Fun Facts about Twins

The month of May is home to International Brother and Sisters Day. In the US, there is also Siblings Day, which takes place in April. They are both days on which siblings (children from the same parents) celebrate one another, so we thought we’d celebrate siblings as well.

In particular, we wanted to have a look at famous twins – two children born at the same time from the same mother.

A Twin set of Twins

Probably the world’s greatest ever tennis player, Roger Federer, and his wife Mirka recently became parents to twin boys. But did you know they also already have twin girls? The likelihood of having twins is around one in every 30 births, so the odds of having two sets of twins are very unlikely. At least they’ll be able to play mixed doubles together.

Twins in Eurovision

This week sees the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest reach its climax – you can learn more about it by reading last week’s post. This year’s competition features twins representing Russia. Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy are just 17 years old, although they have plenty of experience: in 2006, they won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest aged just nine. Jedward are another famous pair of Eurovision twins, who represented Ireland in 2011 and 2012.

Eurovision 2014 Russia Twins
Russia's Eurovision twins getting in a tangle. Credit: Sander Hesterman (EBU)

Celebrity Twins

Perhaps the most famous pair of celebrity twins are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Their first television role was on an American show called Full House, when they were just 9 months old. Even though they’re not often seen on TV anymore, the sisters are doing well for themselves: they have an estimated net worth of $100 million.

Fake Twins

In 1988, a film called Twins was released. The film featured the unlikely pairing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito playing twins who were separated at birth. They did not know about each other until their 35th birthday, when Arnie is told about his long-lost brother and sets out to find his twin. The film was a big success, making over $200 million in cinemas. In fact, they are currently working on a sequel called Triplets, which will star Eddie Murphy as their long-lost brother. This is not a joke.

Twin Language

Some research suggests that when they are babies, twins actually speak to each other in their own special language that no one else can understand. It is estimated that up to 40% of twins create a private language. This is called cryptophasia, and we don’t teach it at Kaplan yet!

Are there any other fun facts about twins that you want to share? Or are you a twin yourself with a secret language? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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