Twins Amazing facts

30 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Twins | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. About 1 in 30 pregnancies results in identical twins in USA. Rate is on the increase due to infertility treatments.
  2. The chances of having a twin pregnancy is increased by maternal age (After 30). Also Tall women are more likely to have twins.
  3. Fraternal twinning is genetically predisposed while Identical twinning is random. Fraternal twinning is the result of a woman releasing multiple eggs at the same time, and is largely the result of a genetic predisposition. Identical twins, however, are the result of a random split of a single egg. In recent years, the number of fraternal twins has risen in response to fertility treatments, while the number of identical twin births has stayed the same. Fraternal twins don’t share identical genetic material.
  4. Twins can have different gestational age when it comes to fraternal twins. One egg may be fertilized days before the other, leading to a difference in the age and development of the twins.
  5. Massachusetts has the most twin births of any state in America.
  6. China has the lowest rate for multiple births averaging 1 in 300.
  7. Identical twins are the result of a random split of a single egg and cannot be genetically predisposed.
  8. About 15 to 20% percent of all twin pregnancies will miscarry one fetus.
  9. Once you have fraternal twins, you are 3 to 4 times more likely to have another set!
  10. Nigeria has the highest rate of multiple births and more identical twins.
  11. In fact over 50% of twins are born before 37 weeks.
  12. 22 % percent of twins are left handed, compared to 10% in singletons.
  13. Fraternal twin girls have twice the chance of giving birth to twins than singletons.
  14. Fingerprints are not solely generated based on DNA. When identical twins are conceived, they start out with the same fingerprints due to same DNA , but during weeks six through 13 of pregnancy, as the babies start to move, they each touch the amniotic sac, and unique ridges and lines are formed on each twin’s hand that result in different fingerprints.
  15. For polar bears, twins aren’t unusual at all. In fact, they most commonly give birth to twins, and rarely deliver single cubs or triplets.
  16. It’s possible that twins can have different dads. In 2009, Mia Washington gave birth to twins who have different fathers which is said to be a one-in-a-million occurrence.
  17. 40% of twins invent their own special language. These languages are called autonomous languages.  These autonomous languages are formed when two very close babies are learning how to speak a real language alongside one another and naturally often play and communicate with each other. The made up “languages” often disappear soon after childhood, once the children have learned a real language.
  18. About 25% of identical twins are called mirror image twins. This means that they are, in fact, identical, but only in the way that your reflection in a mirror is an identical image of you. For example, if one twin has a mole under her right eye, the other will have it under her left eye. Scientists think this is due to the fertilized egg splitting later than the norm for identical twins, around nine to twelve days after fertilization.
  19. Although it’s difficult for humans to differentiate between identical twins, this isn’t the case for specially trained German Shepherds, who can pick up on scent variations between both identical and non-identical twins.
  20. Twins do not have to be born on the same date. In fact, they can be born surprisingly far apart.
  21. Amy and Katie are twins that were born 87 days apart. Their mother’s water broke a mere 23 weeks into pregnancy. Amy was born four months premature, weighing little more than one pound and fighting for her life in an incubator while Katie was struggling to survive in the womb.
  22. Research on identical twins shows that they have almost perfectly matching brainwave patterns and they might just think alike.
  23. Twins can celebrate their twinning in Twinsberg, Ohio. If you or your children are twins, you can head to this city in Ohio to celebrate the Twins Days Festival. You’ll be amid a sea of look-alikes, with twins, triplets and multiples from all over the nation.
  24. The incidence of twin types and genders are oddly symmetrical. One third of all twins born are identical, one third are same sex fraternal and one third are male/female fraternal. Of the identical twins, half are male/male and half are female/female. Of the same sex fraternal, half are male/male and half are female/female.
  25. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were four weeks old when they were separated, with each of the twins going to different adoptive families. It was later discovered that their lives shared some truly remarkable similarities. Both had a dog named Toy as kids. Both married twice, first to women named Linda and second to women named Betty. Both drove Chevys, smoked Salem cigarettes.
  26. Krista and Tatiana Hogan are attached at the head and share a thalamus – the part of the brain that controls physical sensations and motor functions. As a result, the girls can see through each other’s eyes and hear each other’s thoughts. They can also feel and see what the other one does.
  27. One of the easiest ways to tell identical twins apart is their belly buttons. Belly buttons are scars from the detachment of the umbilical cord, so they aren’t caused by genetics and each one is slightly unique.
  28. Identical twins can make master criminals. Apart from their fingerprints, identical twins are 99.99% identical on a DNA level. In January, 2009, $6.8 million worth of jewelry was stolen in Berlin. The single suspect left behind sweat beads, which police extracted DNA from and tracked down to two people – Hassan and Abbas both identical twins. Both denied responsibility, accused the other, and because police couldn’t identify which of the twins the DNA belonged to, both ended up walking free.
  29. Customers were confused how a Chinese couple could run their busy restaurant for 21 hours a day without getting tired. It turned out that the restaurant was run by two twin brothers who had married twin sisters.
  30. One set of twins, Aaron and Luke Hegenberger, were born only 8 minutes apart, but were born in two different millenniums.

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