Twins have always captures our attention and heightened our curiosity. Be it a pair that look exactly alike it’s impossible to tell them apart and you start to question if their mother has some sort of superpower for being able to do so, or even just a pair of siblings that look like they sprung out from the same bud, we’re here to set the record straight about them and clear up any misconceptions about them. For more awesome facts about them, here are 10 facts coming your way:
Fact 1: Sorry to burst your bubble ladies and gents, but contrary to popular belief, not all twins look exactly alike, nor act alike, for that matter. Heck, they can even be of the same gender, or different gender. Such as the possibility of having two boys, two girls, or a boy and a girl, it all boils down to the daddy’s sperm and its chromosomes, XX for girls, and XY for boys.
Fact 2: Lo and behold, fraternal twins get more than one placenta while in the womb! The placenta, the cord which provides the nutrients from the mother to the growing babies, is provided for each child.
Fact 3: It’s all in the genes. Being able to conceive fraternal twins is the work of a family back ground of twins. In short, if your spouse comes from a family that has a pair of twins or two, then there’s a big chance you’ll be conceiving twins as well, because it’s hereditary. However, fraternal twins can also be the result of fertility treatments. As medicine has advanced, so has the technology for fertility enhancing treatments. In lieu with this, the birth rates of twins have skyrocketed.
Fact 4: Factors such as, but not limited to, maternal age, diet, intake of birth control pills, as well as heredity, all play a part on the chances of producing twins. This is because these factors encourage hyperovulation, the instance where more than one egg is released within the cycle.
Fact 5: Get this! 22 percent of twins are left handed! And they also have their own day, which is the Twins Day Festival held in Ohio. Imagine a sea of twins, look-a-likes, dopplegangers, triplets, quadruplets, and what-have-you-lets all converging into one place to celebrate the joys of being a twin. Sounds like a party!
Fact 6: Not all races may be able to carry the fraternal twin gene as easily as others do. A survey conducted under Population Studies show that the highest rates of conceiving twins were found in Central African countries, whilst the countries with the least chance, you ask? That would be Asian and Latin American populations, respectively.
Fact 7: There are more than just three types of twins, namely the more popular Identical, Fraternal. In fact, there are seven! Including those two, there are five more, namely: Mirror-Image twins, Half-Identical twins, Mixed Chromosome twins, Superfetation, as well as Superfecundation.
Fact 8: Some of your favorite celebrities may also be one half of a set of twins! Famous names that have fraternal twins include: Alanis Morissette, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel, as well as Gisele Bundchen. Famous celebrity identical twins include Mark-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Joel and Benji Maden, as well as Scarlett Johannson.
Fact 9: Research reflects that taller women have higher chances of having fraternal twins than more petite women do. The study also shows that the more pregnancies a woman has had, the higher her chances of giving birth to twins are.
Fact 10: It is believed that twins, Identical, and on some level, fraternal, have a very special bond that connects the two of them, much deeper than any regular bond other siblings may have. This bond allows them to connect telepathically, as well as a telepathic sense whenever their twin is in danger. There is no scientific backing to this phenomenon, but the media has banked heavily on it, and twins throughout history have spoken out about having such bond. You be the judge.