#2. Twin Brothers Marry Twin Sisters, Produce Twin Babies
Twins love to do everything together, but there's a point where you have to draw the line and give yourself some privacy, otherwise stuff like wedding nights and colonoscopies could get pretty uncomfortable. That line did not exist for identical-twin brothers Craig and Mark Sanders, who got engaged on the same day, got married in the same ceremony, and settled down to live in adjacent houses ... with a pair of identical-twin sisters. One couple then went on to spawn some identical twins of their own.
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Nobody's sure who gave birth to whom anymore.
This sounds like the plot of some terrible sitcom starring the grown-up Olsen twins (they're like 40 now, right?), with Charlie Day and Zach Galifianakis as the husbands, probably, but it's real. It was actually the wives who insisted on doing everything together -- poor Craig and Mark probably hate each other's guts by now.
Mark first met fellow twins Diane and Darlene Nettemeier at the annual Twins Days Festival in (of all places) Twinsburg, Ohio. Striking out and in need of some reinforcements, he rescued the situation by running back to his hotel room to inform his brother Craig that he had two blonde twins waiting for them at the bar. After the obligatory high-fives, the brothers hurried back and immediately hit it off with the ladies, with Craig hooking up with Diane and Mark with Darlene.
Craig Sanders via Nydailynews.com
"Mark has never stopped reminding me that he got the hot one."
The couples started going on dates together and even shared their first kisses at a baseball game (presumably one of the couples just went along with it so it wouldn't be awkward). While on a double date at a casino, the twins won several thousand dollars and, deciding to take that as a sign, they all got engaged right there and then. Since Diane and Darlene had never lived apart, after they got married in a joint ceremony, Craig and Mark agreed to move into adjacent houses with no fences.
Diane and Craig later had twin boys, while Darlene and Mark gave birth to two non-twin girls, with one other kid thrown in there somewhere to ruin the perfect symmetry (great job, kid). Today they enjoy beating everyone else at Twins Days every year and confusing the hell out of neighbors.
"We hate our lives. Please save us from ourselves."
#1. "The Silent Twins" Were Creepier Than the Ones in The Shining
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Twins Jennifer and June Gibbons became notorious in the '80s when they carried out a two-woman crime spree at age 18 that resulted in both sisters being declared psychopaths and sent to England's most famous high-security hospital for the criminally insane. However, they already had plenty of experience being creepy before that: As kids they were known as "the silent twins" because they refused to speak to anyone but each other, and even then they used their own secret language that no one else could understand.
They would have made terrific sidekicks for Two-Face.
Born to Barbadian parents and raised in Wales, Jennifer and June refused to read or write in school, but at home it was the opposite: They read voraciously and filled dozens of diaries with writing, including full novels with names like The Pepsi-Cola Addict and Discomania. Like all children, they liked to play games, but rather than settling for Barbies or Monopoly, they had bizarre rituals where they decided which one would wake up in the morning first or which one would breathe first, and the other one wasn't allowed to do anything until the first one did so.
Attempts to sell their idea to Hasbro were unsuccessful.
Their relationship was complicated. On one hand, they were best friends, and on the other, they occasionally tried to kill each other -- Jennifer tried to strangle June with the cord of a radio, and June responded by throwing Jennifer off a bridge. Their odd behavior escalated as they grew older and turned to petty theft and arson. It was at this point that their parents realized there might be something wrong with the girls and agreed to have them committed (and if they hadn't, the authorities probably would have insisted).
It was toward the end of their 14-year stay at Broadmoor Hospital that the twins would pull off their magnum opus. One day, they told their only friend, journalist Marjorie Wallace (author of their biography, published years earlier), that one of them wouldn't make it out of the hospital alive. Jennifer just looked at Wallace and said, "I'm going to die. We've decided."
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"I did dishes yesterday, so she kind of owes me."
You see, the twins had realized that they could never be free or normal as long as they were both alive, and so, according to Wallace and later interviews by a reformed June, Jennifer agreed to be the one to die. And what do you know, on the day that they were being transferred to a lower security hospital, Jennifer suddenly passed away from a rare heart problem that was never fully explained. As predicted, June became considerably less creepy after she stopped being a twin, and today she lives a quiet life with her family. Which somehow just makes all of the above even weirder.
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