Matthew McConaughey's Alleged Old ID Surfaces Online

03/28/2014 04:47 pm ET | Updated Mar 28, 2014
  • Liat Kornowski Deputy Director of Growth and Analytics, The Huffington Post
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The Internet is just full of surprises. After surfacing Matthew McConaughey's prom photo as soon as he won his Best Actor Oscar, this latest treat might even be better: McConaughey's alleged old ID, which Reddit is showing all the love to today.

Under the title "My buddy's fake ID. Used to get into 18+ shows in the early 90s," redditor Philkolons explains that, "This gem was passed off to my friend outside Emo's in Austin circa 1992-3. Alright alright alright."

So what might have happened to McConaughey's ID for it to have traveled all the way to the top of Reddit? The date of birth is accurate, the photo clearly seems spot on, even the address is the 44-year-old's home address.

As one Huffington Post editor who is familiar with Emo's in Austin, Texas, notes, the music venue was open to all ages. McConaughey might have gotten his ID confiscated trying to buy a drink underage (as the alarming red UNDER 21 stamp suggests), or he lost it, gave it away or left it at the bar, and someone else got hold of it. Whatever the path, it somehow changed hands until Philkolons' friend discovered it.

Given that McConaughey didn't become famous until 1996 with "A Time To Kill," the unnamed friend probably didn't know whose ID he was using at the time.

Curiously enough, the ID's expiration date seems to be 1991, which would have likely made it difficult to use in '92-'93.

We'll settle for staring at that familiar grin, in any case.

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