Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 2:29pm
CHICKS X 2
Captain Ahab chased an elusive white whale. Dan Marino, the Superbowl. What's my personal Everest? Identical twins. Identical twins.
While I've enjoyed the company of siblings, fraternal twins and even - courtesy of a misleading online photo - conjoined twins, I've never taken a dip in the monozygotic gene pool that produces 2/3rds of my own holy trinity - identical twins.
Surprisingly, until the age of 16, I found doppelgangers to be creepy, unnatural and, let's face it, redundant. But all of that changed one crisp, fall evening in the early 90s…
While fast-forwarding through commercials on my Baywatch tape, I noticed a spot for Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum. It featured two IDENTICAL women in bikinis, inserting sticks of gum in their mouth at the same time. That day, a boy Barney became a man Barney. As advertised, Wrigley's had indeed doubled my pleasure, doubled my fun.
This past weekend I inched closer to "nirvana in stereo" with a spicy doublet from NYU, only to be thwarted by Marshall's own, red-headed Everest - Marshall's ex-girlfriend.
I promise you this, dear readers: One day I will double my pleasure. One day I will double my pleasure. Also, feel free to send your twin pictures to me: email@example.com
FUN FACTS ABOUT TWINS
10 FAMOUS TWINS… OR 20, I GUESS
The Olsen Twins (duh)
Romulus and Remus
Nick Nolte and Gary Busey
Luke and Leia
Tomax and Xamot
The Barbie Twins
Zan and Jayna
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito
WHERE DO TWINS COME FROM?
Contrary to popular belief, twins do not come from accidentally getting water on a newborn, but from science. Roughly one fertilized egg - or "zygote" - out of every 150 divides to form two separate embryos. Gross.
WHO SHOULD HAVE AN IDENTICAL TWIN?