A Dutchman who wanted to legally change his date of birth by 20 years has lost his legal battle and will remain 69 years of age.
Almost without a shadow of a doubt, everyone reading this right now will have heard someone joke about how old they are, normally when they are asked what birthday they're celebrating. "Oh I'm 21 again, that's 20 years in a row now." You might have even made the joke yourself.
Emile Ratelband of the Netherlands recently tried to go one step further than that as reported by Sky. Mr. Ratelband was born on March 11, 1949. The math whizzes among you will have already figured out that makes the Dutchman 69 years old at present. However, the almost 70-year-old has been fighting in court to have his date of birth changed to 20 years after the day he was actually born.
After getting over the thought of someone trying to legally do this, some of you might have tried to think of a logical reason behind this legal battle. That a mistake was made on the man's birth certificate, or he was born somewhere that doesn't issue them at all. Not the case. Mr. Ratelband was told by his doctors that he has the body of someone 20 years younger than him. By his reckoning, that means he should be allowed to legally change his age from 69 to 49.
The fact that this case made it to court, and has taken the world by storm, is baffling to us. Mr. Ratelband believes that if he were allowed to change his age, it would benefit him in a number of ways. Due to being 69, he finds it harder to get work now than when he was younger. He also thinks if he were 49, he would have a lot more luck on Tinder than he currently does. Well, at least he's honest.
Mr. Ratelband's biggest argument was that in a world where people can legally change their name and their gender, he should be allowed to alter his age. Yeah, we're still not convinced, and neither was the Netherlands court in which the case took place. Allowing Mr. Ratelband to change his age by 20 years would have meant erasing 20 years of records from the system. That alone would have caused chaos and is not a precedent the Dutch government wanted to set.