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Background fascination . . . [Feb. 17th, 2016|03:46 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Identical twins have always intrigued me, but . . .

In a video blurb about Twins Day on the New Yorker's web site, they had these eleven year-old boys who are mirror image twins.  They have matching cowlicks, but on opposite sides, and matching freckles, but on opposite sides.  One is right-handed and the other left-handed.  I'd never heard of that before.  I had heard of situs inversus, where a person's organs are in mirror image locations relative to their normal positions.  A lady who teaches physics at Barnard College did a Moth Radio Hour talk about the birth of her son who has situs inversus.  Donny Osmond has it and they didn't realize it till his appendix flared up---on the wrong side.  The eleven year-olds in the Twin Day video didn't say anything about their internal organs, but there's a pair of twin girls on the web, Erin and Ashley Hatfield, who are mirror image twins to the core.  The even weirder thing, if you ask me, is that one of a pair of mirror image twins doesn't always have to have situs inversus; twins can be mirror image on the outside but completely conventional on the inside.

Weird, if you ask me . . . but cool.  Very cool.
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