Many ancient legends have it that twins were evil or sinful and their mothers were humiliated, shunned, or even killed, sometimes along with their newborn babies. On the other hand, China and Japan consider them lucky – Asian cultures see children as a blessing, with two seen as better than one.
Another reason for our slight obsession with twins could be because people are naturally curious and maybe even a little jealous about what it could be like growing up with an equal, who may also look just like them. Though the old switcheroo trick is not as possible as you may think (identical twins are more rare than fraternal), we have all probably wondered about being a twin.
Twins used to be extremely rare, so perhaps that’s where the original interest sparked from. There was, however, a 76 percent rise in twin births between 1980 and 2009 and the rate has remained steady since then. Many factors play a role in someone’s likelihood of having twins, but two main reasons are age and fertility treatments. Nowadays, many mothers are waiting to have children and scientists proved that women over 30 are more likely to have twins, due an increase in hormone production.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, has also contributed to a rise in twin rates. With the first successful IVF pregnancy taking place in 1978, many women began using this as a way to get pregnant, with the process also increasing the chance of conceiving multiple babies.
Though it seems like we all know at least one set of twins, even today, they only make up about 4 percent of babies born in the U.S. Aside from our friends or family members, there are also some pretty famous celebrities who have a body double. Most of us know about Mary-Kate and Ashley and other dynamic duos like Tia and Tamera Mowry, but there are actually quite a few stars with doppelgängers who you may not even know about.
Some celebrities have twins who are also in the showbiz industry, while others have ones who’ve chosen to live a life outside the spotlight. Most of our favorite celeb twins are very close and keep a strong relationship throughout their fame and fortune. It’s hard to picture two people who share a womb for nine months not sharing their entire lives together, but some do separate at least for a little bit for college or traveling to see what it’s like to be independent. They usually find their way back to their lifetime besties eventually, though. It must be because the saying is true: they are just two peas in a pod.