When you aren’t spending your internet time allotment on UnderScoopFire, check out the cool site Flavorwire.com. Full of ‘Cultural News & Critique’, this site has something for everyone.
Upon spying one of their headlines “Ranking Pop Culture’s Imaginary Boyfriends and Girlfriends” I was simultaneously excited to read it and disappointed that we didn’t come up with it. If the name George Glass means anything to you, this is the kind of list and site you might like.
What does Flavorwire have to do with Friends character Monica Geller’s birthday?
Flavorwire recently published a great infographic called Fictional Character Birthday Calendars. I’ll admit to checking it out more than a few times since being turned on to it. The one thing I haven’t quite figured out is how some of these birthdays have been determined. I know sometimes a fictional character celebrates or mentions a birthday in a movie or on an episode of a show, but can we fill an entire calendar?
On the morning of Tuesday April 17, Corey Chapman texted me to let me know it was Jennifer Garner’s birthday (in case we wanted to post a happy birthday photoset or tweet a link, etc). I cataloged the information and a few hours later I had the idea to check Flavorwire’s birthday graphic to see what fictional character celebrates April 17 as their date of birth. Probably shouldn’t have come as a shock that the one entry for that day was Sydney Bristow of ABC’s Alias, played by none other than the birthday girl, Jennifer Garner.
This was an indication to me that the fictional character birthdays just coincide with the birthday of the actor/actress who portrayed them. Case closed… but wait. That’s when I noticed characters like Kermit the Frog on May 9 and Barney Gumble of The Simpsons on April 20. How were these determined? Are we just celebrating the birthday of the person who did the voice or puppeteering for these characters?
Nope. Dan Castellaneta voices Barney Gumble (among many others) on The Simpsons, and his birthday is not until October 29.
The mystery remains, but it in no way diminishes my enjoyment of this infographic. Click here to check out the whole year’s worth of fictional character birthdays, as I’m sure you’re dying to know which one you share a b-day with – mine was Michael Kelso from That 70s Show (who, by the way, does not share a birthday with Ashton Kutcher).
And oh yeah! Happy Birthday Monica Geller!