An unusually snappily named academic paper – “Death has a preference for birthdays” – takes a new look at the question of social milestones and death.
The idea that some deaths can be postponed for key events (like birthdays or major festivals) first caught currency in the 1970s, and has been argued about every since. It is an idea that appeals. This statistical paper, set to be published in the Annals of Epidemiology, adds to that literature. Read more