69 or 49?
Emile Ratelband, a self-styled positivity guru in the Netherlands, thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed. The 69-year-old TV personality has asked a court to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49. Ratelband says his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in the Netherlands and around the world. “I want to have my own age. I want to control myself,” he said Thursday. Ratelband says he wants to avoid age discrimination in society — especially on dating websites. How about just being economical with the truth about his age? “I don’t want to lie,” he said. “I want to be myself, so don’t force me to lie.”