Who Knew: Twins

Yahoo News, August 3rd, 2012

Who Knew

TWIN PHENOMENON SCRIPT: EIGHT SETS OF TWINS ARE COMPETING FOR GOLD IN THE 2012 OLYMPICS AND AROUND THE WORLD…TWIN BIRTHS ARE ON THE RISE. WHAT’S BEHIND THE DOUBLE PHENOMENON? IN THEIR MOST RECENT STUDY, THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION FOUND THE TWIN BIRTHS RATE ROSE SEVENTY-SIX PERCENT FROM 1980 THROUGH 2009 IN THE U.S. ALONE. AND IN THE REMOTE INDIAN VILLAGE OF KODINHI, RESIDENTS CALL THEIR HOME “TWIN TOWN,” AS TWO THOUSAND FAMILIES HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO A WHOPPING TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY SETS OF TWINS. THAT’S SIX TIMES AS MANY TWIN BIRTHS THAN THE GLOBAL AVERAGE, AND VILLAGERS ARE CALLING IT A MIRACLE. SOME ALSO CONSIDER IT A MIRACLE THAT TWINS SEEM TO HAVE AN UNCANNY CONNECTION TO ONE ANOTHER AS IN THE STORY OF JIM LEWIS AND JIM SPRINGER, TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH AND GIVEN UP FOR ADOPTION TO DIFFERENT COUPLES LIVING FORTY MILES APART. WHILE NEITHER KNEW OF THE OTHERS EXISTENCE, BOTH BOYS WERE NAMED JAMES, HAD CHILDHOOD DOGS NAMED "TOY", WORKED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND DROVE LIGHT BLUE CHEVYS; EACH JAMES PROCEEDED TO MARRY WOMEN NAMED LINDA, DIVORCED AND THEN REMARRIED WOMEN NAMED BETTY AND THEY EACH HAD SONS NAMED JAMES ALLEN. SOME ARGUE THIS WAS ALL COINCIDENCE; OTHERS SAY IT’S A CASE OF PARALLEL LIVES. PARALLEL LIVES LED TO TROUBLE FOR MITCH TORBETT, WHEN POLICE MISTAKENLY ARRESTED HIM IN MAY 2012 FOR A CRIME CHARGED TO HIS DECEASED TWIN BROTHER IN LOUISIANA. AFTER SPENDING THIRTY-SIX HOURS IN JAIL, FINGERPRINT COMPARISONS FINALLY CLEARED MITCH AND HE'S FILING A LAWSUIT FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT. WHETHER THEY’RE GOING FOR GOLD, OR IN DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, TWINS ARE ON THE RISE.

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