Special date step closer to being a teen

21:20, Dec 12 2012
Liam Thompson turned 12 on 12/12/12
TRIPLE TREAT: Liam Thompson turned 12 yesterday on the last repeating-number date of the century – 12/12/12.

It may be a once-in-a-lifetime date but for Inglewood's Liam Thompson 12/12/12 just means he is one year away from being a teenager.

Unlike the past 11 years, when "triple dates" have been an annual occurrence, yesterday was the last for almost a century until January 1, 2101.

Liam turned 12, following in the footsteps of his best mate Bradley Whitmore, also at Inglewood Primary, who turned 11 last year on 11/11/11.

Liam got a cellphone for his birthday, "the last one in the whole school", and his mother is taking him to Laser Strike in Palmerston North next year.

Kelly Thompson said her son had wanted to be a medic when he grew up, but now he wasn't so sure. So what now?

"I want to be a sniper."

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But he said the most exciting thing about the numbers lining up was that he was getting closer to being a teenager.

"And my teacher baked me a cake," he said.

Others across the world have taken the date more seriously.

Superstitious lovebirds and numbers geeks are flocking to Las Vegas to tie the knot on the unique date.

From midnight to midnight, more than 100 couples will walk or ride down the aisle at Viva Las Vegas - more than 10 times the number of couples who get hitched on a typical Wednesday in December.

The date also marks a milestone for the Vatican, where Pope Benedict XVI will send his first official tweet to the world.

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