13 June 2012

Is There a Two-Day Error?

This is part of the death certificate of Minerva (Sargent) Strobel who died in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, on 6 March 1943.

The death certificate lists her as being 94 years, 9 months, and 18 days old--with a date of birth of 18 May 1848.

When her birth date and death date are entered into Wolfram Alpha, a two-day discrepancy seems to be apparent between the age on the death certificate and the age per Wolfram Alpha.

I'm about 95% certain I know why the discrepancy exists. I'm curious if readers do.

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