As a child you might have fancied being a twin (we blame it on all those ‘Sister Sister’ episodes). Being able to trick your parents into shouting at the wrong person and getting them to sit your maths test for you.
But as an adult, looking identical to a completely separate human being who makes their own decisions (and mistakes) can have some very unfortunate consequences indeed.
Reddit user fimmundo asked people what it is like to be an identical twin and is it not really confusing when you see your sibling?
The answers quickly turned to discussing all the potential pitfalls of being a body double for someone else...awkward.
1. Having Someone Fancy Your Identical Twin But Not You...
2. Strangers Thinking You’re A Cheat
3. Sexuality Cross-Over
“I have uncles who are identical twins. One was married to a woman and had kids, while the other was gay. Often times people would accuse my straight uncle of having a secret gay love life before they realised they were twins. It made it pretty awkward for both of them.”
4. Angry Midwives
5. Inappropriate Grabbing
6. Making Your Children Cry
“When I was little they [dad and uncle] used to play this game where they would sit next to each other and ask me which one was my dad and I could never figure it out and I’d start crying. I’m 20 now and even a few months back we all had dinner together and I accidentally went to the wrong twin thinking it was my dad.”
7. Matching Terrible Outfits
“They can wake up in completely different states, meet up later that evening and be wearing the EXACT same outfit. This has happened so many times it’s not even a question of coincidence anymore. I’m not talking about they both show up in t-shirt and jeans, either. We went on vacation a couple of years ago and they both came down for breakfast wearing bright orange button-up shirts and blue, white and orange striped swimming trunks. So creepy.”