Seeing Double? Seeing Double? Twin Mania Twin Mania

By Lauren H.

Are there some days when you go around a corner and see someone and then go around another corner and see that same person again and wonder, wow, didn’t I just pass that person?  Well, the answer is you most likely did not pass the same person twice. RMS is fortunate to have eleven sets of twins presently enrolled in our school.  There are three sets in Sixth Grade, four sets in the Seventh Grade and four sets in the Eighth Grade. What is it like to be a twin?  We asked our twins that very question.

“Being a twin has its advantages and disadvantages.  Advantages are that we can communicate with each other really smoothly and also wherever we go, we will always be together and not alone.  There is mainlly one disadvante and that is we always fight over small or big things,” said Hamid G. about being a twin with Mohammed.

There are other advantages. Coral and Marly H., two identical Eighth Grade girls should know.

“We’ve kind of made up our own language. You know, we understand each other and nobody else does!” said Coral.

They also have the same likes and dislikes.

“Coral and I both hate Cheez-its. We both love rainbows and unicorns!” said Marly.

There are also disadvantages. Holly and Ashley V. are fraternal twins in the seventh grade say they are always being mistaken for the other one. Even by their parents and they’re not identical!

”It’s pretty fun being a twin. We understand each other better than if we were just sisters,”said Ashley.

Common interests help to make their bound stronger.

“We do share some common interests. We both like to show each other our drawings we make, and we both love animals,”said Holly.

Chris and Greg B., two identical Seventh Grade boys, enjoy being twins.

”We’re both into a wide variety of sports, especially basketball. We also both like playing video games and hanging out with our friends,” said Chris.

Sometimes they finish each other sentences.

“…but we are interested in different subjects in school. Also, people mix us up often, yes, even our parents,” said Greg.

Samantha and Nicholas K., two fraternal twins in the Sixth Grade, say having a twin is good and bad.

”We could be total partners one day and then total opposites the next. It varies on how we feel about one another,” said Nick.

Samantha says she is a little different from Nick.

“Nick likes to go around and pretend he’s a moose… now I don’t do that!” said Samantha.

Paul and Chuck M., two fraternal twins in the Sixth Grade, say that sometimes being a twin is bothersome.

”It can be annoying sometimes, being a twin, but it’s also fun!” said Paul.

In the case of Paul and Chuck, they are as different as night and day.

”We are complete opposites. I’m more of an indoor person and he’s more outdoors. He’s shy, I’m outspoken. He’s really crazy about picking out just the right binder while I’m like, ‘Give me anything to hold all my stuff.’ I’m also a very finicky eater, while he’ll eat just about anything,” said Paul.

Candace and Carlos B., two fraternal twins in the Seventh Grade, are indifferent about being a twin.

”We really don’t care that were twins-but it’s cool that we are. People say were both funny and weird- but everyone in our family is weird! The only differences we really have are obviously, gender, but also our hair colors, height, etc. are similar,” said Candace.

Luca and Nikola S., two identical twin boys in the Eighth Grade, say even people that know them well have a difficult time telling them apart.

”People do mix us up, even our parents who know us better than anybody. We both like watching movies and listening to music- we usually do that together,” said Luca.

Once you get to know them you realize that Nikola is the more shy one and Luca is more into technology. Luca also wears glasses, while Nikola does not.

Mackenzie and Megan Y., two identical Sixth Graders, had their own language.

”We used to talk in our own language when we were babies. Sort of like our own special version of baby talk. Our mother says that whenever one of us was talking, the other responded, usually laughing,” said Mackenzie.

“We also do like to do many of the same things, but there is one thing different, Mackenzie likes roller coasters and I hate them,” said Megan.

So when Mackenzie is on one, Megan is the one holding Mackenzie’s cotton candy hoping the ride will be over soon.

Michael and Emily N., two fraternal twins in the Eighth Grade, say they stay out of each other’s way and have their own interests.

“Yeah, sure, we like being twins. We don’t really do anything special, though. We kind of stay out of each others’ way,” said Michael.

While Michael practices his karate, Emily is practices her volleyball. While Michael is playing X-box, Emily is on the computer.  However, they do have one thing in common.

“But we do both hate math,” said Emily.


As you have read, there are advantages and disadvantages to being a twin.

“In my experience, people tend to compare me to my twin brother. It’s hard to take sometimes, [but we have each other],” said Lauren H. who has a twin named Ian.

People have a lot of theories of why RMS has so many twins now.  Why do you think we do?

Did you know…?

In-vitro fertilization leads to multiples in approximately 30 percent of cases.

According to Hellin’s Rule, formulated in 1895, spontaneous (naturally conceived) twins occur once in every 89 births.

In 2001, 3.1 percent of all U.S. births were twins. The rate was roughly half in Europe. In the United States, one in 50 people is a dizygotic (fraternal) twin. One in 150 is a monozygotic (identical) twin.

If a woman has already given birth to dizygotic twins, she has a 4 times higher chance of conceiving another set of twins—one in 3,000 births.

A woman who is a dizygotic twin has a 1-in-17 chance of having a set of twins.

The fertility drug Clomid increases the chance of having twins to 1-in-10.

Approximately 70 percent of all twins result from fertility treatments.

African-Americans are more likely to conceive twins than Caucasians. Asians are less likely to conceive twins.

Women between the ages of 35 and 39 are more likely to conceive twins.

The more children a woman has, the more likely she is to have a set of twins.

Taller women conceive twins more often than shorter women.

About 25 percent of identical twins are mirror-image twins.

About 95 percent of all multiple births in the United States are twins.

Thirty-four out of every 1,000 births in the United States are multiples.

Between 1980 and 1998, the rate of triplets and higher-order births in the United States increased by 400 percent.

Women who eat meat or dairy products are 5 times more likely to have twins than women who are vegans.

Armadillos almost always give birth to monozygotic quadruplets. One type of armadillo often produces monozygotic octuplets.

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