imprinted papal coat of arms—to homeless people around Rome, ABC News reports. Volunteers and... More »

30K Birthday Cards Arrive for Man With Down Syndrome

30-year-old has well-wishers from Chicago to Hong Kong

(Newser) - With Manuel Parisseaux's 30th birthday coming up, his mother sent out a quick note on Facebook requesting a few cards for her son, who has Down syndrome. The results were stunning: Dozens of cards started arriving at the family's home in Calais, France. Then the dozens turned to... More »

Birthdays Ending in 9 Make Us Cheat, Run, Die

'Nine-enders' are more apt to look for meaning of life with both good, bad behaviors

(Newser) - There's a reason we feel that mixture of dread, excitement, and existential restlessness right before we tip over into the next decade—and scientists say that can be both good and bad. According to a study published in Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences , people turning an age... More »

Happy Birthday, Vladimir Putin— Er, Hercules

One-day exhibit compares pint-sized strongman to, you know, son of Zeus

(Newser) - Today marks the blessed occasion of terrible despot / bird savior/ actual human embodiment of testosterone/ possible caveman Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday, and in case you forgot to send cupcakes, well, old Vlad is giving the world a gift, and it's truly Herculean in scope: Dubbed "The... More »

Man, 101, Has Worked at One Company for 73 Years

Hy Goldman says the work is what keeps him young

(Newser) - Do what you love—not just to enjoy yourself, but possibly even to live longer. So says Herman "Hy" Goldman, who yesterday celebrated his 101st birthday not in a nursing home but surrounded by coworkers at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover, NJ, where he has been working for 73... More »

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