Chances are you know at least one person that has the same birthday as you.
In fact, you might even know several people who share your birthday.
But did you know that not everyone who is born at the same time will end up with the same birthday?
In fact, it’s common for people who were born at the same exact time to end up with different birth dates being written on their birth certificates. It happens all the time!
How does this happen, you ask?
Well, it all comes down to time zones…
As I write this it’s 5:19 PM in my neck of the woods. But in Brisbane, Australia it’s already 7:19 AM.
That means it’s already “tomorrow” in Brisbane.
So if there’s a baby being born right now at our local hospital and another baby being born at the same exact time in Brisbane, they are actually being born on two different days!
Even though they were actually born at the same time, the baby born in Australia will always be one day younger than the one that was born in the U.S.!
And now, for an even stranger situation…
It also possible for a set of twins to be born minutes apart from the same mother, but end up having different birthdays!
For example, let’s say one twin is born at 11:57 PM but due to some delay the second twin isn’t born until 12:03 AM.
That would mean those twins were officially born on two different days even though they made their grand entrances into the world a mere six minutes apart!
And believe it or not, some twins have actually been born months apart. In fact, in 2012 a mother in England gave birth to twins that were born 87 days apart.
As you can see, time can be a very interesting thing!
Want to learn more about time zones? Check out the short, but very interesting video below.
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.