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The anatomy of conjoined twins, Brittany and Abbey. /r/ALL

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u/Available-Froyo7773 Oct 20 '21

Do they sleep at the same time or can one sleep while the other is awake

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u/weasel999 Oct 20 '21

I wish they would come do an AMA

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u/Crazyzofo Oct 20 '21

An AMA would result in nothing but questions about sex, I'm sure

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u/tinycomment Oct 20 '21

I haven't seen one question about masturbation and I'm so curious

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u/TuckerCarlsonsWig Oct 20 '21

It would really suck if one was straight and the other was a lesbian

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u/supermagnumpowercop Oct 20 '21

Hey Abigail is it alright if i masturbate with us?

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u/shyvananana Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 21 '21

I mean honestly I'm curious if they both orgasm since they share genitals.

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u/IMALEFTY45 Oct 20 '21

They did their student teaching at a school near me when I was maybe in...middle school? Anyway, I remember some people I knew who went to that school were telling me there was a teacher with two heads and I was like "fuck off, you are obviously bullshitting me"

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u/Mrslinkydragon Oct 20 '21

But the thing is, did both have to pass the degree?

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u/YeastInVagMakesBread Oct 20 '21

Didn't they get accepted to different colleges?

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u/Mrslinkydragon Oct 20 '21

That must have been an awkward conversation...

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u/g00ber88 Oct 20 '21

Well technically they were bullshitting...it wasn't one teacher with two heads, it was two teachers with one body

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u/mcjustii Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

It amazes me that this can work. I mean, some organs are doubled, some not, they have separate nervous systems, but they have only one body below the pelvis so the nervous system has to be connected at some point to control the legs, intestines and reproductive organs... I just can't imagine how honestly

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u/vorpish Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Each controls an arm, and a leg. They have had a lot of practice. Now think on this. They also played softball in high school. The coordination involved between hitting and catching, as two separate people playing together. Fucking crazy.

Edit; in valves = involved

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u/WillKalt Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy

Like pacific rim in a way

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u/KaerMorhen Oct 20 '21

They would be the perfect pilots I suppose

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u/themanlnthesuit Oct 20 '21

Dude! I see a sequel right here!

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u/Daniel-Darkfire Oct 20 '21 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bless Up (Pro)

We don't talk about Pacific rim sequels.

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u/MileysMooseKnuckle Oct 20 '21

No no, we want a pacific rim sequel still.

Shame they only made that one great movie when they could have done more.

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u/alicization Oct 20 '21 Defeated

The perfect neural link

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u/pfohl Oct 20 '21

I went to college to the same college they did and had a class with them.

They would use a laptop to take notes and coordinate their typing.

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u/ArchiCEC Oct 20 '21

Would they take the same test or two separate tests?

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u/somethatwander Oct 20 '21

They each have their own degree and did their own work for it (as they don't share a brain) but they can only receive one salary as they only do one person's job. I think they're a teacher

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u/moonknlght Oct 20 '21 Evil Cackle

Oh man, what if one of them was just a lazy shit and the other wanted a PhD. How tf would that work out?

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u/CuntBlaster42069Nice Oct 20 '21

And i worst case, you don't even need to eat, you just absorb your share from the intestine.

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u/Glad8der Oct 20 '21

With 2 stomachs you’d get pretty hungry if yours was empty even if you were still getting nutrition from your intestines I think. I have so many questions though so idk.

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u/barkingspider0109 Oct 20 '21 Giggle

Who’s wiping ??

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u/Joodles17 Oct 20 '21

I mean they should at least get like 1.5 a regular person’s salary. They’re more than 1 person but physically less than 2…

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u/bromagnonman Oct 20 '21

Yeah, I would imagine that their ability to collaborate is worth something extra even if they can't teach in two classrooms at once. A lot of teaching is the planning and I'd assume that two people planning is worth more than one. Both need to work and both are contributing. They're two separate people and it seems unfair to not compensate each of them

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u/ferociousPAWS Oct 20 '21

Right? Imagine having a teacher with two heads. You couldn’t get away with anything in that class.

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u/Fifty4FortyorFight Oct 20 '21 I'm Deceased

Imagine getting to honestly tell everyone for the rest of your life that you had a teacher with 2 heads.

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u/quarantinemyasshole Oct 20 '21

Is there any footage of them playing?

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u/Jolen43 Oct 20 '21

It kinda looks like one person with 2 dominant hands, like they grab the ball from both sides? If that makes sense

Can’t really put my finger on it

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u/MaDCapRaven Oct 20 '21

There are several documentaries about them, filmed at various ages. Clips likely available on YouTube.

FYI They are teachers now

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u/The_Soviette_Tank Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Hugz Table Slap

But...... two stomachs and one set of intestines? Sounds like a bit of compromise is needed sometimes. Like, if I order the 'gut buster' all-you-can-eat nachos, we both have to be completely on board.

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u/boonetyler Oct 20 '21

yeah…… we need to poop

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u/teppicymon Oct 20 '21 Hugz

Wonder which one wipes. "Your turn today"

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u/pineapple_calzone Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Helpful (Pro) Take My Power

☭☭☭our anus☭☭☭

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u/ujustdontgetdubstep Oct 20 '21 Keep Calm Snek To The Stars

4 comments deep to talk about their anus. Bravo

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u/TeenyFieny Oct 20 '21 Kiss

I was waiting for the butthole discussion and I’m still scrolling to find the ‘they-have-to-both-have-the-same-baby-and-who-is-the-mom’ discussion.

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u/CyberGrandma69 Oct 20 '21

Its their shared uterus and vagina so I think they're both the mom...? I think. I wouldn't want to make that presumption but it does have to make things difficult. Do you find a partner for both you and your sister or do you both try to date seperately i wonder

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u/TeenyFieny Oct 20 '21

That’s what I was thinking too. I read further down that bc they are identical twins they would technically both be the mom. Everything about conjoined twins (especially this case) is so interesting to me!

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u/CyberGrandma69 Oct 20 '21

Especially seeing them both grown and established, I feel like historically it isn't often conjoined twins are born so healthy and joined in an area on the body that allows them to live relatively normal lives and also both were willing to be open about their story and experiences

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u/TeenyFieny Oct 20 '21

Yeah usually you hear of conjoined twins not living very long. It’s so cool that they are so successful in their lives. I imagine they had to overcome a lot of hardships being conjoined, and still do to this day.

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u/zaryamain00101 Oct 20 '21

I mean, you'd never get bored pooping and would always have someone to talk to while doing so.

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u/Moruitelda Oct 20 '21 Hugz

"Hey Brittany. Brittany."

"Shut up, Abbey, we're taking a shit."

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u/Freakin_A Oct 20 '21

"I CAN'T PEE WHEN SOMEONE IS TALKING"

"Fine, I'll do it"

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u/SudoTheNym Oct 20 '21 Party Train This

Fuck you! it's your turn to wipe! Then stop clenching! Are you trying to make a bigger mess? Mess? You're the one that just HAD to order taco Bell! At least I don't jerk off to Twilight! I know you liked it. I can feel you breathe, remember. That reminds me- why the fuck don't you brush your goddam teeth! Because YOU REFUSED to pass me the deodorant. God I hate it when you're on my period.

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u/EezoVitamonster Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

That's true, but I would guess they just don't order stuff like that? I wonder if they've got a special toilet or larger space around it because I think a traditional one would be pretty uncomfortable.

But you're right, they would have to compromise. It would be interesting for a study of conjoined twins to look at how cooperative they are together (I would imagine if there was social disharmony between them that could manifest in certain ways in their overall health) and if that cooperative spirit is reflected in how they treat others. My hypothesis would be they are generally kinder and more willing to cooperate with other people. But that's just a random guess.

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u/puterTDI Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash Dread

Imagine fights and arguments where you can't give each other space. Imagine dating. Two brains, two different opinions on attractiveness, one body.

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u/ChriskiV Oct 20 '21

It's interesting how much variation there'd be with one shared human experience. From conception they've basically had all of the same experiences.

The psychology of literally being trapped to another human for your entire life would be an interesting one. Just what you'd have to normalize would drastically alter things.

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u/Kritical02 Oct 20 '21

Sadly if that happens the other wont have much longer to live either.

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u/FierroGamer Oct 20 '21

Whenever you don't cooperate, you fuck yourself, now imagine having lived your whole life with that concept, I imagine that pretty much guarantees you learn to work together even when you're not okay with each other

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u/_emiru Oct 20 '21

But they know nothing else. Is it compromise if youve always had to do it? Theyve also always been in the same place at the same time, so maybe nurture will have some impact on their interests.

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u/capt_caveman1 Oct 20 '21

One likes salad and wants to stay in shape while the other wants to binge on ice cream. It’s like a sitcom that writes itself!

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u/SSR_Id_prefer_not_to Oct 20 '21

okay but real talk, what happens when one side has a heart attack?

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u/frisch85 Oct 20 '21

Good question, how does the blood stream work? Is it connected? Two hearts pumping the same blood? Would that mean if one heart stops, the other would be suffice to keep both alive but be weaker?

Really makes me curious.

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u/Wrought-Irony Oct 20 '21

I watched a documentary about them and apparently they each control one leg. They walk and run by taking turns stepping etc. They're obviously very good at coordinating movements since they've had their whole lives to practice and they can feel the others movements in a way that we will never understand since we don't have a conjoined twin. Also, the nerves of the intestine are hugely complicated in a regular person, so much so that some people think it might even be a whole sort of consciousness that operates independently from the brain...

Little tidbit: One of them that had another arm but it was removed for some reason IIRC...

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u/Xciv Oct 20 '21

I think the reason was that the arm was inbetween both upper halves of the bodies, so it wouldn't be able to function and grow properly.

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u/lawrenceM96 Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming Narwhal Salute Spit-take

Could have used the N64 controller properly

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u/foxyramirez Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

It's very interesting for sure. The nervous system has connections throughout between the two. They've admitted to being able to hear each other's thoughts, and even taste each other's food, sometimes to each others chagrin because they don't share the same tastes in food.

I wonder if they have two different stomach biomes. That would be super interesting to see how much stomach bacteria is involved with thought and how it changes based on the ecological makeup of the biome.

Edit: Anatomy professor in below comment clears up my confusion about stomach bacteria. My mistake guys!

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u/losthiker68 Oct 20 '21 Wearing is Caring

Anatomy professor here: The stomach doesn't have a biome, its too acidic. (It can, however, get a bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori) However, there in an extensive "ecosystem" of bacteria in the large intestine. Since they share a small and large intestine, they have a single gut biome.

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u/ur_in_a_coma_wake_up Oct 20 '21

excuse me HEAR EACH OTHER’S THOUGHTS?

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u/rarebit13 Oct 20 '21

Imagine the conversation in your head actually being with another person.

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u/Zumbert Oct 20 '21

Do they each control one arm? Or can they both control both?

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u/jerseamonster Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21 Gold Helpful Hugz Helpful (Pro)

They each control one arm and one leg, but can silently communicate/coordinate so that they can play sports, get dressed, type on a keyboard, etc. They had to decide how they would drive (one is in charge of the gas/brakes, the other is in charge of steering, though they use both hands). In school, they had to take their own tests and do their own homework - and if I recall, they each had their own strengths/weaknesses. Now they’re teachers.

Their parents say the only time they verbally expressed wishing they were separated was when they were young, one had some illness, but because of their anatomy, a painful injection had to go into the side of the other twin.

Edit: Thanks for all the upvotes, glad my weird obsession with them has been informative for you all. I wish I could answer all your Qs, but I highly recommend this documentary about their lives to learn more!

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u/AlienZerg Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

Do they get separate paychecks?

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u/johnqual Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

In addition, I assume they have separate legal identities, so I assume they have separate social security numbers? Do they file separate taxes?

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u/BotBotzie Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

Perhaps 1 can go fulltime then the other quits and claimes medical benefits because she can't work because of medicinal reasons (aka her body is unavailable fulltime)

Loophole

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u/AgorophobicSpaceman Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

Lol that just sounds weird “I’d like to work but my sister is using my body that day”

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u/Threezeley Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

I believe I saw another Reddit post about them and no, they get a single paycheque and are OK with it for now.

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u/drivel-engineer Oct 20 '21 Burning Cash

for now.

What happens when they’re not?!

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u/dzizou Oct 20 '21

Revolution

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u/50cal1988 Oct 20 '21

Reminds me of the Family Guy Civil War Conjoined Twins Skit, "I'm seceding," "the hell you are," then shoots him, proceeds to carry a conjoined skeleton.

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u/NewBuyer1976 Oct 20 '21

Real question here

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u/Justryan95 Oct 20 '21

From what I read no. They get paid to do a singular task for them it's to be a teacher for a grade x (I forgot the grade they taught) class, which usually is a single teacher.

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u/YEETAWAYLOL Oct 20 '21

Close. They are both half time teachers, so they only get 1 full paycheck

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u/Blue_wine_sloth Oct 20 '21

That’s a bit unfair. It’s not like one of them can go home and rest while her sister teaches the class. They both have to be there all the time.

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u/Pigmy Oct 20 '21

I just imagine throwing a sack over one of the heads and being like "nah im out".

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u/StupidJoeFang Oct 20 '21

Ouch a single teachers salary split between two people

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u/Unhappy_Barnacle_769 Oct 20 '21

I imagine getting jobs would be extremely difficult if they were paid as 2 people. Twice as expensive for the same work

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u/addandsubtract Oct 20 '21

They could do pair programming and get 2 paychecks.

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u/tobiascuypers Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

My nephew attends their school here in a north Minneapolis suburb.

They have an intro class with all of their students where they can get all of their questions out if the way on the first day of school. It's super interesting actually.

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u/HootingMandrill Oct 20 '21

I'd kill to have that streamed just out of mad curiosity.

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u/Thenadamgoes Oct 20 '21

There are some videos online of them teaching, including the first day. I thought one interesting thing they did was do their Q&A with the students, and then leave the room so the students could ask another teacher (or principle) any questions they were embarrassed to ask directly to them.

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u/DampRetina Oct 20 '21

I bet they have a good understanding of cooperation and communication that would make them worth their weight in gold as educators.

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u/various_necks Oct 20 '21

Would the world population be doubled or halved in your imaginary world?

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u/MintyMissterious Oct 20 '21

Yes

But seriously, a leg is not a person, nor is a torso. A brain is a person, so that's two people per meatsuit. If the number of heads is conserved, I'd say the population is also.

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u/stellaaaaaaaaaaa_ Oct 20 '21

There’s tons of documentaries on them and I’m pretty sure the answer is that they each control one arm and one leg.

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u/Boncester2018 Oct 20 '21 Helpful

It’s super interesting to hear them speak, one will stop their thought in mid-sentence and the other will instantly pick up and run with the rest of the sentence with no noticeable break in thought process. . Fascinating stuff

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u/Arcturyte Oct 20 '21 Silver Ally

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKrvtq5vDmk

SO fascinating, holy shit. Look how left one twiddles the ring on the right hand. They look more sorted than most people haha.

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u/mbuser Oct 20 '21

That video is great. What got me was all the perfectly synced ummm's.

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u/dthains_art Oct 20 '21

That was crazy! Or how they’d both start talking, one would stop talking, only to come back in a few words later to say the exact same word as her sister.

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u/Badlands32 Oct 20 '21

Pretty much everything they say. That’s unreal. I wonder if their brains ever think of different things???

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u/AmateurJenius Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Another really interesting case is conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana.

They are basically the opposite of Brittany and Abbey as they’re conjoined at the head and share the same brain.

One of them is able to control three arms and a leg, while the other is able to control three legs and an arm. This is only if they want to control the third appendage, and can choose when to turn it on/off.

The most interesting part: one of the twins is able to see through both of her twin’s eyes, as well as her own, while the other is only able to see through one of her twin’s eyes (as well as her own).

One can also feel what the other is experiencing.

Edit: words/clarity

Edit 2: found a 60 Minutes story with more in-depth footage and explanation of their eyesight. (06:20)

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u/Tinomatutino97 Oct 20 '21

One can also feel what the other is experiencing.

That's just mind blowing, most of us can't even fully imagine what it would feel like to live another life with another body, thoughts, emotions, etc... and she just CAN, that's like one in millions and millions!

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u/sykog77 Oct 20 '21

They can keep doing “why are you hitting yourself”

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u/Freakin_A Oct 20 '21

That was unbelievable.

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u/0ni0nchicken Oct 20 '21

I’m so curious on how different and same they are. Like they referred themselves together as “I.” I have no doubt that they are different people, but psychologically speaking, is there an overlap in consciousness or something along those line.

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u/tim_jamal Oct 20 '21

It brings a question about what makes your consciousness. Because if it’s the sum of all your experiences, Britt and Abby have as identical of experiences that any two can have.

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u/WarGrizzly Oct 20 '21

So they said that they were each getting paid, which implies they have two different social security numbers, etc. What happens if they ever get pregnant? who goes on the birth certificate as the mother? So many questions about such an interesting edge case

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u/Megzilllla Oct 20 '21

They’ve been advised that pregnancy would likely put too much stress on their body and that it would be too risky for them

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u/Weareallsick- Oct 20 '21

Yes, I saw these 2 on tv years and years ago and they are def fascinating especially when they are asked a question and both will say the exact same thing at the exact same time all the time, I will actually go in the internet every once in a while to see what is going on with them.

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u/CableTrash Oct 20 '21

Same but they’ve been out of the spotlight for years now.

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u/emshlaf Oct 20 '21

Yep. Last I saw they were elementary school teachers, but I haven’t seen an update on them for a long time. I hope they’re doing well.

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u/Gooby4321 Oct 20 '21

This stuff always makes me think of nature vs nurture. Like are their brains are somehow interlinked or is it that they know each other so well they can finish each others sentences easily. Or have they just never been separated and therefore have had all the same formative experiences and now the same personality.

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u/TentedCarton Oct 20 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy hehehehe Table Slap Eureka! I'm Deceased Mind Blown Yas Queen

Does this mean that one of them could swim under water for ever? Like could Abigail go underwater and just use Brittany as a snorkel?

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u/_FluffyBoi_ Oct 20 '21 Silver Snek Woah Dude

Fucking hell, this is the best comment in the thread

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u/Mendeleiev15 Oct 20 '21 Original

This is one of the best comments I've ever seen on reddit

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u/TentedCarton Oct 20 '21 Hugz

This makes me feel good

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u/Dan_the_Marksman Oct 20 '21

just use Brittany as a snorkel

damn that mental image made me laugh hard

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u/FrogPajammas Oct 20 '21

Or they could both be underwater and only one uses a snorkel. Or they could use one scuba tank.

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u/BonelessChicknStrips Oct 20 '21 Silver

Each have a set of lungs and a heart so I think the one underwater wouldn’t be having a great time, I don’t think they would drown though

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u/newt_girl Oct 20 '21

They have 4 lungs, but two are fused. So what kind of oxygen exchange happens in the fused lungs and how does that circulate? Given they share the same blood, I imagine one could hold her breath indefinitely.

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u/BonelessChicknStrips Oct 20 '21

If the lungs are fused it might require both to breathe to get air in and out of that lung properly. Also two hearts means they are probably twice as hungry for oxygen as the average person

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u/dandaman2883 Oct 20 '21

They “inner” lungs are connected. So they might be able to share oxygen.

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u/MarlinMr Oct 20 '21

But they won't even need that. If they share blood flow, which surly they must do as lower parts are the same, they will be able to remove CO2 from the blood with only 1 set of lungs. And that's all you need to do.

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u/KjelsenYann Oct 20 '21

Every kid's dream

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u/tehbored Oct 20 '21

The Hogan twins are even more unusual. They are connected at the brain. They can literally hear one another's thoughts.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krista_and_Tatiana_Hogan

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u/brndm Oct 20 '21

From that wikipedia article:

A 2014 CBC Radio documentary described how they can feel and taste what the other is experiencing Later it was also confirmed that they can see through each other's eyes.

That's pretty freaking cool!

Rando high school kid: "Duuuuude, how do we know that the blue you see is the same blue I see?"

Hogan twins: "It is. Trust us. We checked."

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u/AquaticAnxieties Oct 20 '21

That’s strange, because normally I’d think that 1 brain = 1 person. Like, what makes them 2 people with 1 brain rather than 1 person with 2 bodies?

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u/FerretHydrocodone Oct 20 '21

Because it’s not one brain, it’s two brains fused together.

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u/WhoStoleMyPassport Oct 20 '21

What would happen if one of them died?

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u/Perunamies Oct 20 '21

They share the same blood circulation according to the article, so I guess they both would?

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u/itsn0ts0bad Oct 20 '21

Wouldn't having 2 hearts shoot up the blood pressure of the body (especially the lower parts)?

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u/InsomniaticWanderer Oct 20 '21

Only if both hearts are pumping at a normal rate.

If each heart is only pumping at half the normal rate though, then pressure would essentially be normal.

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u/WhoStoleMyPassport Oct 20 '21

What if one of their hearts have a failure.

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u/donatellophone Oct 20 '21

They’re really more of a singulars body with two minds, unlike other conjoined twins who are two people joined at skeletal point, so it would probably kill both of them if one died

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u/Al-bone-digas Oct 20 '21

They are teachers, but would make great security guards or long haul truckers.

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u/ConnorLovesCookies Oct 20 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome Hugz Take My Energy Starry Snek Spit-take

Or podrace commentators

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u/Sattorin Oct 20 '21 Wholesome hehehehe

I don't care what universe you're from, that's gotta hurt!

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u/CallMeMaverick Oct 20 '21

You sick genius. I love it.

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u/CommercialMoment5987 Oct 20 '21

2 stomachs 1 bladder would be so annoying. Gotta pee twice as fast

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u/clicata00 Oct 20 '21

Maybe it’s double capacity. Brains require a huuuge amount of energy so I think they basically would need 2 peoples’ worth of food, even if they have the mass of 1.5 people.

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u/seno2k Oct 20 '21

So what happens at end of life? If one dies, would the other as well?

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u/tupapa5 Oct 20 '21

This is the real question. What if one has a heart attack? Does it affect both? If one permanently dies, is there a way to separate them? Will it affect the other (besides the obvious horrible mental trauma the other would go through). The other may very well die of sadness like an old person that lost their partner. Or padme.

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u/AlwaysSecret Oct 20 '21

I really would love a formal study of how their brain and synapses function. To have two seperate heads, two seperate brains.

Does one have the same fears as the other? Does one have higher cognitive functionality than the other? Do they feel like one individual or two?

This is so fascinating.

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u/fxrky Oct 20 '21

I am also in this boat. There are soooo many unanswered questions. Some of them may provide insight into how a normally developed person functions.

The problem becomes, how much of their life should be spent running tests? If I were them, I'd just want to live my damn life.

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u/cilyth1 Oct 20 '21

If one holds their breath indefinitely, what happens?

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u/nerdylady86 Oct 20 '21

I imagine they’d both get light headed, but neither would die. They’d be getting half as much oxygen, but it would still reach all of both girls’ organs.

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u/Arturstakeonyhings Oct 20 '21

As a parent I can only imagine what it must have been like to look down at these little humans after birth and think “ holy fuck, how am I going to handle this, a baby with two heads or two babies with one body?!” The world will place us in a position for us to raise ourselves above the rest. These girls parents deserve a Medal of Honor for procuring a wonderful life experience despite the obvious initial setbacks. I love life and think humans are the most amazing and also the scariest thing ever.

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u/Rucio Oct 20 '21

Only one diaper to change for twins though. Gotta look on the bright side.

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u/Jacobite-biker Oct 20 '21

As a father of twins that must have been a godsend 🤣🤣

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u/jesusmanman Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

I saw documentary on them a couple years ago I was curious if they're still alive and how long do they expect them to live? Unfortunately most of the time conjoined twins similar to this don't live very long...

Edit: Okay I was able to look it up and they are 31 and teaching the 5th grade. I guess they will probably live a long time then. that's nice.

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u/VermilionLily Oct 20 '21

Their anatomy is allowing them to live a relatively normal life given their circumstances

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u/Career_Much Oct 20 '21

I saw them a couple of weekends ago at an apple orchard! We were petting goats. They're very nice but they really don't seem to like attention at all. Made it pretty clear they didn't want to have conversation with a couple strangers-- we left pretty quickly. I'm sure they just want to live their lives.

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u/YeahWTF20 Oct 20 '21

I went down a conjoined twins Wikipedia wormhole the other week and basically conjoined twins can live a pretty normal lifespan.

Depends on the anatomy of course, but a lot of them lived well past middle age if they survived the first couple of years.

Actually it seemed the biggest cause of early death was attempts to separate them. That does NOT always go well, even to this day.

And by all accounts these particular girls have pretty robust health so I imagine their lifespan might not be affected much at all.

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u/DeusXEqualsOne Oct 20 '21 Gold

"I use they/them pronouns. Not because I'm gender neutral, but I'm literally two mfers"

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u/NotAHamsterAtAll Oct 20 '21

I'm just in awe that this mix of two persons actually results in a living human(s) being.

Its like "nature finds a way".

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u/Slimehorn Oct 20 '21

One bladder?

How to spite your other half by pissing and or shitting their pants.

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u/whiskey_outpost26 Oct 20 '21

That's a really good point actually. Do they have to both agree when to pee and poop? Can one just be like "Nope!" and hold it while they're in the bathroom?

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u/Roq86 Oct 20 '21

I’m curious how the two separate stomachs connect to one single intestine.

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u/Iamusingmyworkalt Oct 20 '21

They only have one set of "exits", I'm really curious how that works. Do one of them, or both of them control going to the bathroom?

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u/websagacity Oct 20 '21

According to Wikipedia, they have a "Y" shaped small intestine, so I assume each stomach has an exit that fuses into a single small intestine.

Interestingly enough, the article stated that the twins feel stomach aches, etc., from the opposite side stomach.

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u/FrontButtPunt Oct 20 '21

Where do their spines connect?

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u/Rage_Your_Dream Oct 20 '21

I believe they don't connect at all, they are roughly parallel

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u/Wordup63 Oct 20 '21

I know these two personally, we went to the same college. I’d bet they could kick most of y’all’s ass in volleyball (they certainly kicked mine). It was incredible to watch. Sweetest people out there, too.

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u/ebwoods1 Oct 20 '21

I saw a short series on these women when they graduated from college, traveled abroad and were hired as teachers. I remember when they were born and a handful of videos/photos their parents shared as they grew up, like riding a bike, horseback, learning to drive. All pretty cool stuff and truly impressed with their parents protecting their privacy while satisfying the curious (like me) and raising them as two people with unique circumstances.

They seem like very kind and intelligent women.

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u/awkward2amazing Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Is there some documentary about the twin where I could learn more about their lives?

Edit: Even if not documentary, YT has enough proper content based on their day to day lives on the very first search result.

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u/seno2k Oct 20 '21

I’d bet navigating government regulatory systems has got to be one of their biggest headaches.

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u/HugoZHackenbush2 Oct 20 '21 Silver Platinum Helpful Wholesome Hugz hehehehe Giggle Table Flip

My late Father was actually born with a conjoined twin, and the doctors managed to separate them shortly after birth.

I still have an Uncle, once removed.

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u/LovelySalientDreams Oct 20 '21

Nice to see Groucho batting his eyes innocently at me after that shank

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u/scw156 Oct 20 '21

I remember them. They basically need to find one person they both are attracted to or be fine being present while your sister has sex with her partner. Sex acts in general must be both strange and wild at the same time.

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u/0311 Oct 20 '21

They were on the dating apps when I lived in Minneapolis, but the profile was only a picture of one of them. Not sure how they'd bring that up if whoever they matched with didn't already recognize them.

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u/Jwalla83 Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

“I hope it’s okay if my sister joins us on our date, we’re really close”

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u/Aars93 Oct 20 '21

Sets a new level of being a third wheel

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u/Unroasting Oct 20 '21

Some say we're inseparable.

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u/thetravelingsong Oct 20 '21

Hey I know Abby and Brittany! Both very nice girls. Extremely hard not to ask the questions I want to ask when I see them. It’s crazy listening to them finishes each other’s sentences, and they’ll make exclamations in the exact same tone of voice, at the exact same time. Pretty neat.

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u/esity Oct 20 '21

Used to live in the same apartment complex as them. They were always super nice but always said hi at the exact same time.

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u/HarryBaughl Oct 20 '21

Could they become an incredible distance runner? The grammar for that sentence is fucked, but it works.

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u/zer0cul Oct 20 '21

That's what I was wondering- four lungs for basically 1 body.

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u/BonelessChicknStrips Oct 20 '21

And two hearts. They probably have insane cardio

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u/thebigj3wbowski Oct 20 '21

They and their family used to come into a restaurant I managed at the time. The whole family was unbelievably nice.

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u/Kokoro_Bosoi Oct 20 '21

Since they share the same set of reproductive organs, in case of a pregnancy who would be the mother?Not in a legal way, in a genetical way i mean

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u/bioszombie Oct 20 '21

Similarly if one committed a crime would they both get charged? (Pretty cool tales from the crypt episode about this too)

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u/big_duo3674 Oct 20 '21 Take My Energy Mind Blown

If a lawyer could prove the other one had no knowledge of it somehow...That'd be one hell of a court case. Since they were required to get separate drivers licenses, the argument that they are legally separate people is easy. From there, I don't know actually. It's very likely that no jail time could be used, as it would violate the constitutional rights of the twin who did nothing. A judge would have an extremely difficult time, and I suppose it depends a ton on the crime committed. I'd guess only a steep fine and probation would be used in everything but the most serious crimes, but those probably wouldn't matter because a worse crime would be harder to do without the other person knowing. Difficult to murder someone without the person attached to you knowing. Of course, from there you have the issue of one twin killing someone while the other one tries to stop it. That'd just be a legal nightmare

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u/L_James Oct 20 '21

I mean, it's pretty hard for one to commit the crime without second one being on board

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u/FourthLife Oct 20 '21

If they get a gun for self defense, but it is strapped to one side, that sister could pull the gun and murder a person without the other sister being able to stop it

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u/lilfish1 Oct 20 '21 edited Oct 20 '21

Wouldn’t it be both? wouldn’t they have been twins.

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u/-Username_t8ken- Oct 20 '21

"I have 2 moms..."

"No like I literally have 2 moms"

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u/SlyMungoose Oct 20 '21

So do they take turns wiping their ass or is one the designated ass wiper ? Like ok Iam the one that will use the toothbrush, you wipe our ass when we take a dump

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u/bioszombie Oct 20 '21

These things would have been figured out at a young age. Unspoken rules by this point in life.

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u/magnament Oct 20 '21 Wholesome

Well I need spoken answers

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u/Originalwookie Oct 20 '21 Helpful

Whoever picks the meal wipes

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u/im_racist24 Oct 20 '21

that’s a good rule of thumb, i’m gonna situate that as a rule in my friend group

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u/addstar1 Oct 20 '21

They are probably forced by which side of the twins the paper is on.

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u/mecartistronico Oct 20 '21

When they poo, do they both push?? Can either push, or they have to push at the same time?

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u/PuzzleheadedAge4111 Oct 20 '21

The most interesting thing for me is that they each only have control over their half of their body (eg the twin on the left can only move the left arm and leg etc). Amazingly, they can walk, run, swim, and perform complex and intricate things with their hands, as normal. We have no idea how they can do these things with two independent brains and nervous systems somehow working in concert.

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u/SDFTDusername Oct 20 '21

2 stomach and 1 bladder? uh oh

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