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Gemellology is the term for the scientific study of twins (“Facts & Stats”). These multiples possess a very special and unique bond. Most twins hold more than simply good friendship, rather, they begin to bond as life-long companions beginning before they are even introduced to the world. In most cases, identical twins share a stronger bond than that of fraternal twins, primarily due to the fact that they share the same genes (“Facts & Stats”). Obviously, twins are very similar simply by sight, but it is unimaginable the extent to which twins are identical in their thought patterns, pathological, psychological, and physical aspects.

Many identical twins experience the same thought patterns because of their shared genes (“Facts & Stats”). Ron and Roger Scarbrough scored so similarly on a test that their teacher failed them, convinced they were cheating (Jackson 26). Given another chance, they again made the same errors. When joining the air force, they had to take a test, and mysteriously answered the same questions wrong. When retested, they again made the same one error (Jackson 26).

Janie and Linda N. are identical twin sisters (Bowles-Reyer). Their thought patterns were proven to be very similar when they both sent their parents the same exact present thousands of miles apart from each other (Bowles-Reyer). Twins reared apart at birth and later brought back together reveal further proof of the similar thought patterns of identical twins. As this being the basis of Dr. Thomas J. Bouchard’s studies at the University of Minnesota, he has met twins who both store rubber bands on their wrists, sneeze in public for attention, and pairs who walk into the ocean backward (Jackson 35).

Identical twin brothers, Jim Lewis and Jim Springer, were reared apart when they were just weeks old (Wright 43). Both men thought their brother had died at birth, but thirty-nine years later, they were reunited (Jackson 35). Dr. Bouchard studied them and was shocked to find many more similarities in their thought patterns than expected (Bowles-Reyer). It was discovered that both brothers married twice: first to a woman named Linda and the second time to a woman named Betty, named their sons James Alan and James Allen, had a dog named Toy as a child, took family vacations to the same location without ever meeting, and both worked part-time as a sheriff’s deputy in Ohio (Segal 118). The “Jim twins” were just one of the many interesting sets of twins studied by Dr. Bouchard (Mystery of Twins).

Sharon Poset and Debbie Mehlman, identical twins reared apart as infants, were reunited at age forty-five (Jackson 36). Dr. Bouchard discovered that they both had one child, yellow colonial-style houses, had a husband born in December, set their watches five minutes ahead to avoid being late, wore sunglasses in the shade, and shared strong religious beliefs (Jackson 34).

The mysterious similarities in the thought patterns of identical twins are truly mind-boggling, especially the similarities of twins reared apart at birth, considering they have never lived together. Besides similar thoughts, many twins experience a unique pathological bond.

Pathologically, twins share a bond unlike any other. Many twins experience ESP and the ability to share one another’s consciousness (Bowles-Reyer). This is known as the nonlocal or universal mind. A physicist named J.S. Bell developed Bell’s Theorem, a hypothesis explaining nonlocal mind. It said that when two subatomic particles come into contact with each other and are then separated, a change in one particle could cause a similar change in the other, instantly and to the same degree. In the 1960’s, to test this hypothesis, researchers pointed a light at one twin’s eye and found that the other twin’s brain-wave pattern changed in response. Besides tests, many people’s personal experiences have helped to prove Bell’s Theorem.

A woman named Linda N. gave birth to two babies in her life (Bowles-Reyer). The first time, she was two thousand miles apart from her identical twin sister, Janie, and the second time, Linda was in Naples, Italy while Janie was in Oregon. Both times, Janie went into labor pains with her sister. Similarly, when Linda was in the navy, she had to have multiple surgeries that Janie had to be medicated for. Linda stated, “If I notify her in advance she can control or manage the pain”(Bowles-Reyer).

In Yosemite, Maureen C. came close to drowning, and soon after, received a letter from her identical twin sister in Japan asking her if something had happened to her (Bowles-Reyer ). Besides this incident, in 1978, Maureen’s sister was killed in a car accident, and from one-and-a-half hours away, Maureen reported feeling dizzy at the same time her sister had had the accident and had to lay on the floor to keep herself from falling. Maureen was no doubt feeling everything her sister was feeling. Just as Maureen C. was submitted to experiencing her own sister’s death, Raymond Brandt also had to undergo this pain (Mystery of Twins).

Raymond Brandt was working on top of a pole with conductors that were not energized, but he suddenly felt a jolt of electricity run through his body (Mystery of Twins). This occurred at the same time that his identical twin brother, Robert, was electrocuted just five miles away (Mystery of Twins).

There is a chilling truth behind the nonlocal mind that raises many eyebrows and generates numerous questions, but it is truly fascinating if looked at from the perspective of J.S. Bell and his theorem. While the nonlocal mind is an amazing bond between identical twins, for people like Raymond Brandt and Maureen C., it becomes an entrapment in their own nightmares, both having had to experience the loss of their own twin and best friend.

The psychological bond of twins can be recognized in the way twins grieve for their lost co-twin. Dr. Nancy Segal, the director of the Twins studies Center has been studying twinless twins for more than fifteen years (Jackson 37). She has learned from other’s personal accounts how heartbreaking and dramatically life-changing it is when one twin dies, leaving the other behind (Segal 176). She noted that twins grieve more for the loss of their co-twin than for a parent, sibling, relative, or even their own child, because they were not only best friends who bonded from the day of conception, who only understood each other, but are also left with constant reminders, such as birthdays. “The lonesome crowd can be especially lonely because most twins have never felt alone. Perhaps it is this unique feature of twinship that distinguishes its loss so dramatically from other losses”(Segal 186). Raymond Brandt still continues to cope with his brother’s death that occured over fifty years ago (Jackson 37). He stated, “When Robert died so abruptly, I had to make my first decision on my own. I couldn’t share my deepest fears about going on without him”(Jackson 38). “Twins are always thinking ‘we’ rather than ‘me'”(Jackson 38). There is so much truth in this statement by Robert Brandt. Most twins grow up together sharing their deepest secrets, confident their trust will not be failed, so when a twin is left to live alone, it is as if they are all alone in the world with no one to turn to. It is a traumatic and devastating change that leaves them having to learn how to survive all over again.

Crystal Shaw lost her twin sister, Lynsey, in a car accident at age eleven and continues to suffer painful anguish and sorrow over her loss (Jackson 37). At first, Crystal found it difficult to sleep at night because she had slept in the same room as Lynsey her whole life. Starting high school alone was especially hard, coming home sick the first three days (Jackson 38). Although Crystal will cope with Lynsey’s death for rest of her life, she is learning to adjust to her “new” life by talking to others who are also experiencing the same pain (Jackson 38).

To live as a twinless twin is a very difficult adjustment to cope with, and just as Raymond Brandt put it, “Such emotional connection, especially between identical twins makes it difficult for single-birth persons to identify with their loss”(Mystery of Twins). Support groups can help ease the pain, but the pain is always there, along with the endless memories and reminders.

Some twins also share a rare physical bond. There have been incidences in which identical twins have gotten hurt just hours or days apart, or have died on the same day (Scheinfeld 228). Megan and Caitlin Coleman broke the same bone in their arms less than a week apart from each other (Mercer). More amazingly, two twin sisters died at a mental hospital just moments apart from each other while in separate rooms (Scheinfeld 228). Eng and Chang Bunker, the original “Siamese” twins, connected only by a thick band of flesh at the base of their chest, died a mere three hours apart (Mystery of Twins). There has even been one case in which both twins of a pair took their lives at about the same time (Scheinfeld 230)!

The physical bond of twins is inconceivable. No one will ever be sure whether these particular cases were due to the mysterious bond of twins or if they were simply coincidences.

Twin is an ancient German word meaning “two-together” (Facts & Stats), which not only defines twin in the literal sense, but more importantly, captures the true essence of being a twin. It signifies “two-together” living as life-long companions sharing secrets and laughing about things only they can understand. Twins share a profound bond, mysterious and intriguing to others, but which is a way of life for twins, themselves. This bond is so strong that no outside influence can break it (Bowles-Reyer). Even for those twins who have lost their co-twin, this bond cannot be destroyed, because it does not physically exist on the outside, rather it exists only in one’s heart. In the words of Raymond Brandt, “Once born a twin, always a twin”(Jackson 38).

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I once had a teacher who was out for a day and her sister came to sub…needless to say she looked exactly like our teacher and no one noticed the difference…that is until she spent 7 whole minutes telling us.


Can’t You Tell Us Apart

© Carconti Etva
To be a twin is an experience I’ll say
being mistaken for another all day
Are you Gabby or Abby
Tori or Tray
sometimes I wonder why we are this way
I’d like to be one of a kind
and not mistaken for Madeline
some people I know are simply just toying
but some times it’s just really annoying
I mean come on how dim can you be
can you really not tell she’s different from me
sometimes I’m depressed at the end of the day
from everyone thinking I’m my sister, Anna May
But I’m grateful for my twin
And so I grin
As someone mistakes me for my brother, Ben

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The closeness that twins experience is unique. Growing up in the same family, and the same age, they are in a unique position to share perspectives on life. On the other hand, many twins experience a need for space. They may find their close relationship to be stifling. Depending on their personalities they may be the best of friends or worst of enemies. Their closeness having the potential to both bring them together or separate them as far as possible from each other.

Twin Poems

Special Gift

© John W. Lilly
Once upon a time mommy and I,
wished upon a distant star,
We didn’t know if we’d get our wish,
the chances seemed rather far.

We asked God for a little girl,
To cuddle and hold tight,
To love and squeeze and give
a gentle kiss goodnight.

Well, God was listening and the answer
came straight from the blue.
Not only did we get one little angel,
He saw fit to give


I’m a twin. We are identical . We’re both girls .

Being A Twin

© Toi
Growing up together
Having the same birthday
Arguing, fighting
all the time
People getting us mixed up
Confusion, exhausting
Sharing everything 
Making up
Inseparable like two peas 
in a pod
Living and laughing the
world up in sync

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How many sets of twins are there in the world?


125 million twins. 10 million are identical
A round up of all the Twins & Multiples Festivals, Conventions and Events across the world including the UK’s very own Twins & Multiple Birth Association (Tamba) that celebrates Twins, Triplets and More Week every year in the 1st week of July..

UK Twins. Triplets & More Summer Events
Tamba, the Twins and Multiple Births Association has organised discounted activities with venues including Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers. Warwick Castle. The Big Sheep and Odds Park Farm in England. Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park in Scotland and Gosford Park in Northern Ireland. All events are held usually from July to November each year. Local twins and multiples clubs usually hold events throughout the Summer too, check out your local club and organise an event yourself too!

Check out http://www.tamba.org.uk for further details of events each year.

European Twins Day Festival – Italy
European Twins Festival. held in Italy each year on the last weekend in July. This festival gathers approximately 1000 sets of twins and multiples. Started in 2000 the festival was held in Rimini for three years. The festival was postponed in 2003 but returned in 2004 with a change of location (to Caneva World amusement park). This site is in Italian. See also http://www.europeantwins.org/english.htm which has some other events listed in English.

France Twins Day Festival

The French Twins Day Festival began in 1994 and is Europe’s largest gathering of multiples. Inspired by the Mayor who has twin daughters it is attended each year by about 1.000 sets of twins. It is held on Aug 15th in Pleucadeuc. near Vannes in Brittany – the services are held in French and the website is also in French. Tel: +33 (0) 2 97 26 92 27

Twins Festival in Poland – Scezcen. Poland
Started in 1997 this annual festival is held in August/September in Szczecin. Poland. The event is organised by Marek Sztark (father of twins Alicja and Marysia) and about 500 sets of twins and multiples attend. The festival includes a barbecue. bonfire. twin talent contest. group photos. research opportunities. activities for children and much more. This website is currently available only in Polish. For help with translation try Poltran.com translation

Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg. Ohio,USA
If you fancy a trip to the world’s largest gathering of twins then check out the Twins Days Festival which takes place on the first full weekend of August each year in the town of Twinsburg. Ohio. USA – mark your calendars now! This festival started in 1976 with only 36 sets of twins but has grown to be the world’s largest annual gathering of twins with approximately 3.000 sets attending each year. A huge. fun-filled twin weekend – attracting twins. multiples and their families from all over the world. many returning year after year.

It is held on the first full weekend of August each year & in the city of Twinsburg. Ohio – which is about 30 miles south of Cleveland. The town of Twinsburg was named after identical twin brothers. Moses and Aaron Wilco. who settled there in 1819.

International Twins Association
The International Twins Association has a twin convention/gathering on the Labor Day long weekend held in a different U.S. city each year. In USA Labor Day is held on the 1st Monday of September.

Texas Twin Roundup – Houston. Texas USA
This event is organised by the twin owners of the TwinStuff.com website – identical twins. Craig and Mark Sanders who are married to identical twins Diane and Darlene (respectively). The annual event began in 2002.

Coney Island Twins and Multiple Families Day
Started in 2002 by Debbie and Liza Ganz (identical twin owners of the TwinsWorld) this fun-filled. family day at famous Coney Island is held in July each year.

Twins World Charity Party – New York. New York USA
Also run by the Ganz twins from Twins World this event gathers about 500 pairs of adult twins for a charity event/twins party in New York city. The event is held in February/March each year and proceeds go to a different twin charity or cause each year.

Official Twins Cruise
The 1st Twins Cruise sailed from Miami on 16th January 2005. Thirty-eight sets of twins sailed aboard the Carnival Victory for a luxury 7-day Western Caribbean cruise

Just for Laughs Twins Weekend – Montreal. Canada
The Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival has an annual Twins Weekend which includes a twins parade. look-alike contests and more. The 2004 event saw more than 2.500 multiples marching in the parade before a crowd of over 250.000 spectators!& First started in 1998 as a “Doubles Evening” by twins Luce and Lucie Rozon the event has expanded quickly and is now one of the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. This site is available in English and French.

The Niagara Twin Event – Welland. Ontario Canada
Organised by Connie and Kendra Millar (identical twin sisters) this small annual twins celebration is held as part of the Niagara Regional Exhibition in Welland. Ontario. The event was started in 2003 and gathers approximately 50 sets of twins for an afternoon of fun and competitions.

Mexican Twins Festival
First held in 1995 this Mexican Twins Festival was the largest twins festival in all of Latin America. The Asociacin de Nacimientos Mltiples. A.C. website is currently available only in Spanish.

Puerto Rico Twins Gathering
The Asociacin Puertorriquea de Nacimientos Mltiples (Puerto Rican Association of Multiple Births) held its first gathering of twins in January 2001. Hundreds of twins and their families attended. Some pictures and information from past events is available here (this website is currently available only in Spanish). No official site is currently available for this festival.

Australia – Canberra Twins Plus Festival
Supported by the Australian Multiple Births Association. The festival was hosted by AMBA and ATR and held on the last weekend of Multiple Birth Awareness Week. Approximately 1.500 people attended. The festival is expected to be held in a different Australian city every two years.

Sri Lanka Twins Day Festival
Sri Lanka Twins Day Festival – Held in Colombo. Sri Lanka and hosted by the Sri Lanka Twins Cultural and Development Center. There are plans to hold a Twins World Congress in conjunction with the festival. This organisation was founded by Sri Lankan identical twins Upuli and Chamali Gamage.

Beijing Twins Festival
First held in 2004. the Beijing Twins Festival brought together more than 500 pairs of twins from across the world who took part in a four-day cultural event. Approximately 600 pairs of twins attended the 2nd Beijing Twins Festival held in October 2005. This festival is expected to continue as an annual event.

The Festival of Twins in Manila. Philippines
The Festival of Twins in Manila was first held in February 2004 (and is supported by Pro-life Philippines). Natalie Palanca. grandmother of twin girls. is the driving force behind this festival. She has also established the local Association of Twins and Multiple Births (ATMB) to help families with multiple birth children. The festival gathers approximately 250 pairs of twins and multiples.

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