The Truth About Multiples

Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets? The world has a long standing obsession with multiples.

1. Multiples come in all forms and combinations.

You can have triplets within quads, and twins within triplets. You can have a set be identical while the others are fraternal; the possibilites are endless.

2. More often than not, they are a total surprise.

4. In other cases, you come to expect them:

Identical twins Diane and Darlene Nettemeier married identical twin brothers Craig and Mark Sanders, and they both gave birth to a set of identical twins!

5. Some identical multiples are very different…

6. …while others are very similar.

7. Not all identical triplets look like this:

9. The whole “evil twin” conspiracy is a myth.

10. And there is no real evidence for ESP among multiples.

Although these twins on Tyra claim to be psychic.

11. Everyone agrees it’s fun to see multiples dressed in matching outfits!

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12. Some twins never stop.

13. Multiples are no picnic for parents.

14. But they seem to enjoy the challenge.

15. And always come up with creative solutions.

This mother in China shaved numbers into her children’s hair to make it easier on school teachers.

16. Multiples lead to double the fun…

17. …or four times the laughter.

18. Just think of all the gag t-shirt possibilities…

19. …and the staged photos to be taken.

20. Twins even launched the term “twinning” which has stemmed multiple meanings:

And of course the Jersey Shore standard definition:

23. Like most siblings, multiples don’t always get along

24. And sharing a birthday can be a drag.

25. Unless you get double the cake.

26. Multiples never worry about facing things alone.

27. They always have a partner in crime.

28. For better or for worse…

29. …some things never change.

30. They have a built-in crew…

31. …who will always have their back.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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