How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?
That's a very good question. How old would you be if you really didn't know how old you were? Stop and think about that for a minute. What if your birth certificate had been destroyed in a fire? If your parents developed amnesia the day you were born? If you were suddenly dropped from a spaceship and found yourself wandering around a shopping centre?
THE CALENDAR METHOD
Determining chronological age is a precise science. Formulas tabulate the number of hours in a day, the number of days in a week, weeks in a month, months in a year. Then the calendar cycle starts all over again. And as the count changes another year is recorded against our age. This is the tried-and-true calendar method of determining the passage of time and with it determining age. It is a very useful method if you are setting tax deadlines, applying for social security benefits, stringing decorations for national holidays, buying gifts for anniversaries, marking the start of the hunting season, or deciding when to plant your tomatoes. But is the chronological or calendar method reliable in fixing our true age? Are there other, perhaps more accurate ways to determine how old we are? Stick around, you will be surprised.