First-Born Twin Turns Out to Be Younger Than His Brother -- Wait, What?


If you love riddles, you'll enjoy this totally mind-bending birth story. Brothers born in Massachusetts may end up arguing over who is the older twin thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Samuel Peterson may have been born first, but because the clocks had been set back one hour, his brother, Ronan, born second, is now technically older. Confused? So we were -- at first. 


Here's how it hapened: Samuel was born 1:39 a.m. on November 6. His twin brother, Ronan, popped out 31 minutes later, which was after the clocks had been turned back an hour, making his recorded birth time 1:10 a.m. So, technically, Ronan is the older brother!

Doesn't that sound like a math problem your kids would ask you to help solve? (Or like an old-school SAT question? LOL!) 

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It was news to the staff at Cape Cod Healthcare, where the twins were born. Even their mom, Emily, was struggling to process it.

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"My husband was the first to say it, 'Here's a riddle for you!' 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,'" Emily told ABC News.

This is definitely going to be a fun story for this family to tell and share on probably every one of the boys' birthdays. 

This mom, who has a 2-year-old daughter at home, has the right approach. She told ABC, "I personally think it's kind of cool that one's 'older' and one's born first. Hopefully they're not going to be fighting over it for the rest of their lives."

Good luck with that!

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