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28 year old is still 7

A teacher of the 2nd grade was born on Febuary 29th (leap day). During a field trip to see an eclipse, he meets a 7 year old who claims to be his twin brother. They share adventures while trying to solve this mystery.
-- the great unknown, May 09 2007

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[nuclear hobo, May 09 2007]

Possible sub-plot: an angry mob of concerned parents is out for the teacher's blood.
-- theleopard, May 09 2007

What can a third grader teach? Funny things to say about poop?
-- Galbinus_Caeli, May 09 2007

Doesn't sound like a mystery to me.
-- hippo, May 09 2007

Could be...

A leper teacher in 3rd grade was born on Febuary 29th (leper day). During a field trip to see an eclispe, he meets a 7 year old leper who claims to be his twin leper brother. They share adventures and plasters while trying to solve this itchy, flakey mystery.
-- theleopard, May 09 2007

The teacher was born on leap day, so his birthday only happens every 4 years. A 28 year old would only had 7 birthdays. 2nd grade is where 7 years old children go to learn. His twin shows up as a 7 year old. I could do it as 32/8/3, 36/9/4 or 40/10/5.

The mystery is how can a kid show up over 2 decades later and never aged? Instead of an angry mob, scientists or government agents would be after them for experiments, etc.

I added the eclipse for drama: Columbus' tale of scaring islanders with one happens on February 29. I thought having actors born on leap day play guest shots, like Dennis Farina.
-- the great unknown, May 10 2007

just dreadful.
-- jonthegeologist, May 10 2007

We get the premise [tgu], it's just not a very good one. Hence the gentle ribbing.
-- theleopard, May 10 2007

I don't get it - how do the vagaries of the Roman calendar affect the aging process? It's almost as if someone's biological age is defined by an arbitrary method of correcting for the non integer ratio between the time it takes for the earth to revolve about its own axis, and the time it takes for it to revolve around the sun.
-- zen_tom, May 10 2007

Maybe the seven-year-old was kidnapped by a superduper ram jet as an infant, and it really has nothing to do with leap year at all.
-- nomocrow, May 10 2007

How about a 4th teacher has an affair with a student. After the made for tv court- room drama we discover that the teacher was in fact born on leap day therefore only seven, meaning the crime still not legal, is not statutory rape. In fact the student gets charged as he is a year older and closer to consenting age.
-- ColonelMuffins, May 10 2007

But that would just be really, really stupid
-- hippo, May 10 2007

//They share adventures while trying to solve this mystery.//

How many adventures can they share in 30 seconds? And what happens then?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, May 10 2007

That's the weird, X-file-ish part of the story, Zen, is how some man made calendar causes this twist in nature. You may recall that Y2K caused uproar beyond the computer glitch, but that was as "arbitrary" as my premise. At least this is fiction.

CM, keep in mind that the kid is his own twin brother *EW EW incest EW* even if both parties are 7 YO it may still be illegal

MB I don't know how you got 30 seconds out of this. Most shows are at least 30 MINUTES, and they could have running storylines throughout the series.
-- the great unknown, May 11 2007

Sort of Brigadoon, but with calendars.
-- bungston, May 11 2007

My point was that they are meant to be sharing adventure *while* they solve this deep, deep mystery. Unless they are both drunk, duntish or under the age of three, it can't plausibly take them longer than 30 seconds to solve this christmas-cracker puzzle.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, May 11 2007

Get Reese Witherspoon to act in this and I'd watch it.
-- phundug, May 11 2007

\\That's the weird, X-file-ish part of the story\\ I think you're giving this more credit than it's worth. It seems much more like Life On Mars. Entertaining for an episode or so, until you realise that the creator is actually serious about it.
-- hidden truths, May 11 2007

The age "paradox" has been done--from Gilbert and Sullivan's _The_Pirates_of_Penzance_ in 1879:

"King: For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I've no desire to be disloyal, Some person in authority, I don't know who, very likely the Astronomer Royal, Has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February, twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty, One year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty. Through some singular coincidence-- I shouldn't be surprised if it were owing to the agency of an ill-natured fairy-- You are the victim of this clumsy arrangement, having been born in leap-year, on the twenty-ninth of February; And so, by a simple arithmetical process, you'll easily discover, That though you've lived twenty-one years, yet, if we go by birthdays, you're only five and a little bit over!"
-- baconbrain, May 11 2007

Freaky, maybe the 28 year old was born at 12:00 am on March 1, while the 7 year old was born at 11:59 pm on February 29. But the 28 year old was the one who was hijacked by aliens and taken aboard a super duper ramjet that exceeded the speed of light and traveled around the universe back to earth again, making him 7 years old again. Then he got a job as a 7 year old teaching 2nd graders about intersteller travel, and one day when showing them something cool about eclipses he bumped into his younger brother who looked 28 years old by that time but was really only 7 as well.
-- quantum_flux, Nov 25 2007

A year is 365 days and because of the leap day everyones positional birthday , day of birth rememberance per year , constantly increments . People would have to tell other people of their day because of no simple position to remember . Date of birth would still hold though .
-- wjt, Nov 27 2007

It was because the 7 yr old came from a parallel universe where their Earth moves at only 1/4 the velocity of our Earth, and irony is totally unknown. ; )
-- Bdsman64, Jun 24 2009

//parallel universe ...irony is totally unknown//
Because they don't have supernovae?
-- TolpuddleSartre, Jun 24 2009

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