Can you solve this twin riddle?


The riddle left Facebook users scratching their heads over how the situation could have occurred. Pictured, parents Seth and Emily Peterson. Picture: Cape Cod Healthcare/Facebook.

Hayley RichardsonThe Sun

INTERNET users are scratching their heads over a riddle posted online about a baby born second who is older than is brother.

Confused? Let us explain.

Little Samuel Peterson was born at 1:39am on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

He was followed by his twin brother Ronan 31 minutes later at what would have been 2:10am.

But at 2am that morning, Daylight Savings Time ended for the year making it 1:10am according to the official record, meaning Ronan is older (on paper at least) than his brother.

The brainteaser was posted to Facebook in November by Cape Cod Healthcare, along with a photo of the boys with mum Emily and dad Seth, from West Barnstable, Massachusetts.

The post received more than 1500 reactions and nearly 500 shares, with many users commenting on the adorable conundrum.

Adam Thurmond wrote: “Congrats to giving birth to time travellers”, while Alyson Lucey joked: “They are going to fight forever about who is older.”

Deb Totten, a maternity nurse at the Cape Cod Hospital where the twins were born, said: “It’s the first time I have ever seen this in over 40 years of nursing.”

Realising how close his sons were going to be born to midnight, Seth, 45, a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, admitted he had a feeling there might be something unusual about it.

He told One Cape Health News: “I said, they’re either going to be born on two different days, or the time change may come into play.”

Stay-at-home mum Emily, 32, said during Ronan’s birth she heard the nurses talking before seeing the hands moving backwards on the clock in the birthing room.

She admitted: “I thought my brain was playing tricks on me!”

Samuel and Ronan have since joined their big sister Aubrey, two, at home.

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