I’ve always been fascinated by twins. I mean, two people who (more often than not) talk the same way, walk the same way, look the same way, sometimes even the same way – it’s got to build a little intrigue in your head, right? But there’s way more to twins than just those little details.
1. Twins can have different biological fathers. How? Instead of releasing one egg a month, sometimes a woman may release two. These could be fertilized by two different male donors.
2. It’s possible for twins to be born months apart.
3. Twins are twice as likely to be left-handed, than individually born people.
4. It’s amazing but twins could be of different races, if the parents are of mixed race. This could happen due to the fertilizing egg and sperm having diverse gene pools.
5. The easiest way to tell twins apart is the belly button. Belly buttons are left due to the surgical removal of the umbilical cord. Consequently, each one is slightly unique.
6. Taller women have a higher chance of giving birth to twins.
7. Having twins could mean a longer life for the mother.
8. There is such a thing as a twin-inducing diet. Women who consume dairy products are more likely to have twins.
9. Twins, who have been separated at birth, are known to live very similar lives.
10. In the same vein, identical twins could be the perfect criminals. With the same DNA, an alibi would be easy to create!
11. Twins show signs of their bond in the womb.
12. Twins can be exact reflections of the other and are called Mirror Twins.
13. Some conjoined twins, who are joined at the head, share a part of the brain called the thalamus. The thalamus is the center of the brain that controls physical and motor functions. For twins that share a thalamus, it is possible for one to see through the other’s eyes and hear each other’s thoughts.
14. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints.
15 One town in Kerela is booming with twins.
16. Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher and Giselle Bundchen have lesser known twins Hunter Johansson, Michael Kutcher and Patricia Bundchen respectively.