Twins on MeFi? April 15, 2010 2:33 PM   Subscribe

So I was reading that highly contentious cilantro thread, and I noticed that The Potate mentioned that he had a twin brother. Well I have a twin brother! And it got me thinking that we've never discussed how much twin action we have on the 'Filter.
So, twins! Pipe up! Is your twin on Metafilter too? (mine is) Are you identical? Fraternal? This weird genetic happenstance needs attention!
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew to MetaFilter-Related at 2:33 PM (124 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Just as a note, i'm normally not very GUNG HO TWINZ, but I figured a little enthusiasm might prompt a better response rate.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 2:34 PM on April 15, 2010


Wolowitz: How's it feel to get beaten up by a girl?
Sheldon: It's not the first time. I have a twin sister whose assaults began in utero. If only I'd had the presence of mind to absorb her. Then I'd have a mole with hair in it, instead of a tedious yearly Christmas letter.

I don't have a twin, but I just love that line so much!
posted by crossoverman at 2:43 PM on April 15, 2010 [22 favorites]


My fiancée is a twin. She doesn't use MeFi though. Neither does her twin sibling.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 2:48 PM on April 15, 2010


My twin has a goatee, and he doesn't post on Metafilter because he's rich and popular and actually has a life.
posted by crunchland at 2:58 PM on April 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


I used to have one of them encapsulated fetal twin thingies in my head 'til my brain up and ate it.
Twins are creepy, inside or outside.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:11 PM on April 15, 2010


My twin has a goatee, and he doesn't post on Metafilter because he's rich and popular and actually has a life.

um, don't you know that the goatee makes him your evil twin?
posted by found missing at 3:17 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I thought Brandon Blacher might be my twin, but I checked and we're safe.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:17 PM on April 15, 2010


This thread is not what comes to my mind when I read the words "twin action".
posted by Think_Long at 3:23 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


So I was reading that highly contentious cilantro thread,

Only on MeFi could there be a 'highly contentious' thread about an herb that isn't marijuana.

As far as twins go, there's two of me. That's how I post so much. Don't tell Pips.
posted by jonmc at 3:24 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


My toddlers are twins. :)
posted by zarq at 3:24 PM on April 15, 2010 [11 favorites]


I am an identical twin. My brother, with whom I am close, is not a mefite.
posted by longsleeves at 3:24 PM on April 15, 2010


I am an identical twin.
posted by longsleeves


Well, and garment would need two matching sleeves, dude.
posted by jonmc at 3:27 PM on April 15, 2010


Cute shorties, zarq.
posted by heyho at 3:33 PM on April 15, 2010


um, don't you know that the goatee makes him your evil twin?

Not necessarily
, found missing.
posted by crunchland at 3:37 PM on April 15, 2010


I am not a twin, but my aunts are. I'm one of those rare people who have no problem telling identical twins apart. I always know which one is which.
posted by TooFewShoes at 3:42 PM on April 15, 2010


Thanks, heyho! :)
posted by zarq at 3:42 PM on April 15, 2010


I'm a twin!

Ach, the questions we twins frequently get:
Q: What's it like being a twin?
A: What's it like not being a twin?

Q: Do you have like, ya' know, have those telepathic links with your twin.
A: Actually, yes.

Q: Did you guys have your own secret toddler language?
A: Uh, yes...according to our parents.
What other questions am I forgetting?
posted by ericb at 3:50 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd like to hear from erica
posted by found missing at 3:54 PM on April 15, 2010 [39 favorites]


What other questions am I forgetting?

Q: So are you really identical?

Q: Ever pretended to be your brother in order to bang his girlfriend?

Q: Can your parents tell you apart?

Q: OMG do you coordinate your outfits?

Q: Which one is the evil one lol?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:56 PM on April 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


What other questions am I forgetting?

My favorite question so far has been, "Are your twins identical or fraternal?"

They're brother and sister.

Fortunately, I have a good response to that. Unfortunately, no one gets it. :P
posted by zarq at 4:01 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Miguel Cardoso is my twin.
posted by carsonb at 4:02 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I used to have one of them encapsulated fetal twin thingies in my head 'til my brain up and ate it.

Do you know who else has an encapsulated twin? Navel oranges. And they're delicious, and seedless.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:13 PM on April 15, 2010 [7 favorites]


You're my twin. Each and every one of you.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:35 PM on April 15, 2010


What other questions am I forgetting?
Can you tell each other apart?
posted by fish tick at 4:39 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST TRIPLETS?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:40 PM on April 15, 2010


I'm not a twin (as far as I know, but there's a mysteriously never used attic in my parents' house) but I happen to be listening the band Twin Sister (Lady Daydream, if anyone cares).
posted by Kattullus at 4:43 PM on April 15, 2010


Meatboma, meatbomc, meatbomd... (credit to found missing)
posted by edgeways at 4:44 PM on April 15, 2010


Twins are nature's sockpuppets.
posted by qvantamon at 4:49 PM on April 15, 2010 [18 favorites]


What other questions am I forgetting? Can you tell each other apart?

Of course, we can.
posted by ericb at 4:49 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can you tell each other apart?

growing up we had 5 kids living with us - foster kids - 2 of them were twins (and red heads, and boys, and 5 years old - they were a HANDFUL). one day one of the twins was acting sort of strange all day - off - he just wasn't responding to things like he usually did. then sometime around dinner he comes rushing out of the bathroom yelling, "i'm not Chris! i'm Owen!"

he'd spent the entire day thinking he was the other twin and he figured it out when he looked in the mirror.
posted by nadawi at 4:54 PM on April 15, 2010 [27 favorites]


Twins are nature's sockpuppets.
posted by qvantamon

So, It's Raining Florence Henderson, kettle, pot, etc., is/are octuplets?
posted by Cranberry at 4:56 PM on April 15, 2010


What other questions am I forgetting?

"Twins, huh? So... muttermuttermuttermutter?"

"Sorry, what?"

"Uh, howaboutathreesome?"
posted by CKmtl at 4:57 PM on April 15, 2010


Am I the only one who is disappointed that The Esteemed Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's twin's username is not Beaker?
posted by shmegegge at 5:24 PM on April 15, 2010 [12 favorites]


If we flame you, does your twin get upset?
posted by klangklangston at 5:28 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've got a fraternal twin, but he's not on here.
posted by kylej at 5:30 PM on April 15, 2010


I'm a guy and I have a twin sister. You'd be surprised how many times people ask if we're identical
posted by KokuRyu at 5:34 PM on April 15, 2010


(and red heads, and boys, and 5 years old - they were a HANDFUL)

I smell the nascent simmerings of righteous indignation by foul tempered red-headed MeFites.
posted by fish tick at 5:35 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wish I was a redhead.
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:37 PM on April 15, 2010


Holy macaroni! Those zarq twins are adorable. (Also Twins of Zarq would be a great band name, so please go get them some wee guitars.)
posted by jrossi4r at 5:43 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm a twin, too! Fraternal sister, doesn't look a thing like me. And my husband's brothers are twins. We're fucked if we ever decide to have kids...
posted by LN at 5:54 PM on April 15, 2010


Ooh I'm an identical twin! he's not a Mefite though despite my efforts.

"Are you guys identical?" (yes)

"No, like, really identical, or you just look alike?" (really identical)

"So, uh, if I like, punch you, will he feel it? huhuhuh" (oh how clever)
posted by PercussivePaul at 6:16 PM on April 15, 2010


twins for the win!! granted is my fraternal twin sister. there's nothing like a twin.

well, except another twin.
posted by changeling at 6:22 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


What other questions am I forgetting?

Q Where's your other brother?
A I only have one.

Q Did ya ever switch girlfriends?
A I'm gay.

Fun fact: My Mother did not know she was having twins. She never had a sonogram and the obstetrician told her my brother's head was my ass. As a result my parents only had one name ready and since I was first out, my brother was named after the doctor.
posted by longsleeves at 6:23 PM on April 15, 2010


this is my twin and I trying our best to look like twins.

when we were little, I (on the left) was blond, and she had dark hair. people liked to point it out to us. so we started to finish their monologue. "and I have hazel eyes. and she has blue eyes. and I'm short. and she's tall." etc.

we switched at puberty. now I'm the taller one. YAY ME
posted by changeling at 6:25 PM on April 15, 2010


This thread is not what comes to my mind when I read the words "twin action".
posted by Think_Long at 4:23 PM on April 15


I'm Mrs. The Potate. I have a running (joke/egging-on/annoying thing?) with both The Potate and Etatop Eht. I think they should do porn. I think there is an untapped market for high quality, well produced male twincest. It would appeal to so many demographics! I always end it my joke with "We could live in a mansion!" They aren't amused.

Here's a cute picture of them when they were younger. posted with full permission, and yes it goes to facebook. It's not that hard to figure out who we are, anyway.
posted by lizjohn at 6:33 PM on April 15, 2010


"Uh, howaboutathreesome?"

My two best friends from high school are gay twin guys, and you should hear some of the rude stuff that dudes say to them when they go out.

(I have been asked if I was their triplet sister, cause, yeah, we look kind of alike, but it doesn't really count, I guess. Makes me sad. Wish I had twin superpowers!)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:38 PM on April 15, 2010


Another fraternal twin here and no, my sis ain't here.



She gets her MeFi fix via our twin telepathic connection.
posted by Atreides at 6:43 PM on April 15, 2010


Stynxno is an identical twin. His brother is not here.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:45 PM on April 15, 2010


Who the fuck is "changeling"???
posted by granted at 6:57 PM on April 15, 2010 [7 favorites]


Who the fuck is "changeling"???

asshole.

don't make me whip out the anteater photo, I'll do it, god help me I will
posted by changeling at 7:05 PM on April 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


We helps you too. Let's see it!
posted by carsonb at 7:15 PM on April 15, 2010


You already posted a photo without consulting me and now there's a photo of me on Metafilter with tweaked-looking eyebrows, which I promised myself would never happen. Anyway, for every embarrassing picture you have of me, I have one of you. That's the whole basis for the standard twin peace treaty.
posted by granted at 7:15 PM on April 15, 2010 [6 favorites]


no one noticed your eyebrows until you said that
posted by changeling at 7:16 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


...Let's drop this.
posted by granted at 7:20 PM on April 15, 2010


why is there no love in your heart for me, we shared a womb, you never call
posted by changeling at 7:21 PM on April 15, 2010 [7 favorites]


Granted, did you change your hair or something?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:26 PM on April 15, 2010


Great, now I will never be able to eat navel oranges again without picturing freaky absorbed twins.
posted by Justinian at 7:29 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


O_o

O_o
posted by gman at 7:35 PM on April 15, 2010


Well. This thread got freaky in a hurry.
posted by zarq at 7:36 PM on April 15, 2010


Was that the first recorded instance of MeTa Twin Grar®?
posted by Mister_A at 7:38 PM on April 15, 2010


My twin is someone else. Not a Mefite. We were identical until puberty; now not so much. This is a very good thing (not that he's ugly or anything, and I sure am not , but it is still a good thing.)!
posted by Some1 at 7:38 PM on April 15, 2010


OMG people HAMBURGER HAMBURGER
posted by granted at 7:41 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


We were identical until puberty; now not so much.

Wait, what?
posted by granted at 7:44 PM on April 15, 2010


Is that like a twin hamburger? A double-double burger like they say at in-n-out?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:44 PM on April 15, 2010


My sister is a vegetarian so I get two.
posted by granted at 7:53 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


Since I was mentioned, I'll post.

In humans, fraternal twins aren't very rare, and IVF multiples are making them less so. I wish there was a simple word that we identical twins could use to properly distinguish us from the imitation imitations. "Monozygotic" doesn't really roll off the tongue, especially since most people require it to be explained to them.

As twin-ness goes, MZ FTW.

Also, not a weird question, but similar. I won't say this is universal, but I bet my brother and I aren't the only twins to ever think this: EVERYBODY knows twins. Especially after you've stopped to pester us, we don't really care to hear that your mom/dad/cousins/nieces/nephews/French teachers/grandparents/grandkids/aunt/best friend/worst enemy/sisters/brothers is/are (a) twin(s). If you're not a twin, your comparatively distant relationship with twins probably isn't worth mentioning to a real twin (especially if that real twin is an MZ).
posted by The Potate at 7:53 PM on April 15, 2010


granted, I think The Potate just called us imitation twins.
posted by changeling at 7:56 PM on April 15, 2010 [4 favorites]


the monozygotics are just trying to distract us while they build their clone army.
posted by granted at 8:05 PM on April 15, 2010 [16 favorites]


Actually we're just jealous. Where dizygotics are interesting, monozygotics are plain creepy.

If Etatop Eht and I both have kids, they (cousins, by relationship) will be as genetically close as half siblings.
posted by The Potate at 8:11 PM on April 15, 2010


Question for fellow twins: Do you refer to your twin sibling as "twin brother/sister" or just "brother/sister"? I've always said "brother."
posted by The Potate at 8:15 PM on April 15, 2010


You people without twins are the weird ones.
posted by Stynxno at 8:16 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


What if these hypothetical cousins have the same mother? As close as siblings? What if this hypothetical mother had a mz twin sister? And no one know who was who?
posted by lizjohn at 8:18 PM on April 15, 2010


*hem* It's been 5 days since this announcement. And as unofficial head of the 'Honeymoon Utilization Committee,' I suggest that, for the next three days, we respond to all posts and comments by Stynxno and ThePinkSuperhero with the phrase "Why are you still on here?? Get back to the honeymoon you two!"

Kidding of course. If MeFi had existed when we were on our honeymoon, I'd probably have been back on it by day three.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:20 PM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


granted, you are exactly correct. Please excuse/ignore me while I pester my MZ MF (monozygotice metafilterer) to actually show up in this threead, and then start an MZMF army.

It's not quite the KISS army, but it's the same number of letters. So there's a start, anyway.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 8:23 PM on April 15, 2010


Especially after you've stopped to pester us, we don't really care to hear that your mom/dad/cousins/nieces/nephews/French teachers/grandparents/grandkids/aunt/best friend/worst enemy/sisters/brothers is/are (a) twin(s). If you're not a twin, your comparatively distant relationship with twins probably isn't worth mentioning to a real twin (especially if that real twin is an MZ).

Perhaps being a parent of twins is different than the actual experience of being one... and perhaps the fact that my kids are fraternal and not identical matters in such situations, although honestly I don't think it does at all... or perhaps this is an aspect of being a first time parent.... but I have to say that as a parent of fraternal twins, I find it nice when people open up to me and tell them that they're a twin themselves. If it feels appropriate, (and I tend to be somewhat shy IRL, so this doesn't exactly happen consistently,) I'll ask a question or two and often even learn something.

It was from several such conversations that I learned to pay careful attention to my kids' separation anxieties from each other, which I can see are probably more pronounced in twins than non-twin siblings. And I also learned to be on the lookout for collaborative playtime behavior. And to watch how they soothe each other when they're upset. And how they swap foods they don't like with each other for ones they do. I don't have any other kids, and I'm an only child. Those behaviors might be common to any siblings. But as a parent, I've found the helpful advice given to me by self-identified twins for raising my kids rather invaluable.

Just to be clear, I don't hound people for advice, or pester them as exotics. But my experience with both fraternal and identical twins I've met has been that mentioning that my children are fraternal twins has initiated interesting discussions, rather than indifference.
posted by zarq at 8:24 PM on April 15, 2010 [5 favorites]


jrossi4r, thanks. :)

They've taken to singing to each other in their cribs at night, which (yes, yes, I'm biased) is pretty much the cutest thing ever. Perhaps they don't even need guitars to start that band.... :)
posted by zarq at 8:27 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


We were identical until puberty; now not so much.

Wait, what?


Yeah, well it happened. Even our sister, to say nothing of older brother, sometimes couldn't tell us apart until we were twelve. Then I got three inches taller and heavier. He lost his hair sooner (I insist I still haven't caught up), and et c. Maybe we were half-twins, but that's rare if they exist at all. More likely just weird twist of environment and timing of growth spurts (Hmmm, that was right when we got our own rooms for the first time.)

I'd post pictures but in our family the oldest girl inherits all of those, and ours didn't have the kind of life that makes holding on to things easy.
posted by Some1 at 8:48 PM on April 15, 2010


also, here are two pictures of me and the twin twinnin' it up. For educational purposes or something.

that first picture is me in the middle of shaving his head after he lost a bet.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 8:55 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh and to answer your question, The Potate, my go-to is "my brother."
"oh, yeah, we're twins" generally comes out, but it is not what I refer to him as.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 9:05 PM on April 15, 2010


My twins are pretty adorable too. I can't believe how often I say "They're identical" and get "So, a boy and a girl?" in response...
posted by togdon at 9:17 PM on April 15, 2010 [9 favorites]


I once glued 3 year old twins together to play circus.
posted by dirty lies at 9:33 PM on April 15, 2010


togdon, they're truly adorable! :D
posted by zarq at 9:40 PM on April 15, 2010


I have no idea what your are talking about - this is an absurd cal-lout and I want it to stop. We could be solving real problems here people, not whittling away on nothing. Sheesh. I just don't don't get you people,
posted by The Bizzaro Whelk at 10:04 PM on April 15, 2010


this isn't as fun without daniel
posted by The Whelk at 10:07 PM on April 15, 2010


This is about Twin Peaks isn't it? I never liked that show. I dated an identical twin for a few months. I was never sure who was who, so I just assumed it was the one I was dating. Then, when I finally could tell them apart, the other one broke up with me.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:14 PM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I have an identical twin sister. She's not on Metafilter, but she lurks occasionally.

What other questions am I forgetting?

"Are you guys twins?"
posted by extramundane at 10:40 PM on April 15, 2010


Last year at this time I weighed enough to be my own mono-container set of twins, does that count?
posted by maxwelton at 1:25 AM on April 16, 2010


"Are you guys twins?"

I'm not a twin, but my sister and I look similar enough that we used to get that question. It really pissed her off when we were teenagers and she felt her two year advantage ought to be more obvious. The best time was when, after saying 'no, we're two years apart', the random stranger guessed that I was the older one.
posted by jacalata at 1:26 AM on April 16, 2010


You and your damn MZMF army. You know full well that a) I live in Italy right now and b) Dad is in town and c) I have a project due in a week. SO SLOW YOUR ROLL.
posted by daniel striped tiger at 3:06 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


For our first year or so on this site, we shared TEDBH (I say share; I'm sure he will say that I used his account to lurk and post questions to Ask). I would dictate a comment here and there, point out threads he should post in, and generally act as an alternate Mefite. Alternate as in, if he got into a flame war and died, I would be honor bound to step into the account and defend the family name!
I just felt the need to come clean there.
(Also, all those favorites I earned you? I want 'em back.)
posted by daniel striped tiger at 3:16 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just gave you two of your precious precious favorites back.
and don't give me that wah wah I have a life nonsense.
MZMF ARMEE
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 3:42 AM on April 16, 2010


I have a twin sister. She does not use MetaFilter.
posted by ORthey at 5:09 AM on April 16, 2010


Reptile has a non-identical twin who is a lurker (not sure if she has an account.)
posted by cobaltnine at 5:27 AM on April 16, 2010


Zarq: I definitely didn't mean to sound as if I thought parents of twins are pesterers. Sorry that I gave that impression. Especially for the first several years, you fine folks are the pestered. I meant to say "unless you're a twin or a parent/caregiver of a twin." I, myself, will stop and bother look-alikes if I have reason to believe they might be twins, but I've earned that right. So have you.

I have some formative memories that led me towards sour grapes for those who want to share unduly in the twin glory without having borne the burden that comes with it.

Until we were about three or four, our mom dressed us up in analogous outfits. At that point, it was mostly just easier for everyone that I always wore blue and Brother always wore red. One day, just a week into preschool, Mom dropped in early to pick us up. As we left, one of the teachers decided it would be a great idea that everyone shouted, chorus style, "Bye Red One and Blue One!" We never went back. And from then on, the only time we wore our stupid matching outfits was when we went to visit extended family.

Our family outings into public were always ordeals. It was common to have half a dozen (Seriously. Lines would form.) or more strangers approach us at the grocery store to ask if we were twins and share their relationships with twins. All the time we got, "Well, you know, twins run in our family, and my niece is pregnant, so of course, we're all just praying for 'double trouble,' you know?" This wasn't a rare isolated incident. These were daily life.

Did any other MeFi twins not have their very own underwear or socks until their teenage years?Any other twins grow up during the peak of the DoubleMint Twin era?

Yeah, it's fun since we're older. It just had unique challenges, and my parents were very busy, somewhat inept folks who didn't have nearly the resources that exist now.

I'm nearly successful in getting Brother to come out of teh lurk. I think the possibility of joining an MZMF army might be enough to push him over the edge.
posted by The Potate at 6:23 AM on April 16, 2010


Well, I'm liking Target Field, and Liriano seems to be performing. 7-3 is a solid start to the season.

...

Wait, what?
posted by zamboni at 6:55 AM on April 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


My twins are pretty adorable too.

I, for one, welcome our new adorable Talosian overlords!
posted by octobersurprise at 7:18 AM on April 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


The Potate: "In humans, fraternal twins aren't very rare, and IVF multiples are making them less so."

The Potate: "EVERYBODY knows twins"

The twin birth rate in the United States in 2004-6 (I can't find any more recent numbers, but I'm betting it hasn't changed significantly in the past five years) was about 32/1,000 deliveries, and the monozygotic twin birth rate is about 3 per thousand. Considering that over a lifetime, the average person knows probably hundreds of people well enough to learn this fact about them (not only friends and family, but co-workers and classmates and MeFites), I wouldn't be surprised if the average person knows several sets of twins.

Why the hell isn't there research on this?

zamboni: "Well, I'm liking Target Field, and Liriano seems to be performing. 7-3 is a solid start to the season. "

Goddamn you guys. I thought we picked up Beltre for his defensive skills. What, did you butter the balls?

posted by Plutor at 7:29 AM on April 16, 2010


Seeing Liriano's return to 2006 form was NOT the birthday present I had in mind. The same can be said for a career game for Nick Punto. Point being: We'd better feast on charred Devil Rays this weekend.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:05 AM on April 16, 2010


I'd like to hear from erica
posted by found missing at 6:54 PM on April 15


Check with ericc in the MeFi triplets thread.
posted by ellenaim at 8:21 AM on April 16, 2010


I'll never forget when an old boss said the following to a group of us (to excuse himself from a meeting early):

"It's my twin sister's birthday." Uh?

Of course, he was actually saying,

"It's my twin sisters' birthday."
posted by Pax at 8:39 AM on April 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


Actually, I'm a Sox fan- any appearances to the contrary is just for the yuks. I like Target Field because it's not the HeftyDome.

And now Cameron has a kidney stone? This week isn't going well.

posted by zamboni at 9:19 AM on April 16, 2010


At least it helps clear the way for Bill Hall to set a major league record by committing an error at every position.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:37 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm an identical twin. Which of us is the evil one remains an open question.
posted by Space Kitty at 10:29 AM on April 16, 2010


oh! One of my cohorts looks enough like me that we asked if we're brothers - which is super funny cause my own real life brother is like 6'4, olive-skinned and trim and I am ...not.
posted by The Whelk at 10:36 AM on April 16, 2010


You're my twin. Each and every one of you.


you stole my line, must be the telepathy


*and quit looking at me like that*
posted by infini at 10:54 AM on April 16, 2010


Goddamn you guys. I thought we picked up Beltre for his defensive skills. What, did you butter the balls?

Speaking of Adrien Beltre and buttered balls...and of formerly identical twins, perhaps...
posted by Balonious Assault at 11:22 AM on April 16, 2010


Zarq: I definitely didn't mean to sound as if I thought parents of twins are pesterers. Sorry that I gave that impression.

No worries. Thanks for clarifying! :)

Especially for the first several years, you fine folks are the pestered.

Very, very true!

I meant to say "unless you're a twin or a parent/caregiver of a twin." I, myself, will stop and bother look-alikes if I have reason to believe they might be twins, but I've earned that right. So have you.

I should have also mentioned last night that my wife and I do get pestered an awful lot. Kind, brief comments about how cute my kids are is always nice. Asking if they're twins is fine. Grilling me about them as if they are a sideshow is really, really not okay. Asking me if they're psychic is completely not okay. I try to respond politely, but I really don't like the question, which has become a pet peeve of mine. I had to grow up and take on a lot of responsibility at a young age, and one of the few cardinal rules I have for myself as a parent is I'm going to try my best to make sure my kids aren't forced into the same situation. They're only going to get one chance to be kids, and I'd like them to enjoy it. The "psychic" question strikes me as an attempt by folks to cast my kids in a role they think they should take on, rather than seeing them for who they are. It's annoying at best, and disrespectful at worse. Don't turn my kids into a curious oddity for your own amusement, please.

And yes, my kids do talk to each other in their own secret language. It sounds like total gibberish, but they understand each other perfectly. As their parent, it's fun to listen to and watch. But I rarely mention it to people, for the same reason I don't like the "psychic" question.

Until we were about three or four, our mom dressed us up in analogous outfits. At that point, it was mostly just easier for everyone that I always wore blue and Brother always wore red. One day, just a week into preschool, Mom dropped in early to pick us up. As we left, one of the teachers decided it would be a great idea that everyone shouted, chorus style, "Bye Red One and Blue One!" We never went back. And from then on, the only time we wore our stupid matching outfits was when we went to visit extended family.

Ugh. That sucks. I'm sorry. People need to be seen and treated as individuals. Especially kids. :(

Did any other MeFi twins not have their very own underwear or socks until their teenage years?Any other twins grow up during the peak of the DoubleMint Twin era?

Thankfully it's far easier to avoid that with a boy and girl!

But I sympathize. It must have been frustrating. :(
posted by zarq at 11:31 AM on April 16, 2010


My college dorm has a little alcove of trashy romance novels and some Sweet Valley High books and other assorted pulp fiction trashy books. I read the Sweet Valley High ones, and ever since then, I've been disappointed whenever I can tell identical twins apart. I thought the whole advantage of having someone who looked like you was to wreak havoc and pull pranks and generally run amok. Also, to play board games like Pictionary or Win, Lose, or Draw professionally and make a lot of money.
posted by anniecat at 11:49 AM on April 16, 2010


My toddlers are twins. :)
So are mine.
posted by candyland at 5:06 PM on April 16, 2010


I am an identical twin, with my sister blueloggy (she has an account but never comments). We are, in fact, fairly magical. You should be jealous.

(We were also color-coded when we were toddlers, I wore red, she wore blue. For years afterwards I would never want to wear red. But I don't blame my parents, without the color coding I would never be able to tell us apart in old photos. We were really identical.)
posted by chowflap at 8:51 PM on April 16, 2010


I'm an identical twin. My sister's not on Mefi.

Most annoying comment I get:
"Which one's older? You? Yeah, you can tell"

Like that whole 4 minutes made a huge difference.
posted by Kris10_b at 8:51 PM on April 16, 2010


My toddlers are twins. :)
So are mine.

AND superheroes? you are so. lucky.
posted by longsleeves at 9:02 PM on April 16, 2010


Togdon: Since my brother deprived me of O2 in utero, I keep forgetting to tell you how awesomely cute your twins are.

Zarq and anyone else who can use this: Our late father gave Bro and me a great answer to the "Are those things twins?" Question:
Tearfully--"No.--sniffle, sniffle--We used to be triplets. Waaaaah!"
posted by The Potate at 3:17 AM on April 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Actually, Late Dad swore we came up with that bit ourselves, but I doubt it.
posted by The Potate at 3:19 AM on April 17, 2010


One of my cohorts looks enough like me that we asked if we're brothers - which is super funny cause my own real life brother is like 6'4, olive-skinned and trim and I am ...not.

Whelk's just being modest.
posted by amicamentis at 7:12 AM on April 17, 2010


Two of my sons share the same birthday and month, four years apart. More than once at doctor appointments for vaccinations and such, the nurses said: "Oh! Are they twins?"

The older one has always stood at least 6 inches taller than the younger.
posted by double block and bleed at 12:05 PM on April 17, 2010


Our two girls, born last September, are identical twins. I can attest to the relevancy of crossoverman's comment from seeing Heidi (two minutes older) stomp on her sister Frances' head on the ultrasound.
posted by werkzeuger at 4:33 PM on April 17, 2010


I have identical twin boys, age 9. They are not Mefites (yet), but their older brother sometimes reads threads over my shoulder or if I walk away from the computer leaving a thread open (haven't gotten into trouble with this... yet).
posted by kch at 10:42 AM on April 18, 2010


I did not realize that if a brother and sister are twins and and they look alike they are not identical. My father and aunt are twins and I have been calling them identical for years...my whole life even. The look and sound identical to me, minus the obvious gender differences.
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 6:58 PM on April 18, 2010


My older brother and I share the same birthday, also he is named after our father and I am named after our mother.

So despite our six year age difference and the fact that he is a foot taller than me, sometimes it is kind of like having a twin.
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 7:21 PM on April 18, 2010


SheMulp, Identical means they're from a single egg, which means they'll share a gender and a placenta (they're monozygotic). Fraternal means two separate eggs, placentas, etc. (dizygotic). It's pretty freaky/fascinating.
posted by chowflap at 12:39 PM on April 20, 2010


I did not realize that if a brother and sister are twins and and they look alike they are not identical. My father and aunt are twins and I have been calling them identical for years...my whole life even. The look and sound identical to me, minus the obvious gender differences.

Yeah, identical means that one can't be an innie and the other an outtie, so to speak. If they were identical, they'd both be one gender.
posted by zarq at 2:26 PM on April 20, 2010


So are mine.

Candyland, they're adorable! And I want those outfits. :D
posted by zarq at 9:15 AM on April 21, 2010


Thanks! I made them myself from plain shirts and leggings from American Apparel - found the initials online to make iron-ons, cut up purple tights to be the "boots", purple and yellow felt for the collars and belts. We are probably going to do Luke and Leia this Halloween.
posted by candyland at 6:33 PM on April 24, 2010


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