TAYLOR SWIFT: Birthday Fun Facts

Taylor Swift turns 28 today (Wednesday), and if you want to impress Swifties -- or make them think you're one of them, try out one of these bits of trivia.

  • She grew up on a Christmas tree farm.
  • Her parents named her after singer James Taylor.
  • She used to keep hermit crabs as pets when she was a kid.
  • She won a poetry contest in fourth grade with a ditty called "Monster in My Closet."
  • Her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Findlay, hosted a popular variety show in Puerto Rico.
  • She completed her junior and senior years of high school, through home schooling, in less than 12 months.
  • She's hooked on the Food Network, especially reruns of Barefoot Contessa.
  • Her cats are named after her favorite TV characters -- Olivia Benson from Law and Order: SVU and Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Her Speak Now album was nearly titled Enchanted -- a name that was changed at the last minute.
  • She considers 13 to be her lucky number, because it's her birthday, but also finds luck in 89, 26, and 39.

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