When Kiam Moriya turns 12, the whole world will be watching.
The Alabama boy – who loves Krispy Kreme donuts and BMX biking – was born at 12:12 p.m. on December 12, 2000.
His twelfth birthday falls on Wednesday, 12/12/12.
“We’ve joked around that he’s the chosen one,” Kiam’s father, Kazuo Moriya, told Today.com.
Some say his son is lucky, but others fear the boy is a sign of a pending apocalypse.
“There are these weirdos out there online, all these doomsday people, saying he needs to be killed and that he’s the Antichrist,” Moriya said.
“We’re trying to tone it down because it’s a little freaky. It’s just a fun little story.”
The numerically bizarre date has swept the nation into a frenzy, as luck-seekers scoop up lottery tickets and couples seek marriage licenses to wed on Wednesday.
While many people celebrate birthdays on Dec. 12, Kiam’s sparked extra attention because of the exact time he was born. His parents first noticed the strange alignment of twelves while filling out paperwork for his birth certificate.
“The lady who was helping us fill out the forms said, ‘Do you realize your son was born December 12 at 12:12 p.m?” Moriya, originally from Tokyo, told Today.com.
“That’s when it really hit us with all those twelves. I do have to admit that it might mean something, but I have no idea what. It’s definitely a little crazy.”
The Moriyas will celebrate Kiam’s birthday during the sixth-grader’s lunch period at Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy in Birmingham. His mom Tamara is bringing Krispy Kreme donuts for the entire school.
They’ll be arranged in the shape of a 12, she told AL.com.
Kiam, who was born premature at a hospital in Bronxville, N.Y., told the website his birthday is “very cool.”
“It’s like one minute out of a lifetime,” he said. “You know, it’s all 12s.”
A similar date won’t happen for 88 years, when 01/01/01 rolls around.