Just when you thought your headache would kill you, you grimly look around your room and you hear a sound:


At the time this gets posted by a friendly robot, even those of you trying to recolonize Howland Island (at UTC-12!) are welcoming the new year. If you’re reading this, you made it out of 2014 alive and kicking!

That’s more than most people can say. Specifically, you’re better off than about 56 million people – who saw the dawn of 2014, but didn’t have the chance to see its end. Not to mention our 100 billion human ancestors who died even earlier.

You may not be a part of the “one percent” but – if you’re reading this – you’re at least part of the 6.5 percent of humans who ever saw the light of day and made it to 2015.


Enjoy curing your hangover!


  1. I always knew I was special, but nobody had ever found the right way to tell me … until now! Haha!

    The other day, I found myself having one of those conversations about what age of history I would like to have lived in. I don’t know if I even came to a conclusion, but the figures you quote in this make me realise that I’m living in an age of history just like anyone else ever did and ever will – and that I should be grateful for it. That’s the kind of perspective I enjoy and appreciate.

    Thanks, Fabian – and happy new year!

    1. Hey Paul,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this perspective on life right here, right now! :)

      Have a happy new year, you too!

  2. Happy New Year Old Chap! Glad to see you breaking the blogging silence to usher in 2015.

    Thanks for the sense of perspective that these statistics bring. Certainly something to be grateful about.

    Of course, with great power (i.e. being alive) comes great responsibility..!

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