10 Unusual Twins You Won’t Believe Exist!
Number One: Parents of Kian and Remee were startled when their twins were born. The girls’ parents, Kylie Hodgson and Remi Horder, are both of mixed race heritage But they were shocked when the girls were so markedly different in appearance. These twins are one in a million – although both girls have blue eyes, one girl appears black and the other white. While this can occur sometimes when twins have different fathers, it is much more unusual when the parentage is the same for both babies.
Number Two: Twins separated at birth make for fascinating study. They are often found to have similar characteristics even though they are raised separately.
However, in the case of twin brothers from Ohio, the similarities are not just similar – they are astonishing. To begin with, both adoptive families named their boys Jim..
Both boys married women named Linda who gave birth to sons. Those sons were named James Alan – just one ‘L’ separates the spelling of the middle names. In addition, the brothers both have law enforcement training and enjoy carpentry and mechanical drawing They even both had dogs named Toy. They each divorced and married again. Both second wives are named Betty. Reunited after 39 years, the brothers first met in 1979.
Number Three: Sometimes the coincidences with twins are beyond belief. Take the case of Ashlee and Andrea. Twins themselves, both women carried twin boys and were due on exactly the same day. Twins run in all families involved – the women’s husbands both have twins in their families, making his coincidence only a little easier to understand.
Number Four: Carnival side shows were a popular way for more unusual sets of twins to make a living. Such is the case of the documented world's heaviest twins, who weighted in at over 1400 pounds combined. The brothers, known professionally as the McGuires, worked for years as motorcycle stunt riders and tag-team wrestlers. Their career ended when one twin died after a performance related motorcycle accident.
Number Five: The record for oldest twins ever goes to the country of Japan. In 1892 twin girls were born in a town about 200 miles or so from Tokyo. The most notable fact about these twins, Gin and Kin, is not just that they lived to be 108, but that they had different blood types. Doctors cannot explain that even though testing found them to be identical, their blood types were different.
Number Six: Twins hold a fascination for many people. Add in a record setting height difference and there is no end to the attention, wanted or not. Such is the case with a set of fraternal twins in London. Hussain, the brother, is an astounding 7 feet 9 inches tall – amazing all by itself
But when you consider that his twin sister is only average, at 5 feet 5 inches, you have the makings of a record. In addition to their height difference, Hussain’s hand span is larger than any living male.
Number Seven: Another story of long lost siblings, these twin girls had no idea that they were even twins until cases of mistaken identity in college. Both enrolled in close by east coast universities, Tamara and Adriana each had strange incidents of people mistaking them for someone else. Finally the two were reunited. Separated at birth, one twin was raised by a Jewish family while the other was raised Catholic.
Number eight: One of the strangest cases in twin lore is of twins who are born in different years. Usually this occurs when one twin is born right before midnight on New Year’s Eve and one right after, but in the case of these Romanian twins, the birth dates are more extreme. One of the twins, Catalin, had difficulty in the womb and had to be delivered early, in December. Doctors were able to wait and deliver the other baby,Valentin, closer to the twins’ due date in February.
Number Nine: Twin cat burglars can be list worthy too. In a scene that must have been reminiscent of Mission Impossible, 3 thieves slid down ropes and defeated a security system to steal millions in jewellery. Super rope skills aside, they were captured on camera and left DNA behind. This eventually led to their arrest. Hassan and Abbas are two of the three thieves, and happen to be identical twins too.
Number Ten: Another case of twins being different races, but this one due to a screw up at a Dutch IVF lab. Turns out that when the couple went in for the fertility treatment, the lab equipment was used more than once. This caused a stranger's sperm to be mixed with the couple’s sample. The mix up resulted in twins with the same mom but having different dads. If the dads had not been so different in appearance, the couple might never have known.