Seeing Double

Seeing Double
I had to do a double take seeing this yesterday in D.C.



No this is not someone leaning up against a mirror.



This is two people, back-to-back on the train.



They have the same jacket, haircut, glasses, as well as pants and shoes (although you can’t see these in the picture). 



They are looking in same general direction. 



The only difference is the collar that’s up on the guy on the right. 



Imagine if we all looked and dressed and even acted identically…one big homogeneous and ultimately boring and uncreative society.



Please give me some individualism, spontaneity, and make me whole. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

2 Heads Are Better Than 1

My daughter brought this incredible video to my attention–conjoined twins Abby & Brittany–age 22–share a body from the waist down.

They have 2 heads and necks, 3 lungs, 2 hearts, 2 gallbladders, 2 stomachs, 1 liver, 1 large intestine, 1 small intestine, 2 left kidneys and 1 right, 1 pelvis, 1 pair of ovaries, 1 uterus, 1 bladder, 1 vagina, and 1 urethra.

The video asks, what happens if:

– 1 gets sick?
– 1 dies?
– Who is the biological mother, if they have a child?
– How do they handle boyfriends?

I understand that 1 controls the left side of the body and 1 the right side–leaves you to imagine the unbelievable coordination issues to do everyday activities like walk, drive, type, swim, and so on that we take for granted.

Yet, despite their life challenges, they are actually staring in their own reality TV show on The Learning Channel (TLC), which premiered on August 28.

Here is a link for more information about these incredible women.

Some of the things that I think about when I watch Abby & Brittany–are not the physical, but more the emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues, such as:

– Do they ever feel lonely?
– How do they handle the need for privacy?
– Are they introverts or extraverts or one of each?
– What are their personalities like?
– Do they like each other?
– Do they fight often and how do they resolve conflict with each other?
– Do they like/dislike similar things?
– Do they share the same religious beliefs?
– Do they feel responsible for each others actions (like if one hits someone or says something hurtful to another)?
– Do they believe in an afterlife?
– Do they intuitively share thoughts, dreams, ambitions (or only when they articulate these to the each other)?
– Do they consider their condition a random occurrence, a “freak act” of nature, a test, a punishment, or something else?

I imagine that they are hugely inspirational and am looking forward to hopefully watch the show tonight at 10 pm with my daughter and learn and marvel how they do it!

Are You Thing 1 or 2?

Tees

The old Dr Seuss story of The Cat In The Hat had the crazy part when “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” jump out from under The Cat’s hat and proceed to make a messy house disaster even worse.

Recently, I saw some people wearing the matching type shirts–you know the ones that that generate attention–bright red, with one shirt saying “Thing 1” and the other person’s shirt saying “Thing 2.”
It was cute the way the family members were connected through the shirts, and I smiled to myself thinking, like in the children’s story, which one is the bigger “trouble-maker” in this family–Thing 1 or 2?
Today, I saw this picture online of these twins, again with these matching type t-shirts, but this time, one said “Ctrl + C” and the other one had written on it “Ctrl + V” — these are the well-known Microsoft commands for copy and paste.
I guess with twins, the copy-paste imagery makes a lot of sense–copy kid 1, paste, and there you have it, kid 2.
Generally, t-shirts have messages about peace, rock and roll bands, corporate branding, or satire of some sort–I wouldn’t say it’s exactly a fashion statement, but more of an identity thing–how we choose to brand ourselves in a world of 7 billion people. It’s not necessarily about who we are, but more like how we choose to identify ourselves–a meaningful one for example, is for breast cancer awareness.
I remember as a kid, my sister, who was a budding biomedical scientist, bought me t-shirts from a scientific catalogue–so that I was wearing the Periodic Table and Einstein on my chest from very early on in life.  While I always did like science too, it was not what I ended up pursuing, but I would still wear these shirts today, because in some ways, I still identify with science and psychology and learning and so on.
These days, if I had to choose some t-shirt themes, I am pretty sure technology and futurism would be in the mix. Then again, my current t-shirts include a hefty mix of Rocky and Everlast–you see identity is a complex subject. Also, a whole bunch came 4 for 10–who can say no to a sale? 😉
A simple t-shirt, and the messaging can take you from Dr. Seuss to Microsoft, the Periodic Table and to the future (or even to the bargain bin).
What are you wearing–who are you?
(Source Photo: here)