I’ve wondered about people who don’t know their birthdays- say, orphans, people born in the African Bush (where they don’t keep track of such things), or people in similar circumstances.
Obviously you can’t get very far in an industrialized country without knowing your birthdate (can’t apply for a job, can’t apply for credit, can’t get a driver’s license, etc.).
So when an orphan is old enough to leave the orphanage and apply for a job, does he just make up a birthdate when he applies? Or how about if a Kalihari bush-man were to immigrate to the US, would the INS just tell him to make up a birthdate, so he could have one?
INS DRONE: When were you born?
KALIHARI BUSH-MAN: In the summertime.
INS DRONE: :rolleyes:
INS DRONE: Well, you look about 30. Let’s say June 29, 1971.
KALIHARI BUSH-MAN: Sounds good. Thank you.