People Born on the (Exact) Same Day You Were

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. On this date in 1809, both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born. I'm a sucker for "people born on the same day" trivia. Our own Mark Juddery tackled the topic back in 2008 (other notable birth twins: George W. Bush and Sly Stallone, Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross). I'm still waiting for someone Born-on-the-30th-of-July-1979 to make a splash so I have a cool answer to this question: who's your birth twin (born same day, same year)?

2. Let's say you found a DeLorean equipped with an operational flux capacitor. But for reasons too complicated for me to explain here, you can only use the time machine once—and you can only use it to go see one musical act perform live. Which band would you want to see, and when would you want to see them? The Beatles in the mid-1960s? Nirvana in 1991? The Who last Sunday?

3. When's the last time you were the recipient of a random act of kindness? When I took the dog out Thursday morning, I noticed my neighbor had cleared the sidewalk in front of our house, saving me a good chunk of shoveling time. This may not technically be a "random" act, since my neighbor saw me gesticulating wildly when my snow blower crapped out mid-blizzard. But still, very kind.

4. Once a month I'm going to repeat a favorite question of mine—are you reading anything you'd recommend to the rest of us?

Have a great weekend!

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