National Twin Day: What Is It Like to Be a Twin?

National Twin Day, established in 1976 in Millsville, Ohio, was started by a set of identical twins, Moses and Aaron Wilcox. The Wilcox brothers donated six acres to Millsville, Ohio, and in exchange, the town agreed to rename it Twinsburg. In 1979 Twinsburg began to host a festival honoring twins with contests and parades. As opposed to the 36 sets of twins who attended the first festival, over 2,000 sets of twins participate now.

Twins are two offspring produced by the same pregnancy. There are two types of twins; fraternal and identical. Fraternal twins are the most common type, as they make up 75% percent of the majority of twins. Identical twins have reverse asymmetrical features and different fingerprints.

Madison and Hope Thurman (Ali Elliott)

Fraternal twins usually don’t look alike and often have opposite personalities. Sophomore twin Hope Thurman says, We are complete opposites. We enjoy different subjects in school, spend our free time in different ways, and we just like different things.”

Twins are generally competitive with each other because they’ve grown up sharing the same things since before they were born. Woodgrove Sophomore twin Madison Thurman, comments, “We get compared a lot. It sometimes doesn’t feel good to be compared, unless you win, of course. I’m glad everyone sees us as different people.” 

Within another set of Woodgrove fraternal twins, Grace Harvey  says that even people who have known her for years still mix her up with her sister, Claire Harvey. “There was one time when someone was in the same class as me for two years and didn’t realize that: 1.) I wasn’t Claire. 2.) She had a twin, and 3.) I was that twin. They didn’t find out until the very last day of school that year.” Their personalities vary just as much as their interests. Grace finds more joy in creative activities while Claire focuses more on academics. 

Joe and Nick Schlosser are also fraternal twins at Woodgrove. Joe claims, “People think we are identical twins and mix us up all the time, but we’re treated separately.” Although they are only two minutes apart, they are vastly different. A definite way to tell the two apart is their height, hair, and interests. Nick likes to try new things like soccer, horseback riding, and piano. Joe, on the other hand, likes to stay at home. 

Identical twins have 99.9% of the same DNA. Mr. Bennett, a Woodgrove Social Science teacher, says he and his identical twin do the exact same things. “We are both teachers. We play tennis, golf, and bowling. We did differ a little in high school, where my twin focused on tennis and I focused more on hockey, but we are always doing the same things.”