Twelve is the magical number for birthday boys

Twins Jackson and Harrison McBeath will always consider their 12th birthday a special milestone.

After all, not everyone can say they turned 12 on the 12/12/12.

The numerical quirk of the calendar is somewhat of a novelty for the Figtree pair, who joked with their St Therese Catholic Primary School mates there were no excuses about forgetting birthday presents on such a memorable date.

But what lies in store for them today is a point of contention between the two, who disagree on the significance of the recurrent 12s.

For Jackson, who first pointed out the coincidence to his mum a few years ago, turning 12 on the 12/12/12 is a good omen.

"When I realised it I thought it would be pretty awesome when it happens ... so I think it will be a lucky day," Jackson said.

Harrison is not so sure.

"I don't believe in luck," he said.

"I think our friends are going to annoy us about it a bit. They'll all come up to us and say the same thing."

Despite Harrison's scepticism, he said he and Jackson were fortunate enough to receive iPads from their parents as a special birthday gift.

He was also hoping to save any birthday money to buy himself a guitar.

Their mum Lucy, who plans on buying a lottery ticket for each of the boys today, says the day will be something they remember for the rest of their lives.

Twins Jackson and Harrison are 12 today. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Twins Jackson and Harrison are 12 today. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

"We're going to head to the harbour with some paddleboards and a few mates from school and have a bit of a get-together down there, which should be a lot of fun," she said.


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