A Twin and A Look-Alike

livescience.com has an article ‘Does Everyone Have a Look-Alike?’ that starts with the following –

We’ve all done a double take when mistaking a random person on the street for someone we know or know of, like the celebrity look-alikes Will Ferrell and Chad Smith – the actor and the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, respectively.  But does everyone have a doppelganger?  There’s a fairly decent chance of it, actually, thanks to the limited number of genes that influence facial features.

I have a twin in the world and I have a look-alike in the world.  My twin does not look like me and my look-alike is not my twin.  You see, I am a twin – I have a twin sister and we are fraternal twins and we look nothing alike.  I guess if you looked hard enough there may be some resemblances in our facial features, but her being female and me being male – there are more differences than similarities.

My look-alike, I guess looks very similar to me – I have never seen him, but my mom has.  At a time when I lived in Dallas, many years ago my mom worked at a bank in the small city I grew up in.  She told me a story about one day that she was working and she saw me.  She approached me and asked what I was doing in town and why I did not let her know.  Well, it wasn’t me, but my look-alike fooled my own mom!

Several years ago at a gym I am a member of, in the afternoons upon working out there – I would see my brother.  Well, it was not brother, it was his look-alike.  I am sure I made this guy uncomfortable by staring at him because he looked so much like my brother – it was amazing!

So if there is limited number of genes that influence facial features, and 7.4 billon people in the world, could we have more than one look-alike?

carbonated.tv indicates ‘There Are 7 People In The World Who Look Exactly Like You‘.

wikipedia.org has this definition –

In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger or doppelga(e)nger (/ˈdɒpᵊlˌɡɛŋə/ or /-ˌɡæŋə/; German: [ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋɐ] ( listen), literally “double-goer”) is a look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a paranormal phenomenon, and in some traditions as a harbinger of bad luck. In other traditions and stories, they recognize your ‘double-goer’ as an evil twin.

The word doppelgänger is often used in a more general sense to describe any person who physically or behaviorally resembles another person.

Search the interest and you will find interesting stories of people who have met their doppelganger.  I have not yet, but I think it would be fascinating to do so.  My mother has seen my look-alike and I have seen my brother’s look-alike; my look-alike is not my twin, but I do have a twin that does not look like me.

What about you, do you want to meet your doppelganger?

41 thoughts on “A Twin and A Look-Alike

  1. I’ve read stories of people meeting someone who looks just like them and later finding out it was their twin. Interesting that statistics show there are 7 people out there who look like me or you.But your poor mother! A bit of a shock to say the least.

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  2. I have ‘one of those faces’…I’m always being stopped and asked if ‘so and so’ is my sister/cousin/family..? And I met my ‘grandmother’ at church when I moved up here…she’s been dead for 52 years, so it WAS a shock! 🙂

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    • Very interesting you met your grandmother look a like; I could not keep my eyes off the guy in the gym that looked like my brother! Thanks dear, have a wonderful weekend. 🙂


  3. I’ve been mistaken for someone else on and off for about 30 years. We obviously live in the same part of the city, but have never met. I guess we’ve aged in a similar fashion, cos people still come up to me and starting talking, until my blank look stops them. I also get mistaken for a particular TV clairvoyant. As you can imagine, the comedic potential there is fantastic!

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  4. When I was running EMS, I was called into headquarters one day and asked if I was “working somewhere else.”
    Even one of my co-workers who relieved me when my shift was over said “If I didn’t know you were at work today, I would have sworn on a Bible that I saw you driving an ambulance for another county today.”
    Not long after, I had just dropped a patient off and looked up and it was unbelievable! If I hadn’t known I was standing next to my stretcher, I would have sworn I was across the room, unloading a patient.
    It was uncanny. We were the same size and we both had a blonde ponytail down to our waist.

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  5. Teddy met his doppelganger in Germany but mine is my dead mother. Every time I look in the mirror, I jump a little. Teddy says I am the spitting image of her when looking vacant… How to insult your wife and dead mother in law at the same time! My friend thinks I look like Michelle Williams, if only. 🙂

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  6. Love this…I watched the video twice my favorite was the pastry man….LOL and Sheldon Cooper and a goat…how perfect……I know I have a twin…my older sister who we lost 10 years ago….every time I look in a mirror she is staring back at me….it used to bother me that everyone who knew her always compares and still does compares me to her….my actions my voice and my looks, the more weight I loose the more I look like her….I am proud to be called her name by accident now…..thanks for making me smile this morning…..kat

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  7. Now you have me thinking….I also have a niece I have never met, but a few years ago I saw a couple pictures of her on Facebook and I could of sworn I was looking at my self back in my my twenties….guess I shouldn’t be so surprised we are related…..LOL

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  8. I had siblings given up for adoption . they were adopted to families within 20 miles of each other Mom moved to another state took the rest with her me included. One of my brother joined a ham radio club he was the President he worked on the radios too . His had a guy from the same group who needed work on his radio son my brother told him to come by his house he would look at it.

    Being in the same group for several years.Whilethey sat at the kitchen table and my brother worked on the guys radio they talked and told lies and joked. My sister in law was listening to them she walked through the room and said you two should be brothers you act just alike.

    They both laughed he fixed the radio and the guy left. My brother was given up at birth. he had no siblings . Later that year his wife put a note on a Web page that you could look up individual names and look up people looking for people. My mom was married twice . My last name was different than mine but another sister I was raised with had the same birth name .

    His wife put a notice looking for my mother giving his name and date of birth and place of birth. My mom has a unique name.
    My sister happened across the site looking up her name. She was bored and she went all the way back to posts that were there a longtime.

    She came across the ad and called me and read I to me . See said do you think it could be mom’s kid?

    I am not one to wait and see it had a phone number I called it and it was my brother I had never known existed this was in 2009. The ad had outlived his marriage . I drove to another state that weekend and met my brother. While talking to him his ex wife he invited our because she did it and his mother . We talked looked at his younger pictures . Told stories and that was when his wife told me this story about the radio. I asked what the guys name was he told me. I almost fainted . He is also my brother one of twins a boy and a girl the were adopted too. I had known about them and found them 10 years earlier. So yes you could have a twin but they could be a sibling too. Blessings . Jordan

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