(1) Twins Village!!
With 250 registered pairs of twins, the Indian village of Kodinhi, in Kerala, has six times more twins born than the world average.
Dr. Krishnan Sribiju has been studying the odd twin phenomenon in Kodhini, for the last six years and says that although 250 pairs have been registered, there may be up to 300-350 sets of twins. Villagers say an unusually high number of twins started being born three generations ago, and it’s been rising ever since.
Because the twins don’t present any deformities, Dr. Sribiju says the twin phenomenon isn’t caused by some pollutant, but by something the villagers of Kodinhi eat and drink. If that proves to be true, this magic element could turn into the next treatment for infertile couples.
The exact reason of this occurrence is not known. It has also been claimed that ladies from Kodinhi village who got married too far away villages have also given birth to twins!
(2) Twins, more that regular siblings , end up leading similar lives. Even the twins separated at birth have been reconnected only to learn that their career, interests and values are uncannily similar.
(3) Women who consume dairy are more likely to have twins. Those vitamins and minerals increase the likelihood of having twins by five times.
(4) Twins may help mom live longer. University of Utah researchers who studies birth and death records between 1800 and 1970 found that the mothers of twins tend to live longer than moms without twins.
(5) To tell twins apart, look at their belly buttons. Navels are scars from the detachment of the umbilical cord after birth, so they aren’t caused by genetics.
(6) Identical twins do not have identical finger print.
(7) About 25 percent of identical twins develop directly facing each other, meaning they become exact reflections of one another. They may be right handed and left handed. They may have birth marks on opposite directions of their body.
(8) Forty percent of twins invent their own language
It might just sound like babble to everyone else, but researchers have found that up to 40 per cent of twins create their own private language that only they can understand. The term is called cryptophasia, and describes how twin babies use each other to learn vocabulary.
(9) Twins can have different fathers
This might sound impossible, but a mother can actually give birth to twins from 2 different fathers. If a woman had sex with 2 different men in a short period of time gap, there’s a chance that she can have a pair of twins from two different biological fathers.
(10) In rare cases, twins can be different races.
(11) The chances of having a twin pregnancy is increased by maternal age (30+).