There's something special about the number 12:
Twelve months in a year. Twelve days of Christmas. Twelve members on a jury. Twelve apostles.
Number-lovers are buzzing about Wednesday's date, 12/12/12. It's the last time the day, month and year will all match until Jan. 1, 2101 -- 01/01/01 -- more than 88 years from now.
Some see good luck in the numbers. Others see an approaching doomsday.
But few have a stronger connection to the date than Everett twins GiGi and Jared Boscacci.
They're turning 12.
"On the day they were born, we said they'll be 12 on 12/12/12, only we thought that would be a long time away," said dad Joe Boscacci, a general contractor.
"And it has just flown by," said mom Lisa Boscacci, a substitute teacher.
The twins aren't superstitious and don't claim their unusual birth date gives them any particular power or insight.
"It might be lucky," Jared shrugs, "because it doesn't happen to a bunch of people."
Among those fascinated by the 12/12/12 pattern is University of Portland electrical-engineering professor Aziz Inan, who notes the importance of noon and midnight, and the fact that so many things, such as eggs, come in dozens.
Some see hidden power in the numbers. "Twelve is the energy of creativity, artistic beauty, harmony, celebration," Florida numerologist Marcy Heller told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
In the Seattle area, many same-sex couples who only now can marry in Washington are doing so on Wednesday for various reasons. "It's something you're going to remember -- 12/12/12 -- because you'll only see it once," said Kelly Middleton, who with partner Amanda Dollente was first in line to get a wedding license in King County when the state's same-sex marriage law took effect on Thursday.
Each of the past 11 years has had one day in which the day, month and last two digits of the year matched, such as 07/07/07.
But once the year turns to 2013 -- and since there isn't a 13th month -- that can't happen again in this century.
For the Boscacci family, the number 12 will figure into the twins' birthday celebration. Lisa said at least one relative is planning a 12-part gift, but she's keeping the specifics under wraps.
Although Jared and GiGi are both good students and both play basketball, their parents say, one notable thing about them is how different they are.
Blue-eyed GiGi, the older twin by 17 minutes, is right-handed and loves math. She wants to be a pastry chef or a veterinarian.
Brown-eyed Jared is left-handed and loves art. He's thinking of becoming a pro-basketball player or a cartoonist.
Joe Boscacci, who grew up in Seattle's Broadview neighborhood, said he doesn't buy lottery tickets often, but might on the twins' birthday -- although besides 12, he's not sure what numbers to pick.
Lisa, who grew up in the Edmonds area, said that when she was pregnant with the twins, her due date was Christmas Day. But because of the twins' size, doctors decided it was better to induce labor, which they did on the 11th.
The birthday is being acknowledged, courtesy of a donation by the twins' grandmother, on a lighted sign outside Everett's Northshore Christian Academy, where GiGi and Jared are in sixth grade. (An aside: Do two sixth-graders make a 12th-grader?)
Their birthday plans call for a family breakfast at a favorite restaurant before school, and an after-school party with as many as 20 relatives at a Shoreline bowling alley.
And, says Lisa, the fact that it would take 12 strikes to make a perfect game? Strictly a coincidence.
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