Thursday, 25 November 2010

Facts about Twins

Ok, I know this is cheating and not really writing my own piece but I thought it might be a bit interesting

•The scientific study of twins is known as "gemellology." The word twin is probably derived from an ancient German word twine. which means 'two together.'
•Worldwide there are at least 125 million living multiples.
•The average time between the delivery of the first and second twin is 17 minutes (mine was 9 mins!!)

•Nigeria has the highest rates of multiples with more identical twins than fraternal. while China has one of the lowest with multiple births occurring one in 300 births.
•The largest surviving complete set is of septuplets (in US). Three complete sets of sextuplets survive in the UK (6 girls in 1983. 3 boys and 3 girls in 1986 and 1 boy and 5 girls in 1993).
 •Incredible fact: In 1853. a peasant named Kirilow was presented to the empress of Russia as he had been married twice and his wives gave birth to 72 children including 4 sets of quads. 8 sets of triplets and 8 sets of twins ! (was he on benefits!!)

•The Yoruba tribe of Nigeria have the highest twinning rate in the entire world (3 sets of twins in every 19 births). The Nigerian people attribute it to their population's consumption of a specific type of yam. Scientists have discovered that these colourful vegetables contain a high level of a substance that is similar to the hormone oestrogen. which could bring on multiple ovulation. Chief Adeyemisays "It's an honour to be so-called Baba or Iya Ibeji Father or mother of twins because they are a special breed from God." (do you think they'll prescribe it on the NHS)
 •Multiple births in UK has been on the rise: birth of twins has risen almost 50% from 1984 - 2004 (latest data).

Celebrities who have had Twins

Dennis Quaid

P Diddy, aka Sean Combes

Nancy Sorrell and Vic Reeves.

Holly Hunter
 Al Pacino

Television sport presenter Gabby Logan and former Scotland rugby star husband Kenny

Four Weddings and a Funeral and Sliding Doors star John Hannah

Geena Davis

Julia Roberts

Judy Finnegan

Cybil Shepherd

Jane Seymour

Muhammad Ali

Robert De Niro

Michael J. Fox

William Shakespeare

Mel Gibson

Margaret Thatcher

George W. Bush

Nat King Cole

Mia Farrow

Julio Iglesias

Tony Curtis

Alex Ferguson

Donald Sutherland

Denzel Washington

Ben Elton

Jack Dee


Paul Merson (footballer)

Gordon Ramsay

Fern Britton

Dean Gaffney

Ron Howard

Celebrities/famous people from history who ARE a twin/triplet:

Alanis Morissette

Ashton Kutcher

David Jason had a twin brother who died at birth

Duffy, Welsh soul singer (twin sister Katy)

Elvis Presley, (twin brother Jesse Garon died at birth)

Gisele Bündchen, supermodel has a fraternal twin sister Patrícia

Henry Cooper, British boxer (twin brother George)

Jason Orange, member of Take That (twin brother Justin)

Jay Kay, singer (twin brother died at birth)

Jerry Hall, American model and actress (twin sister, Terry)

Jim Broadbent, actor (twin sister died at birth)

Joseph Fiennes, actor (twin brother, Jacob)

Justin Timberlake is a twin - he had a twin sister, Laura Katherine, who died minutes after birth. He mentions her sometimes in the liner notes of *NSYNC albums.

Karen Elson, supermodel (fraternal twin sister Kate)

Kate Lawler, BB3 winner and TV presenter has a twin sister Karen

Kiefer Sutherland, actor (twin sister Rachel)

Keith Chegwin, TV presenter has a twin brother, Jeff

Linda Hamilton, actress (id sister Leslie, who played the "T-1000 Sarah" in Terminator 2)

Martin and Gary Kemp, actors and former Spandau Ballet members

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, actors

Matt and Luke Goss - 80's pop idols Bros

Maurice and Robin Gibb, The Bee Gees, (Maurice died 2003)

Ronnie and Reggie Kray (notorious gangsters)

Scarlett Johansson, actress (twin brother Hunter)

Shayne Ward, Singer & X-Factor winner has a twin sister Emma

Vin Diesel, actor (fraternal twin brother Paul Vincent)

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