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These Two Kids Are Turning 12 at 12:12 on 12/12/12

One plans to eat Krispy Kreme donuts arranged in the shape of a 12, because "donuts are awesome"

Tons of parents vie to have their kid born first every new year. But how many do you think planned to have their kids turn 12, at 12:12, on 12/12/12? Two. Okay, their parents probably didn’t plan it out, but two kids do have twelfth birthdays today at 12:12—Kreg Ryan Gunter from Belleville, Illinois, who turned 12 just past midnight, and Kiam Moriya of Birmingham, Alabama, who’s turning twelve at twelve minutes past noon today.

There might be six other kids with the same six twelves out there somewhere, says The Daily:

Based on statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4 million babies were born in the United States in 2000 — an average of about eight in any given minute. So far though, only these two boys have come to the attention of the media.

But, of course, that’s just an average—no one really knows if there are more of these lucky 12-year-olds and soon-to-be-12-year-olds. Ryan (Kleg goes by his middle name) told The Daily that he had been looking forward to this day since he was 11 (and we know that one year in kid time is like an eternity). Kiam plans to eat Krispy Kreme donuts arranged in the shape of a 12, because “donuts are awesome.”

When explaining why their birthdays were so cool, Kiam said “It’s like one minute out of a whole lifetime,” he said. “You know, it’s all 12s.”

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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