WTF Fun Fact 13654 – Mother-Child Birthday Month Connections

Do you and your mother share a birthday month? Surprisingly, this is more common than many think.

A recent extensive study examining over ten million births has uncovered intriguing patterns in birth months within families. Not only do mothers and children often share the same birth month, but this phenomenon extends to siblings, fathers, and even between parents.

Statistical Anomalies in Mother-Child Birthday Month

This study, spanning 12 years of data, delves into the intriguing world of birth seasonality. Typically, births in a country follow a distinct pattern, with certain months seeing a higher number of births. However, when grouping births by the mothers’ birth months, an unexpected trend emerges.

Researchers noted a significant deviation from expected patterns. In families where the mother was born in a specific month, there was a noticeable increase in births during that same month.

This trend was consistent across various countries and time periods. For example, mothers born in January had a higher likelihood of giving birth in January, and this pattern repeated across all months.

The analysis revealed a 4.6% increase in births where mother and child shared the same birth month. This trend was even more pronounced among siblings, with a 12.1% increase. Furthermore, parents sharing the same birth month and children sharing a birth month with their fathers showed increases of 4.4% and 2%, respectively.

Key Influencers

What drives this fascinating trend? The study suggests that shared socio-demographic characteristics within families might play a significant role. For instance, in Spain, women with higher education are more likely to give birth in the spring. This preference can be passed down to their daughters, who also tend to have higher education and give birth in the spring, perpetuating the cycle.

Various social and biological factors, such as education levels, play a crucial role in determining a family’s birth month patterns. These factors influence not only the choice of partners but also the biological aspects of fertility, including exposure to sunlight and food availability.

In addition to social factors, biological elements also contribute to this phenomenon. Exposure to photoperiod, temperature, humidity, and food availability varies across different social groups, influencing when births occur.

This variation might explain why certain birth months are more prevalent in specific family demographics.

Research Limitations About the Birth Month Connection

Despite the compelling findings, researchers acknowledge limitations. One such limitation is the assumption of independence of outcomes within families, which might not always hold true. However, even after adjusting for this factor, the results remained consistent.

This study opens new avenues for future research, particularly in understanding how a child’s birth month impacts their health, education, and other life outcomes. It highlights the importance of considering family characteristics in birth month studies.

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Source: “Mothers and children have their birthday in the same month more often than you’d think — and here’s why” — ScienceDaily

WTF Fun Fact 13600 – Italian Mother Evicts Sons

You know things have to be bad at home when you read a headline that says “mother evicts sons from home.”

In the scenic city of Pavia, Italy, a landmark case highlights the sometimes strained dynamics between parents and their adult children. A 75-year-old mother, frustrated and worn out, took her two sons to court to have them evicted from her home. The central bone of contention? The mother, who is retired, alleges her two adult sons have lived off her pension, not contributing financially or assisting with household chores, despite both being gainfully employed.

The Sons’ Defense: Cultural and Legal Ties

The sons, aged 40 and 42, labeled as “bamboccioni” (big babies) in court, didn’t take the eviction lightly. Resorting to legal representation, they countered that Italian law compels parents to support their children indefinitely. This argument alludes to a cultural phenomenon in Italy, where many adults live with their parents into their late twenties and beyond. The term “mammoni” (mama’s boys) is often used to describe such men who are heavily reliant on their mothers, even in adulthood.

In the court ruling, Judge Simona Caterbi upheld the mother’s plea. She emphasized that adult children don’t have an inherent right to inhabit a property owned solely by their parents. Particularly when that goes against the parents’ wishes. Caterbi acknowledged the law’s provision for parents to maintain their offspring. But she deemed it unreasonable for men over 40 to continue exploiting this provision.

Judge Caterbi’s verdict: the sons have until December 18 to pack up and leave.

What Lies Ahead After Mother Evicts Sons?

Italy is no stranger to such cases. In 2020, the nation’s Supreme Court ruled against a 35-year-old part-time music teacher who sought financial backing from his parents. He claimed his 20,000 euros annual income was insufficient. It seems Italy grapples with a unique cultural challenge – a significant number of adults delay their departure from the parental nest.

According to Eurostat 2022, Italians, on average, venture out of their parents’ homes around age 30. This trend is relatively high when juxtaposed with northern European countries like Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. In these countries, young adults commence their independent journey at roughly 21.

As the sons ponder an appeal, this case underscores the evolving dynamics between Italian parents and their adult children. With the court’s ruling, other parents might be empowered to establish boundaries, especially with adult children who can support themselves. Furthermore, it’s an essential commentary on cultural shifts and the legal system’s role in mediating familial disputes.

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Source: “‘Parasites’: Mother wins court case to evict two sons in their 40s” — CNN

WTF Fun Fact 12404 – Finding Family

On April 30, 1942, an 11-year-old boy named Philip Lazowski stepped outside his family’s hiding place in the Jewish ghetto of Zhetel, Poland. When the Nazis spotted him, they took him to the town square, where they sorted people into groups of those who would live and those who would die.

Among those chosen to live were doctors, tailors, nurses, etc. He saw all of the young and elderly people being shuttled into the group that would be shot. 1000 Jews were slaughtered that day.

Lazowski spotted a woman named Miriam Rabinowitz, who has a nursing certificate and two little girls by her side.

“I went over to her, and I asked her, ‘Would you be kind enough to take me as your son?’ ” he recalled, according to WBUR. “She said, ‘If they let me live with two children, maybe they’ll let me live with three. Hold on to my dress.”

All four survived that day, having no idea they would meet again in the U.S.

While attending a wedding, Lazowski struck up a conversation with someone who knew Ruth and her daughters and the story of them saving a young boy in 1942.

“Sitting at the table, I said, ‘I come from the town of Bielica,'” Lazowski said. “She says, ‘You know, a girlfriend told me a story, they saved a boy from Bielica. And we don’t know if he’s alive.'”

Realizing he was that boy, he tracked down the nurse, Mirian Rabinowitz. It was then that he formally met her daughter Ruth, who he later married in 1955.

Rabbi Philip and Mrs. Ruth Lazowski now have three children and seven grandchildren.

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Source: A family helped a Holocaust survivor escape death. Then they became his real family — WBUR

Fun Fact – Amniotic Fluid Refresh

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The amniotic fluid in a mother’s womb, , which can be nearly a liter of fluids at 30+ weeks, is replaced every 3 hours towards the end of pregnancy. WTF Fun Facts