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Twins Born Across Daylight Savings Time Can Both Say They’re Oldest

It’s mind-bending but true.

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On Nov. 6, 2016, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Emily and Seth Peterson welcomed two sons into the world, Samuel and Ronan. Samuel was born at 1:39 a.m. and Ronan arrived 31 minutes later. But according to their birth certificates, Ronan is 29 minutes older. How is that possible? It’s all because of Daylight Savings Time.


Here’s how Cape Cod Healthcare explained the freaky occurrence on their viral Facebook post.

“Riddle of the day: Samuel was born first, but his twin brother Ronan is older. How is that possible?

Answer: Samuel was born at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 and by the time Ronan was born 31 minutes later, #DaylightSavingsTime had ended for the year and the time fell back by an hour, making Ronan’s official time of birth 1:10 a.m. Samuel and Ronan were born at Cape Cod Hospital to parents Emily and Seth Peterson of West Barnstable.”

“My husband was the first to say it, ‘Here’s a riddle for you!’” Emily Peterson, told ABC News. “It literally took me a day to wrap my head around it. I didn’t realize it was quite that big of a deal until my nurse turned around and said ‘I’ve been working here 40 years and haven’t seen anything like that.’”

“I said earlier that night that [the boys] were either going to be born on two different days or the time change would come into play,” the boys’ father, a Massachusetts State Police trooper, told WCVB. The Petersons now have one of the most confusing birth stories to share with their friends and family.

“I personally think it’s kind of cool that one’s ‘older’ and one’s born first,” Emily Peterson said. “Hopefully they’re not going to be fighting over it for the rest of their lives.”

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