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Swapped at birth times two

The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá:
After a hospital error, two pairs of Colombian identical twins were raised as two pairs of fraternal twins. This is the story of how they found one another — and of what happened next.
A fascinating and improbable tale of coincidence, family, class, and genetics. [SLNYT]
posted by mr. manager on Jul 9, 2015 - 12 comments

The Top 20 Photos from 50 Births

'Photographer Leilani Rogers feels watching a baby come into this world is a "heavenly experience," and along her way to capturing 50 births she’s witnessed tender moments as well as seen things that are extraordinary and unusual. Take a look at her personal selection of favorite photos.' (Note: vivid images) [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Apr 9, 2015 - 37 comments

The Secret Language of Tennis Champions

How identical twins Mike and Bob Bryan serve science.
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 16, 2015 - 4 comments

Found: The Oldest Known Maternal Death During Childbirth

Prehistoric Grave May Be Earliest Example of Death During Childbirth "It might be a bit circumstantial, but I think it's quite strong," Lieverse said of her interpretation. She added that there has been very little postmortem shifting of the bones found at Lokomotiv, and everything is in place on the mother, even her ribs and little bones in her hands. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Feb 6, 2015 - 8 comments

not to be too Lindsay Lohan

In London in 2012, aspiring French fashion designer Anais Bordier was shown a YouTube video starring Samantha Futerman, an American actress who looked spookily like her. Some investigation revealed that the two were both Korean adoptees born in the same port town on the same day. Anais reached out to Samantha on Facebook - and everything changed. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 13, 2014 - 46 comments


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.
posted by gman on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 comments

"Mirror twins are the ultimate twins. Fuck all you other twins."

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]
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 23, 2013 - 383 comments

Miracle twins

Amy and Katie, the twins born 87 days apart - after mother's contractions simply stopped.
posted by CrazyLemonade on May 2, 2013 - 41 comments

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.

The best demonstration of putting newborn twins in a Moby wrap.
posted by daisystomper on Jul 14, 2012 - 58 comments

this is not a double post

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]
posted by zarq on Dec 19, 2011 - 89 comments

Long hair, beards... That's not the face of the resistance!

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.
posted by elgilito on Oct 24, 2011 - 2 comments

The Ethics of Selective Reduction

The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy. (SLNYT article on selective reduction) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 12, 2011 - 166 comments

#FF @frendfromhs just meeee hahahahaha

You know that one Friend From High School? She just found you on twitter.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 5, 2011 - 155 comments

Conjoined Twins Share Their Story

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.
posted by GnomeChompsky on Jul 21, 2011 - 45 comments

The Widower Effect

I can’t live if living is without you. The Widower Effect. Also: Twins edition. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 6, 2011 - 43 comments

Krista and Tatiana Hogan turning 4.5

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.
posted by Blasdelb on May 26, 2011 - 42 comments

Long Live The Killer

"The Killer," Harmon Killebrew, a slugger for the Minnesota Twins (formerly Washington Senators) has died today at 74. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on May 17, 2011 - 33 comments

Somewhere on the spectrum between disturbing and cute

A video has been making the rounds of twin babies having a little conversation. Patton Oswalt and Michael Chiklis recreate the scene (mostly) detail for detail.
posted by codacorolla on Apr 9, 2011 - 50 comments

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared

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 there
posted by growabrain on Mar 28, 2011 - 43 comments

The Twins Who Share A Brain

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.
posted by jpdoane on Nov 5, 2010 - 43 comments

doublin down on new style hip hop with Les Twins

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.
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 17, 2010 - 15 comments


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.
posted by shakespeherian on Aug 16, 2010 - 11 comments

Twice as good as your usual flickr time machine.

Introducing - Maurine & Noreene. The mystery solved.
posted by prefpara on Feb 15, 2009 - 5 comments

Jon & Kate Plus 8: raising twins and sextuplets on reality TV

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.
posted by jaimev on Jun 6, 2008 - 81 comments

You look familiar.

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]
posted by granted on Jun 1, 2008 - 28 comments

Double Exposure

The Arbus Twins (and other subjects), 40 years later.
posted by Brittanie on Sep 28, 2007 - 18 comments


Twin Days. Portraits and snapshots from the annual Twin Days in Twinsburg, Ohio. (Other multiples permitted.)
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 15, 2007 - 15 comments

I would have liked to have known you/But I hate the Twins

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, 2, 3) And the Boyfriends. Yesterday, she ended the blog to spend more time with her young son. She will be missed.
posted by dw on May 24, 2007 - 16 comments

working together

How can you have a normal life when you have to share your body with a conjoined twin? Some do remarkably well
posted by petsounds on Feb 17, 2007 - 45 comments

"This sister of mine, a dark shadow robbing me of sunlight, is my one and only torment."

The strange story of June and Jennifer Gibbons.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Dec 29, 2006 - 9 comments

Seeing double or worse

Twincerely yours .... Specialising in single malts.
posted by johnny7 on Mar 21, 2006 - 37 comments

Kirby Puckett, RIP

Kirby Puckett has died at the age of 44 after suffering a stroke.
posted by billysumday on Mar 6, 2006 - 99 comments

Lespwa has returned

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]
posted by kalimac on Feb 16, 2006 - 13 comments

My name is Julius and I am your twin brother

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
posted by growabrain on May 26, 2005 - 27 comments

Folk the System!

Prussian Blue 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 and RaHoWa. Oh, and they're twelve-year-old twin girls. (via Vice.)
posted by fungible on Nov 10, 2004 - 37 comments

The basics for being.

Gene Stories. "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).
posted by lola on Sep 19, 2003 - 5 comments

Pregnant Boy

Boy pregnant with little brother. Well, sort of.
posted by xmutex on May 1, 2003 - 46 comments

Twins Reunite After 20 Years

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.
posted by Postroad on Mar 3, 2003 - 2 comments

Abigail and Brittany Hensel

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.
posted by kablam on Nov 11, 2002 - 22 comments

More conjoined twins.

More conjoined twins. Here's hoping they don't get abducted. NY Times link.
posted by swift on Aug 17, 2002 - 13 comments

Guatemalan girls go head to head

Guatemalan girls go head to head before 50 doctors try to pull them apart.
posted by swift on Aug 5, 2002 - 34 comments

World Series Champs Suffer Mid-Season Contraction?

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?
posted by subgenius on Jul 11, 2002 - 24 comments

Some twins share

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.
posted by dancu on Nov 12, 2001 - 17 comments

Conjoined twins separated.

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?
posted by Steven Den Beste on Apr 10, 2001 - 14 comments

Who do you root for when everyone's a villain?

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.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Mar 2, 2001 - 4 comments

Now this is really evil.

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.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 18, 2001 - 20 comments

Bulletproof teenage twins surrender!

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?
More inside.
posted by varmint on Jan 17, 2001 - 6 comments

Bad news for the Twins

Bad news for the Twins (I'll post a screenshot later in case they catch it.)
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Apr 28, 2000 - 6 comments

This is a great little story,

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.
posted by mathowie on Mar 23, 2000 - 0 comments

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