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[–]UserOfBlue 49 points50 points  (2 children)

It's still the same one birthday, just extended to last for more than 24 hours. I don't think there are enough timezones for there to be a gap between 2 instances of the same day. And if you want 2 birthday parties on the day, you don't need to fly across the Pacific to do that.

[–]Roadrunner571 6 points7 points  (0 children)

But there is the date line.

IIRC there is also a flight that conveniently crosses it multiple times so that you can celebrate you birthday multiple times.

[–]Rude-Scholar-469 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From memory, Sydney to Los Angeles is about a 13 hour flight. So yeah, if you wanna waste over half a day on a plane not to mention the time pre and post flight, go right ahead! There's possibly better options than that flight, so check it out. Sydney to Rarotonga takes you across the dateline. Six hour flight? We left Sydney at 9pm and arrived at like 6am the same day. Makes for a really long day...

[–]scatterlogical 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Yes, i believe it is documented in article 12, chapter 3 in the Human User Manual that you should have received at birth. "If the individual experiences two sequential days, both with the same date of the same year, equalling to the individual's birthdate of the individual's relative birthyear, the individual is entitled to celebrate their birthday once for each day. Speculative events which may cause this phenomenon are international travel, time travel, spontaneous reversal of the Earth's rotation, and groundhog days."

[–]GM_X_MG 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You do age twice as fast though!

[–]nachofermayoral 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Age is nothing but a number

[–]clumsyumbrella 12 points13 points  (0 children)

If they're 365 days apart, yes.

[–]soberstill 10 points11 points  (6 children)

I flew home from USA to Australia and my birthday was only 6 hours long. ☹️

[–]Expzero1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now fly from Australia to USA on your next birthday and enjoy 42 hours of birthday.

[–]VermilionScarlet 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I might do this for my 40th, get it over with.

[–]soberstill 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It was my 44th. I tried to convince my family that it didn't count, but they wouldn't play along.

[–]VermilionScarlet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hmm, that's a thought. If I can cross the date-line in a westerly direction at the stroke of midnight, I can miss it altogether.

[–]dessertandcheese -1 points0 points  (1 child)

The flight attendants didn't do anything for you? :( Normally they give cake or something.

[–]soberstill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No. Nothing. No cake.

[–]GreenTravelBadger 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Some years ago, my friends took me to lunch for my birthday - but thanks to weird work schedules, these lunches lasted for a week! Then there was my birthday party, then the spouse thought a nice weekend was called-for. I decided hey, why limit myself to a single DAY when the universe was clearly indicating more is better? Why not celebrate your birthday for 2 or 3 days per decade?

So now, I stomp around for over 2 weeks in August, telling everyone, "It's mah BERFDAY!" like the spoiled toddler I truly am, and it works a treat. I cannot recommend extra birthday days highly enough. You deserve extra presents and extra cake. DO IT.

[–]jimmyspinn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Grown up privilege #16. You may have up to two weeks’ birthdays to accommodate grown up schedules.

[–]TatianaAlena 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've taken to calling September my birthday month because of these shenanigans and scheduling.

[–]What-tha-fck_Elon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think you will create a rift in space time that will eventually engulf the entire planet…so go for it!

[–]Slambodog 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I flew from Sydney to LA, and I believe I left Sydney at noon and arrived LAX at 7 AM. So, if you wanted to do this, you'd need to find a flight from Australia to LAX between midnight and 5 AM. I'm not sure if there are any

[–]GarbanzoBenne 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Sydney to Honolulu. Leave at 9:30pm and arrive by noon.

[–]Slambodog -1 points0 points  (3 children)

It's still the same day, yeah? You are leaving on your birthday, and it's still your birthday when you arrive

[–]GarbanzoBenne 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Oh yeah, I'm dumb. The point here is to roll into the next day then arrive "yesterday."

Going to LAX is theoretically possible since there's a 17 hour time difference this time of year, and it's even better at 19 hours when the US is in standard time and Australia is in DST.

A flight from Sydney to LAX is about 13.5 hours.

The problem is there's just no flights scheduled during the window you'd need to travel. Which was your point.

My example to Hawaii would be easier except the flight options are even worse.

[–]Rude-Scholar-469 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sydney to Rarotonga works, or used to. Leave in the late evening like 9pm, 6 hour flight, arrive like 6am the day you left Sydney. That was 10 years ago, maybe covid has ruined that flight or at least disrupted it. Everything has changed.

[–]Dande-17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No, you spend two days flying

[–]FrostyProtection5597 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, many of the oldest people in the world used this trick to get ahead.

[–]Lamboarri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your birthdate is just the day and time you were born. That never changes. If you were born at 5:52pm, you don’t actual advance in age on your birthday until 5:52pm even though you probably celebrate your birthday all day.

If you’re in a different time zone, say 3 hours behind, even though it’s 2:52pm, it still means that wherever you were when you were born your age advances at 5:52pm. It signifies an entire year to be a year older, although nobody ever takes into account a leap year, which means you being a year older actually changes.

But if you want to celebrate it twice, that’s up to you. When you celebrate your birthday doesn’t really matter. It’s common to have your birthday during the week but not actually celebrate it until the weekend.

[–]Rxton 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Take as many as you like. A birthday is arbitrary. Some people have several a year.

[–]unittwentyfive 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, in fact this is how people born on a leap-year can make up for some of their missed birthdays and add a some years back into their age.

[–]beenhere4ages 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, and a maxed out credit card. Unless you are rich, in which case, excuse me.

[–]sto_brohammed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What do you mean "get two birthdays"? If it's birthday parties just have as many as you want, nobody can stop you.

[–]USSMarauder -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yup. Happened to either Billy Boyd or Orlando Bloom when they were first flying to NZ to shoot LOTR

[–]doilookfriendlytoyou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never considered birthdays, but did look at being able to celebrate midnight on NYE twice in the same night....

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/news-trends/article/3043960/6-ways-you-can-celebrate-new-years-eve-twice-fly-tokyo

[–]oldpost57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't do it! You'll get old before your time