Daylight Saving Time Causes Rare Age Phenomenon

November 7, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2017    

These twin brothers have a bizarre tale that they can tell for the rest of their lives, thanks to Daylight Saving Time.

The riddle goes: Samuel was born first but his twin brother Ronan is older, how is it possible?

The father of the boys, Seth Peterson who is a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, thought that something unusual might happen as his wife was giving birth on the night that Daylight Saving Time ended.

“I said earlier that night that they were either going to be born on two different days or the time change was going to come into play,” he said to the hospital, according to NBC.

Samuel was born at 1:39 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts. About half an hour later, Ronan was born—but Daylight Saving Time meant Ronan’s official time of birth was earlier, at 1:10 a.m.

Mother of the twins, Emily Peterson, 32 told ABC News today, “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.'”

Deb Totten, a nurse at Cape Cod Hospital Maternity, said it was the first time that she saw this occurrence in more than 40 years of nursing, according to the hospital.

Michael K. Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, described the birth as “a remarkable occurrence,” ABC News said.

He added, “It’s a pleasure to have such a positive story at our hospital about a wonderful young couple who will have a great tale for their sons.”

Samuel was born 5 pounds, 13 ounces at 1:39 a.m while Ronan was 5 pounds, 14 ounces 31 minutes later. Except his official birth time was 1:10 a.m. rather than 2.10 a.m.