Every year on the 4th of July, the internet is alive with the sound of people warmly wishing America a very happy birthday.
This year, the United States will turn 2015 years old.
I have mixed feelings about the 4th of July. One hand, yeah freedom & drinks! On the other hand, idiots wish America a happy 2015 birthday.
— Hope Floats (@RealHopeFloats) July 1, 2015
This is one of the world wide web’s favourite jokes, tweeted with either thick irony or absolutely none at all.
It was brought to the attention of the masses two years ago when a man named Chase Oros tweeted a photo of his Twitter timeline.
User @_vroom was retweeting people who were wishing America a happy 2013th birthday.
Since then, BuzzFeed wrote about it (People actually think America is turning 2014 years old this July 4th). Mashable wrote about it.
America is gonna be 2014 years old in 2 days. That’s crazy.
— Sabibi™ (@SayWalllah) July 3, 2014
In 2013, The Daily Mail sarcastically lauded Americans for thinking the country’s birthday fell on New Year’s Day.
Many people also use Christmas day to tweet their happy birthdays to Jesus, who, according to some, turned 2014 years old last December 25th.
Or maybe that was the world who turned 2014, no one knows for sure.
everyone is dumb af…the world is 2014 years old and jesus is billions of years old do you not know your facts
— ️ (@runawayjauregui) December 31, 2014
A brief history lesson and reminder: July 4th serves as the official anniversary of when the thirteen colonies declared independence from Britain in 1776, making 2015 the 239th year of America’s independence.
While I am sure it would appreciate the patriotic cake balls, America is not 2,015 years old.
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