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As yet another birthday rapidly approaches, I have decided it is time to start lying about my age. Rather than claiming to be 29, I am going to start telling people I am 38. Even after four years (and counting) of near-constant sleep-deprivation, I think I look pretty good for 38.

Although, thanks to the baby face I hated earlier in life, I think I still make a convincing 29. At least, I could if I had some makeup and a night or two of sleep.

How about you? What are your high and low believable ages? You don't have to tell me your real age if you don't want to, but it will make it more fun.

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My believable age actually seems to coincide with my weight. When I gain and people hear I have 3 kids I get "No way! You don't look old enough to have 3 kids!" (I'm 33). I don't get that when I am thinner. Unfortunately, right now I could probably pass for 12.

i'm 32 and teachers/pupils from when I was 12 and younger recognise me with no problem :(

I think people have more or less stopped thinking i'm 16 now, which is just as well as I have 5 kids!

I've never been carded in the pup or the offie though, surprisingly

I'm about 2 wks shy of 26 and I can pass for probably 16 (or younger) thanks to the babyface that I still hate on occasion and maybe 22 on a good day. I was thrilled not to get carded when I ordered a drink at the wedding I went to this weekend. lol

I'm 35 but I could pass for 30, I think 35 is my cap. I still remember being in my mid/late 20s & being carded when buying a scratch & win lottery tix...WTH I didn't even know there was a minimum age for that!! Presently though I'm still a little sad everytime I don't get carded when ordering a drink at dinner.

*shrugs*
most people think i'm in my early twenties. but i've heard 18. i look REALLY young. it's likely because i'm very wee. if i were, say, a few inches taller...i don't think people would think i was so young.

At 32, I pass for mid 20s still. I could probably go as high as 35.

I'm 29, and the youngest I get anymore is about 24, and the oldest is 33-35. Time to invest in some eye cream, apparently.

I'm 40 (.5) and I suppose if I ever got any sleep I could pass for 32 and I could also look like a good 42. But without sleep, as I am currently, I probably look 48 and feel 98.

I'm 32 and I get surprised looks all the time about my age. Most guesses are in the 25-28 range. Although I did recently get carded to buy a lottery ticket (age minimum of 18). I laughed at the cashier, because there's no way I look 18. I think the highest anyone would guess would be 30, but I could probably lie and say 35. Then people would be REALLY impressed.

I'm having a hard time believing you're really 38. You seriously look 29.

I'm 26, and I think I could pass for a year or two above and below that.

I'm 34 and a checker at a local grocery store carded me and didnt believe it was a real drivers licence, called the store manager to confirm it was real, and said I did not look a day over 15! Seriously! Was all I had to say.

I am 31 and I get an age range between 24 and 29 from people. I must be aging OK then. :) So Far.

Good move. Older women are hotties and you could be a cougar!!! Grooowwwwllll!!!


LOL

Knot

All I know is that I haven't been carded in a looooong time.

All I know is that I haven't been carded in a looooong time.

All I know is that I haven't been carded in a looooong time.

Wow, I managed to submit that comment THREE TIMES. Amazing. I might look early 30's but I'm certainly acting like I'm 74.

I'm 36 and totally relate with the 'wee' assessment; I'm Filipina, 4"11", and most folks think I'm in my early 20s. Interestingly enough, they've thought that since I was 16.

Oh, when I've been out though with my oldest daughter (20) and my youngest (2) people have asked if Lola's mine or Ashlei's. Then we have the "no they're both mine, I have 5 daughters" conversation and all hope is lost.

Interesting question!

This past summer my husband was told I don't look 21 when he went to get me a drink from the bar. I'm sure the server was just being kind, but 10yrs off my life isn't something I'm going to scoff at.

You should go around telling people your 54. Then they'd be like, "Holy crap! You look AMAZING!"

Thanks to some FABULOUS genes (Thanks Mom)and ROC anti-aging night creme, I was just carded this weekend at the liquor store.

I'm 43. forty-three. Apparently, I look under 25. Unless the 5,475 year old clerk was trying to pick me up.

No, really though. I don't think that I look my age (After Sat & Sun nights Phillie's games though, I *do* look tired, but MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES, how could I NOT stay up & watch?)
I would say that my age-range would be 30 to 36.

Thanks to some FABULOUS genes (Thanks Mom)and ROC anti-aging night creme, I was just carded this weekend at the liquor store.

I'm 43. forty-three. Apparently, I look under 25. Unless the 5,475 year old clerk was trying to pick me up.

No, really though. I don't think that I look my age (After Sat & Sun nights Phillie's games though, I *do* look tired, but MY TEAM IS IN THE WORLD SERIES, how could I NOT stay up & watch?)
I would say that my age-range would be 30 to 36.

LOL, you great. I would think you pass for late 20's easily.

At 32 on my best day I might look 28. Though the other day I got carded buying beer and I thought "Really? Are you sure?" because I wasn't looking particularly spiffy that day.

I am 5 months shy of 40 and regularly get carded buying wine. But really, 25-28 is what people usually think I am.

I will be 36 in about 6 weeks and I don't think I have too broad of an age range. Mine seems to fluctuate with my weight, too, but the opposite way. When I am thinner I would say I could probably pass for 31/32 and when I am heavier (gosh-darn baby weight) I probably look closer to 38/40.

Some sales guy at a store guessed I was 38 a month or so ago. As you may imagine, he didn't make the sale.

People always assume you will lie going younger and then you just end up looking even older than you actually are (because most people can't really pull off the ages they think they can).
So if I lie, I always go 5 or 10 years older. Then people tell me how wonderful I look. Age is only a number but looking good is looking good.

I'm 41. People generally guess my correct age or older because my hair is almost completely white. About 7 years ago, someone thought my husband was my son.

My husband thinks I would look ten years younger than I am if I dyed my hair.

I'm 26, but people usually assume I'm in my 30's. I think it's my clothes... and maybe because I put my hair in a bun every day as soon as it's long enough. Chasing around my 2 little boys makes me feel AT LEAST 30, though, so I don't care! My older sister has always looked younger than me, and she hated it when someone thought I was the big sister. Mom told her she won't mind so much when we're 40. :)

I'm 29almost30 but on some days, I have had people ask me where the rest of the (college) freshmen are having orientation. So I guess 18 on a good day. If I am tired and worn out like this weekend (sick kid and husband) I bet maybe 34 but not too much higher. I hope.

The worst age problem I had - On my 16th birthday, I was talking to a stranger on the beach and told him is was my birthday. He said "let me guess - 12?" Looking young is great when you get older, but it was awful when I was 16.

It's quite a few years later now, and people are always actually shocked when I tell them my age. But I'm not going to mention the number now.

Cas

The worst age problem I had - On my 16th birthday, I was talking to a stranger on the beach and told him is was my birthday. He said "let me guess - 12?" Looking young is great when you get older, but it was awful when I was 16.

It's quite a few years later now, and people are always actually shocked when I tell them my age. But I'm not going to mention the number now.

Cas

Hmm age is never an issue with me but then I don't get asked it a lot - just on forms and stuff - normally I have to do the math because I genuinely forget how old I actually am (32). Probably would be less embarrassing for me to *remember* that info so that I don't look like a complete tosser having to stand there and work it out in my head when someone does actually ask. :D

I recently turned 49, and I find that people have a difficult time judging my age. I have a photo of my nearly 23 yr old son in my office, and I've had probably 4 different men ask me if that was my husband. How 'bout NO! Sheesh! I do find that men are way worse at judging age than women.

I'm 24, and I've had people say that they thought I was in high school, so I guess 16 or 17 is my lowest. Somebody once said I looked like an 8th grader, but I don't think they were really looking. Nobody has ever guessed that I was older than I actually am, but I might be able to pass for my actual age on most days. I know, you hate me.

I think now I finally look in my early to mid twenties. I just had my thirtieth birthday a month ago. No one ever believes me when I tell them my real age. Up until about 3-4 years ago nearly everyone thought I was still in high school. I am definitely short (5'1") and have a baby face (from my mother). It really annoyed me when I was in my mid twenties and people would think I was in my early teens. When I first started my job right out of college people actually wondered which employee was my mother or father. They assumed I was not old enough to work there. Now that I'm thirty and people think I'm in my early twenties, I'm rather enjoying it :)

Depending on my hair cut and outfit I think people would guess anywhere between 20 and 25.

I'm 38, and I've been carded as recently as two months ago. An old friend from college found me on Facebook and told me I hadn't aged a day in 20 years. I told him he just needed to see me close up. I gots a few wrinkles.

The upshot of being 38 is that I can now refer to myself as "pushing 40." However, if 40 is as good as 30 was, I'm in for a treat.

I'm 43 (gulp) and if I have gotten a good nights sleep and my job isn't trying to eat my brain, I can pass for about 35. On bad days, people still act shocked when I tell them but I think a lot of that has to do with my attitude. :)

I have no idea. People don't ever speak of my age, or try to make guesses. Maybe that's a bad thing? I get carded on occasion, but only when I don't have my license (Murphy's Law), but really...no idea.

I'm 34. And I love (LOVE.) my 30s, so I suppose I'm happy to not have people guess any older or younger.

What a fascinating question!

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