Monday, July 9, 2018

Burn at Both Ends

Birthday Trivia 
There is still no cure for the common birthday. - John Glenn
- Buring the candle at both ends. A darling old lady blows out  Birthday candles 2

Birthday cake and candles are a tradition from the ancient Greek temple of Artemis. Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the lunar cycle, was presented with round, white cakes adorned with candles to represent the moon. 
- Birthday Candle burns out
You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. - Bob Hope
Even more primordial, smoke has been a conduit to the Gods. Blowing out birthday candles while making a wish is an extension of religious ceremonies.   
 In the US, half of the 7 billion greeting cards purchased every year are birthday cards, with retail sales of $3.75 billion.
Hallmark cut its workforce by more than 50% from 2010 to 2015. Industry analysts had assumed electronic greetings would destroy the market. However, the rate of cards sales has held steady, just not for the greeting card giant. 
Millennials purchased unique and pricier stationery options, buying cards from vendors like Papyrus or Etsy. 
- Birthday Cake Sorry I Slept with your mom. Burn at Both Ends.
The most common birthdate in the US is September 9th and 9 of the top 10 days to give birth are between Sept. 9 and Sept. 20. Evidently, Christmas and New Years makes couples frisky. 
The least common birthdates are December 25, January 1, and July 4. 
Happy Birthday accidentally tipping the table while blowing out candles. Burn at Both Ends.

Per a Wikipedia article about birthday customs and celebrations: 
Items such as underwear and socks are generally not as well appreciated by younger children, even if they are emblazoned with popular characters. 
Although the statement is made without citation, the author has a point. 
The song Happy Birthday led to a century of litigation and generated royalties of over $50 million . . .
- Happy Birthday prison cake
and evidently, collected illegally. 
They say its your birthday. Beatles birthday card by We Three Queens Co on Etsy
The other top royalty-generating songs are: 
'White Christmas' by Irving Berlin (1940), $36 million.  
'You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin' by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Specter (1964), $32 million. 
'Yesterday' by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (1965), $30 million.  
'Unchained Melody' by Alex North and Hy Zaret (1955), $27.5 million. 
- Vintage Photo. Cute little girl celebrates her Teddy Bear's birthday. Burn at Both Ends.

In 1893, sisters and teachers, Mildred and Patty Hill, composed a song for their pupils, 'Good Morning To All'. 
In the early 1900s, people started singing the birthday lyrics and the song was published in 1924. The song, without royalties, appeared in films and on the radio in 1931. 
- Vintage photo cute little girl shares frosting from a birthday cake wihth a little boy. c1950s

Three years later, a third Hill sister, Jessica, secured the copyright until 1991. It was later extended to 2030. Warner Music bought the song in 1988, with half the royalties going to The Hill Foundation.
- Dad blowing out birthday candles. c. 1950s
While under copyright, any public singing of Happy Birthday technically required payment of a royalty, which is why restaurants have created variation to sing to the birthday guest. 
- Nancy blows out birthday candles c. 1950s
Walt Disney paid $5,000 to use the song in a parade and documentary films have cut birthday scenes to avoid paying. 
Cpt Kirk Set Phasers on PARTY
However, the Curiosity Rover on Mars was determined to be exempt from payment when playing the song to itself on its first birthday.  
In 2013, filmmaker Jennifer Nelson made a documentary about the song and filed a lawsuit against Warner Music after they charged her $1500.
- A 2 martini Birthday Party circa 1960s
The suit concluded in 2016, ruling that Warner music did not appropriately acquire the copyright. Warner agreed to pay $14 million and the song was determined to be in the public domain free to use by party attendees, restaurant employees, and documentary filmmakers.
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