No, you’re not seeing double. The video above—by Alex Markman—is about an annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. The festival welcomes, in their words, “identical, fraternal, young and old, twins, triplets, quads.” While studies of identical twins raised separately have led to lots of different insights on what behavior is genetic (and what’s not), these twins definitely have their own, unique ideas on their shared kinship. Most of the siblings we see here are identical, and their relationships are fascinating.
There are, for instance, the young brothers who consider themselves to be mirror images of each other—one’s a leftie and one’s a righty, and the location of their freckle patches are flipped. Two sisters say they barely need to rehearse dance routines because they both think of the same things to do at the same time. They also say that they can feel each other’s physical pain when they’re apart, assuming it’s bad enough.
We get to watch a pair of geeky male twins—one outgoing, the other shy—getting to know a pair of cheerleaders. It’s a sweet teenage moment, though the boys could no doubt improve their odds if they could just find some mac and cheese—the girls’ favorite food.
Young or old, every pair we meet finds their own line between being the same and different. Watch the charming short film for an in-depth look at twinship.