National Twins Day is celebrated every year on December 18th to honor the unique bond between twins. Twins are a fascinating subject, and there are many interesting facts and stories about them. In this blog post, we will explore some fun facts about twins that you may not be aware of!
Twins Can Have Different Birthdays
Twins who are born just before midnight and just after midnight can have different birthdays, even if they are born only a few minutes apart. This is because the date changes at midnight, so if one twin is born at 11:55 pm on December 31st and the other is born at 12:05 am on January 1st, they will have different birth dates, and in this case, different birth months and birth years!
Twins Can Communicate in Their Own Language
Some twins develop their own language or way of communicating with each other that is not understood by others. This is called twin language or idioglossia. While it’s not common for twins to develop their own language, it has been observed in some cases and is a very interesting phenomenon.
They Can Have Different Personalities
Contrary to popular belief, twins rarely have identical personalities. While identical twins share the same DNA, they will still have different personalities due to environmental factors and life experiences. Fraternal twins, who do not share the same DNA, are even more likely to have different personalities.
Twins Can Be Born with Different Skin Colors
Twins can be born with different skin colors, even if they are identical. This is because skin color is determined by multiple genes, and different combinations of these genes can result in different skin colors. In rare cases, twins can also be born with different hair colors and eye colors.
They Can Sense Each Other’s Emotions
Twins have a unique bond that allows them to sense each other’s emotions and feelings. They can often feel each other’s pain, joy, and sadness, even when they are not in the same room. This is called twin telepathy and is a subject of much fascination and research.
Multiple Births Are More Common Than Ever Before
Twins are becoming more common than ever before due to advancements in fertility treatments and maternal age. In 1980, the rate of twin births was 1 in 53. By 2015, the rate had increased to 1 in 31. That is a huge jump in the number of twins being born each year! (Wish our teachers luck!)
These fun facts only scratch the surface of what makes twins so unique. National Twins Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the bond between twins and learn more about their fascinating world. Whether you’re a twin yourself or simply fascinated by their stories, take a moment to appreciate the special connection that twins share, and be sure to share this post with your favorite twin!