Passing The Time, With Some Cool, Interesting, & Freaky Factoids About Twins!
Cool & Freaky Factoids About Twins
Can twins have 2 fathers? YES, if the mom has sex, close enough to ovulation with two different men, and happens to spontaneously release, two different eggs, then it is absolutely possible to have two babies by two different fathers AT ONCE!! Imagine that child support? Just kidding, but seriously, that is freaky.
A woman gave birth to twins, one who appears to be much lighter skinned, and one much darker (black), and looking nothing alike, so DNA testing was performed. That is when the news broke.
The twins were born to James Harrison and Mia Washington in 2008. Talk about your baby mama drama! I guess he forgives her, because they had a baby girl this year. My husband would have had me packed and 1/2 way down the road, before they finished reading the report. This man has a big heart to forgive her like that! Bless him!
Can twins have different birthdays? OF COURSE, especially if it’s close to midnight, on the day your twins are born, however, it’s possible to have twins born even days or weeks apart, especially, and most commonly, in the cases of pre-term labor, where the mother’s labor is haulted, after the birth of the first twin.
Also, they can be born in different years…NO, not years apart really, but if it’s New year’s eve, then giving birth to two babies in two different years, is a definite possibility. One set of twins, Aaron and Luke Hegenberger, were born only 8 minutes apart, but were born in two different millenniums, back on New Year’s eve, then New Years day, the second twin came, making these twins born in different millenniums. How cool?
*The twins shown in the above photo, were born a whopping 63 days apart to Darren & Kim Rugg! One twin was born very prematurely at only 25 weeks gestation, and the other’s labor was able to be stopped, for an additional 63 days, which is rare, but possible*.
Siamese twins are a very rare occurrence, and the vast majority do not survive to birth. Used to be, that those who did, were seen in freak shows, at the circus, which I find horrific, but if they wanted to, to make a buck, a totally different story, (I’m just not one who likes people that pick on others, due to looks, that are out of their control), but I digress.
Twins Abigail & Brittany Hensel, are 15 yr old girls, who are conjoined at the head. I have seen a Discovery Health special on these fascinating, and lovely young ladies, and they seem very happy & content with their lives, and one another. God bless them & their amazing parents.
Can boy/girl twins be identical?? The answer has always been NO, but now research has shown, it IS possible, but very, very rarely. There have been only 10 confirmed cases of ever such a thing happening, and it’s truly a freak occurrence. It happens when there is a genetic mutation, in monozygotic male twins. For some reason, after the zygote splits, one twin loses a Y chromosome and develops as a female. In conclusion, due to the rarity of this event, it is safe to assume that 99.9% of boy/girl twins, are fraternal. Just a cool factoid!
A Parasitic Twin, is where a normal, healthy twin, is home to an unviable twin, that usually stopped living before birth, but not always, and was incompatible with life, from the start. Missing organs, and/or structures, needed to survive. Some do live off the host twin after birth, but usually not for very long. The blood supply of the host, is what feed the ‘mass’ that grows inside of the healthy twin.
It can grow over time, and removal is greatly encouraged. A little boy had a fetus in fetu, (the twin in twin condition), as shown to your left, and looked about 8 months pregnant, before finally having surgery to remove the other twin from his body. I happen to think the word Parasite, is pretty harsh, for another human being, that sadly wasn’t to be, but it’s their word, not mine.
Who holds the record for the largest twins ever born? Combined weight that is. The heaviest birth weight record for twins, goes to Mrs. J.P. Haskin of Arkansas. They were born on February 20 1924, with a combined weight of 27lbs, 12 oz. Oww……That has got to hurt! I was in pain with only 11! God bless the woman. The twins were individually 14 lbs, and 13 lbs 12 oz. I surely do hope she had a c-section!! My Uni hurts just thinking about it. Anyhow, since then, a couple of mothers have come close, but no one has yet to beat her…Thankfully for them HA!!
*Since I could not find a photo of the record holding woman, who gave birth way back in 1924, here is the second largest set of twins, that weighed in at 10 lbs. 14 oz, and 12 lbs. 3 oz, for a combined weight of 23 lbs, born to parents, Joey and Erin Maynard, in 2008.*