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?