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Dear Jimmy,

Happy birthday, buddy! What a whirlwind these first 40 years have been, eh? Well, we know that you’re busy and all – what with a late-night talk show and a baby at home – but we just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for…well, for a lot of things, actually.

Thank you for changing the way we look at music. It’s been a trip.

Before you and the Boss came around, we could never quite manage to whip our hair the right way…

…and only brought our B-game to lip-syncing competitions.

Never mind our sheer ignorance of the rich history of rap.
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And country.

And more rap.
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And who could forget the barbershop quartet?

We can’t even begin to tell you how many time those beat-boxing tips have come in handy…

…and those extra history lessons.
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Is it weird to call impressions impressive? Because yours truly are.

Thank you for never letting anyone take themselves too seriously.
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And for always being the first one to laugh at everyone’s jokes…
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…even when they aren’t really that funny.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for distracting our grandmothers with your boyish good looks. (You’ve still got it!)
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And for showing our moms how to bust a move.

Heck, we’re even grateful you taught our dads to dance. (In the privacy of their own homes.)
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But it’s so much more than that. Thank you for doing for dance what you did for music.

Thank you not only for questioning pop culture once in a while…
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…but also for just going with it sometimes.
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Actually, you’ve kind of inspired us to get back to the gym.
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Now that we know buddies are the best motivators.
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And that stuffing our faces afterwards is totally kosher. #WeEarnedThis
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Thank you for understanding that some of us need a little incentive to get excited about sports
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…and that if we are going to go to the game, we want to look cute doing it.
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Somehow, you’re always able to patiently explain the rules to us, too, which we appreciate.

Of course, you completely get it that we need to blow off steam every once in a while, too.
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You really do throw the best game nights.
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And Twitter is a better place thanks to you.

Allow us to get sentimental for a moment: Your life lessons have been pretty invaluable to us.
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Like, super invaluable.

Thanks for reminding us to celebrate the child within.

And for showing us the true value of friendship.
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It’s crazy cute.
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You remind us of the importance of staying true to your roots.
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And that family always comes first.
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Seriously though, thank you for all the jokes, both good and bad.

Thank you for the memories.
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Thank you for the laughs.
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And thank you for the hugs.
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Because you, Jimmy Fallon, are the most grateful person we know, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Happy 40th, and here’s to 40 more!