I have a twin brother (this was a fun fact my students really like the other day, so I figured I would post about him today!). Yes, I am 6 minutes
wiser older so I like to think of myself as his big sister and he, my little brother. Another fun fact is that we are not identical. I know that sounds funny, but I get that a lot from people…ok, mostly kids but I might be concerned that these kids will grow up to be misinformed adults.
I hope that you all are very well informed, but since I teach science, I
love telling people what I know figured I should also share a mini science refresher tidbit for everyone. The only way twins are identical is if the zygote (that’s the next step after the sperm and egg become friends) splits in utero, essentially making two identical copies of the itty bitty pre-baby with the same DNA. That’s why they are identical; they have the same recipe in both babies. Part of why this fact is important (the whole reason it’s important , actually) is that your DNA states if you will be genetically a boy or girl. If there are two babies with the same DNA, i.e. identical twins, they’re both boys or both girls. So there is no way that Ben and I could be identical because he is a boy and I am a girl. We are what you call fraternal twins – this is when two separate eggs are fertilized by two separate sperm. We are no more similar than any other brother and sister except that we shared a uterus for 8.5 months. BAM! Science.
So anyway, Ben has recently gotten into working out. A lot. It’s his new thing.
Part of his work out plan is eating. A lot.
He has been working out and eating so much that he has really put on a ton of muscle. His other new nickname is Beef Stew since he really beefed up. I only called him that once but I think that still counts as an official nickname.
He also drinks a lot of milk in his plan. I think about a gallon a day. He used to bring them into work with his name on it and everyone knew it was his milk even without the name.
In honor of his accomplishments of buffing up, I made him this cattoon for our birthday last July.
Footnote 1: Haha, someone he knew even asked him if he was on steroids….nope just growth hormones from all the milk he’s been drinking.
Footnote 2: I have friends, Dave and Chris, who are brothers 3 years apart but born on the same day. Once I said to them, being totally earnest, “Man, it must suck to have to share your birthday with someone else.” Wow, Lindsay. Wow.
Footnote 3: No, Ben and I do not look alike. We actually won 3rd and 2nd place two years in a row in our age class for least alike male and female twin at the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, OH. Granted, there were only like 5 sets of twins, maybe. Once when we went to the festival we both wore some sweet overalls and matching day camp t-shirts. Yeah, we were awesome.