Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister were the victims of medical and genetic experiments at the hands of Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. She recently did an AMA on Reddit
Meet the ATL Twins
: two men who "share the same bed, wear matching outfits, only fuck the same girls, were both engaged to the same Penthouse Pet, and are both looking forward to marrying the same woman and fathering the same child." After Vice interviewed them in 2011 — "[T]hey literally finished each other’s sentences. Every sentence." — the twins achieved a certain notoriety, which led to Harmony Korine casting them in his 2013 film Spring Breakers
. Last July they gave an interview with GQ
, and Vice filmed a mini-documentary about their life [part 2; part 3]
earlier this year. [ALL LINKS STRONGLY NSFW]
Amy and Katie
, the twins born 87 days apart - after mother's contractions simply stopped.
How can we better understand the interplay of nature and nurture in determining our personalities, behavior, and vulnerability to disease? Perhaps we should be looking at identical twins
. (National Geographic January 2012 cover story) [more inside]
Tarzan and Arab are budding filmmakers from the Gaza strip
. The identical twins (who studied fine art
and photography) have never seen in a movie in a theater, or been in a gallery. In fact, until last month, they had never left Gaza. Inviting them to the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas
proved to be a "colourful journey", which is also the title of their short movie (trailer
) about Palestinian infighting. Short interview with the brothers
(includes tips about filming in Gaza). Longer interview
(about inspiration and hopes, includes the full short). Via AintItCool
, where additional info can be found about their current stay in the US.
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy. (SLNYT article on selective reduction) [more inside]
You know that one Friend From High School
? She just found you on twitter.
Stefan and Tyler are twins conjoined at the head.
These brothers both play the violin and have a form of high-functioning autism, but one is homosexual and the other is heterosexual
. You can watch a video of them here
I can’t live if living is without you. The Widower Effect.
Also: Twins edition. [more inside]
Krista Hogan and Tatiana Hogan are craniopagus conjoined twins joined at the top, backs, and sides of their heads who are astonishing researchers single page
(NYT) with their apparent extraordinary cognitive connection to each other. Since their parents decision not to separate them due to the extreme risks involved
, researchers have hoped that they could teach us more about how the brain works, and now they are old enough to tell us about it
"The Killer," Harmon Killebrew, a slugger for the Minnesota Twins
(formerly Washington Senators
) has died today at 74
. [more inside]
Twin baby boys have a conversation.
Beside music & how-to videos, politics, and whathaveyou, YouTube is an excellent conduit for cute home movies about baby twins (and triplets). Here’s another interaction
between twin siblings, here's some kissing
, some dancing
, some crying
, some more laughing
(here’s a clip with triplets
). So much more inside – you can search for the rest yourself
Tatiana and Krista Hogan are 4 year old twin girls who are joined at the head
. Amazingly, their brains are interconnected and share the thalamus, the section of the brain that is responsible for relaying physical sensation and motor function to the cerebral cortex. As a result, it is believed that they can experience one another’s sensations, including seeing though each other's eyes
Les Twins at 2010 World of Dance
- identical twins Laurent & Larry Bourgeois of Paris (aka Ca’ Blaze and Lil’ Beast of the Criminalz Crew) are turning heads among the b-boys and poppers for their creative "new style" dance moves and freestyle hiphop.
2010 dance battles: vs Bones+Pee Fly VS Laura+Boubou Flexing New Style Dance
; vs Old Future Crew
; vs MEENR and Russell aka Ironman, pt.1
; Part 2
2009: Phone Home
and Just Debout pre-selection Paris
; 2007: twins criminlaz
At World of Dance, Ruffian posts more background and more clips on Les Twins
FACTUM. To produce the series of works collectively titled FACTUM (2010), Candice Breitz conducted intensive interviews with seven pairs of identical twins and a single set of identical triplets in and around Toronto during the summer of 2009, footage from which she then edited seven dual-channel video installations (and one tri-channel video installation). Like Robert Rauschenberg's near-identical paintings FACTUM I and FACTUM II (both 1957), from which the series borrows its title, each interviewee in FACTUM is an imperfect facsimile of their twin: their apparent identicality is soon disrupted by a host of subtle differences. FACTUM KANG
, FACTUM TREMBLAY
, FACTUM MISERICORDIA
, FACTUM TANG
, FACTUM McNAMARA
You're a couple in your 20s, with twin girls. Desiring to have just one more child, your fertility treatments result in sextuplets
. You are the Gosselin
family and your reality TV show
is about to start a 4th season. You have your admirers
and of course, critics
Two Spanish women meet in their late twenties and realize that they're identical twins.
The hospital had accidentally swapped one with another random newborn, and each family had unknowingly taken home the wrong baby. Now all three women - the two actual twins, and the one fake twin - are suing the hospital, who seriously did not have their act together.
But there are all sorts of ways this could happen. For example... [more inside]
Twin Days. Portraits
from the annual Twin Days
in Twinsburg, Ohio. (Other multiples permitted
Requiem for a Bat Girl.
Three years ago, writer Anne Ursu
started a blog devoted to the Minnesota Twins
. Pretty much immediately she was lauded as one of the best baseball bloggers. And then came the Lego reenactments
. (Favorites: 1
) And the Boyfriends
. Yesterday, she ended the blog to spend more time with her young son. She will be missed
How can you have a normal life when you have to share your body
with a conjoined twin
? Some do remarkably well
Twincerely yours ....
Specialising in single malts.
Kirby Puckett has died
at the age of 44 after suffering a stroke.
On February 7th, 2006, Haiti had its first (nearly) bloodless, democratic election
Two years since Aristide fled to
South Africa (with the "help" of the US
), and twenty since Baby Doc Duvalier
was overthrown, and the bloody reign of the Duvaliers and the Tonton Macoute
were ended.[more inside]
Hundreds of twins
in group photos from a Twin Festival. Twins Days in Twinsburg, Ohio claims to be the world's largest annual gathering of twins
. Sarah Small's Photographs Twin Festivals
is a "white-power" band named after the color of the residue Zyklon-B leaves in a gas chamber. They do some originals, but mostly folk covers of neo-Nazi bands like Skrewdriver
Oh, and they're twelve-year-old twin girls.
. "If your parents kept on having children, they’d have to visit the maternity hospital another million billion times to stand a chance of producing another child with your genes" (unless you're an identical twin of course).
Twins Reunite After 20 Years
You need free registration to get this story but it is well worth the slight effort. Twins, adopted, born in Mexico, one becomes Catholic and the other Jewish. Both register at same college and meet up. A story that will warm your heart and, at the same time, perhaps tell us a bit about Nature and Nurture.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel
are in the 6th grade and continue to defy the odds. After the initial struggle with the personal pronoun (her? their?), one is left with both curiosity and sympathy. The greater issue is how to assimilate the truly miraculous.
More conjoined twins.
Here's hoping they don't get abducted. NY Times link.
Guatemalan girls go head to head
before 50 doctors try to pull them apart.
World Series Champs Suffer Mid-Season Contraction?
According to Bud Selig, one MLB team might not be able to make payroll next Monday, and another is experiencing cash-flow problems so severe it may not be able to finish the season. The Houston Chronicle
reported that Selig might have arranged to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks
and Tampa Bay Devil Rays alive financially this past winter. But now Selig says, "Major league baseball's credit lines are at the maximum," and "If a club can't make it, I have to let 'em go." Is it a coincidence that neither of these teams is the Minnesota Twins or Montreal Expos
? Does anybody care?
Some twins share
thoughts, dreams, clothes, but these two have shared sooo much more. Quite possibly the most bizarre thing I have seen in a while.
Conjoined twins separated.
But while that operation is always challenging, this one was particularly bad. The girls were joined at the top of the head
, and their brains were merged -- and shared common blood vessels. It took eight-eight hours
of surgery to separate them, most of which was spent rerouting blood vessels. Both girls survived the operation. This is only the sixth time this operation has been attempted and only the second time that it has succeeded. (Vertical craniopagus is, mercifully, exceedingly rare.)
The operation was only possible at all because the surgeons have spent the last four months practicing it with virtual-reality software on computers (presumably using models based on MRI). Anyone have any idea what software package they used?
Who do you root for when everyone's a villain?
It turns out that everyone
involved in the "Internet Twins
" fiasco is scum. Sure as hell the biological mother is (she gave the babies up twice
and now wants them back; I wouldn't trust her to care for my cat); the woman from the UK
is, and now the man in the US
is. A plague on all their houses.
Now the biological father, Aaron Wecker
, has begun proceedings to gain custody of the babies. I hope he isn't as despicable as everyone else involved. Let's hope this circus doesn't follow the girls around for the rest of their lives. If there's any sort of lesson in this, I wish someone would tell me what it is.
Now this is really evil.
A woman put her twin babies up for adoption through a "private agency" in California and the agency was paid by an American couple here who adopted them. Then after two months the biological mother asked for a chance for one last good-bye with the babies alone, was granted it, and delivered the babies to a British couple who had also paid the "agency", who then took them to Arkansas and adopted them there, and then returned to Wales. Now the biological mother says she wants them back. The American couple wants them back. The Welsh couple wants them, too. British authorities have taken them away and they're being cared for in foster care. Some judge is going to have a real problem. Probably the "agency", actually a woman working out of her home via a web site, is going to have legal problems -- quite possibly including criminal charges. Here's another account.
Bulletproof teenage twins surrender!
Johnny and Luther Htoo, leaders of a Myanmar rebel militia called God's Army, have surrendered to Thai authorities
(who apparently coaxed the boys out of the jungle with crackers). Are today's teens leading rebel armies too soon?
Bad news for the Twins
(I'll post a screenshot later in case they catch it.)
This is a great little story,
and one I can relate to. I've had several friends that I could have mistaken for long lost twins.