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Only once in my working life, when I was out of the country for my birthday (one with a 0 at the end). When I arrived back my desk had been "decorated". But very few people I ever worked with made a thing of it.
kids dream about getting older,
young adults realising they made it waste a lot of time getting drunk (thus forgetting why they did it),
older adults wonder why they bothered,
older folks consider it their biggest mistake.
I avoid birthdays, particularly my own.
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For my 40th, it did: champagne, cards, and speeches - that kind of thing.
If I recall correctly, mine was along the lines of "I understand that now I've reached 40, I'm supposed to chasing anyone in a skirt. Please shoot me if you see that happening?"
(Mostly a dig at the General Manager who was "seeing" one of the ladies in the order phone pool)
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We have a tradition that the birthday person brings some kind of snack, like cake. It only really works in smaller offices though. For next year the manager has come up with a new idea - we all give a bit of money each month and then at the end of the month we have a little celebration for whoever had their birthday that month.
We had a new HR person who made a big deal of peoples birthdays, that didn't last very long.
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In Norwegian High Schools the ratings go from 1 to 6, with 6 as the best. (At least it was that way in my days.)
At the Tech.University, the ratings went from 1 to 6, with 1 as the best - in my days.
Nowadays, they have become americanized: They go from A to F (but they do make use of the E grade: There is no abyss between passing and flunking). In crafts, we also used to have Norwegian terms "læregutt", "svenn" and "mester". They have been replaced by (in their English forms) "undergraduate", "bachelor" and "master". If you today address a holder of a master's degree as a "mester", (s)he will give you a strange look and make sure it is corrected to the proper American form.