We’d all love the opportunity to shave a few years off, and that in fact is exactly what is happening for South Korean citizens.
Unfortunately, its not because of the discovery of some magic serum or the invention of a time machine; its the scrapping of a bizarre ageing system. In South Korea, babies are categorised as a year old as soon as they are born, and then a year is added after the 1st of January.
What this effectively means is if a baby is born on New Years Eve, they are (legally) considered two years old at midnight. This understandably causes huge amounts of confusion, and adds an unnecessary amount of bureaucracy to a process that should be simple. However, as of June next year, South Korea are to adopt the international method of determining age, which means many South Koreans will be at least legally, getting younger.