When my mother turned 26, she'd been married for nearly seven years and was expecting her sixth child. While she was busy changing and washing countless cloth diapers, the Vietnam War was being fought by soldiers whose average age was 22. The average age of a World War II soldier was a slightly higher at 23 years young. High-school kids still have to register for the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

Shakespeare was 18 when he married Anne Hathaway who was (gasp!) 26 years old. Mozart wrote his first symphony at age 8 (he penned the melody to "Twinkle, Twinkle" at age four), Jesus Christ was 33 when he died. But this is the 21st century and times are different. Wait — Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook and worth an estimated $1.5 billion, just turned 27 this May.

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