If you happen to have a twin, things can go either one of two ways: Life can be a zany twist of transcontinental adventures a la The Parent Trap or as painfully disturbing as Dead Ringers... or so we think.
It turns out things lie somewhere in the middle (booooo!) and that formed the basis of today's burning question from Redditor xerodeficit, who asked the online community: "Twins of Reddit, what is your favorite 'wrong twin' story?"
"My brother is blind."
My brother is blind. My wife took him to run some errands and they stopped at the pharmacy I use to get some CBD oil. He'd never been there before but they all know me by name. They walk in and the workers saw him with his cane and sunglasses and said "Ha, you look like that kid from A Christmas Story who had his mouth washed out with soap and went blind!"
His reaction: "I'm not Steve, I'm Mike. And I am blind."
My wife said the color drained from their collective faces.
Fortunately he has a great sense of humor about it. It made my next trip there pretty fun.
"My family regularly..."
My family regularly called me by my twin brother's name - which wasn't a big deal until he died in a car wreck.
Almost 20 years ago.
I usually reply with "I'm the alive one."
"I was in high school..."
I was in high school when a teacher saw me and started yelling at me for being late to class, turns out it was my brother's teacher but the teacher did not believe me and sent me the principal.
"My mom is a twin..."
My mom is a twin and one day when I was like 8 she picked me up from school and i thought she was my aunt. I stayed suspicious for the rest of the day.
"Was standing in a..."
Was standing in a classroom, back to the door, when my twin's girlfriend came up, stood next to me, and put my hand on her ass.
We were both apologizing to each other for like three days and never told my brother. So I guess this isn't my favorite moment but I think it's a funny story.
"We were 18..."Giphy
We were 18, and my twin got a job at the same grocery store where I already worked. Many times we were both at work together and just due to the workflow one of us would start working with a customer and then get called away, if the customer didn't notice- they'd continue the conversation with Twin B as if twin A never left.
Years later we were still living in the same area and the main road through town had most of the businesses in town. Our parents colleagues from work would often see one of us at work and then the other somewhere else- and assume we were the same person. So their friends would always tell them how hard their son worked not realizing there were 2 of us - so we were often in 2 places at the same time.
"My twin sister..."
My twin sister went to go wake up my boyfriend instead of me. I was doing something so I asked her too. Normally when she would wake him up she was a dick about it. Loud, flickering lights etc, this time she was very calm and nice about it. She walked in, shook him awake. But him, thinking it was me started to rub her thigh. She screamed "wrong twin" and ran out of the room.
My twin was walking around the school hallways and had one of my friends come up to her, thinking it was me and slapped her. My sister had no clue what was going on.
When I was younger..."
When I was younger my mom was upset with my brother and she was planning on slapping him but she found me instead and next thing you know I'm balling my eyes out because here I am, minding my own business and I get slapped for absolutely no reason. My mom started crying after she realized what she'd done.
"When we were younger..."
When we were younger (like 13-14), we had a big family dinner. It was a while since everybody saw each other and everyone was happy. Now, my brother can't stand pepper, I don't know why, but he always hated it. We both ordered a pasta carbonara, mine with pepper his without. Of course the waiter accidentally switched plates and my brother, which was really hungry, started devouring them as fast as he could.
When the pepper kicked in he already ate like a half of the pasta. He was so disgusted that he just put his fingers in his throat and threw up everything on the table. He destroyed everybody's meal and our aunt's dress who was in front of him. Our parents got so angry, but I never laughed that hard in my entire life.
"My brother Dennis..."
My brother Dennis had a girl really sweet on him in grade 7/8. She moved away before high school. Four years later I was with a girl I just started dating at the movies. Standing in line for popcorn when a hand starts caressing my butt. Startled because I didn't think my date and I had progressed that far, I kind of leaned into it. The next thing I know she's nuzzling my ear with her hand still gripping my @ss. I started to lean into her lips by turning my head, and I see my date standing 10' away with a horrified look on her face.
What a cluster f**k that was.
I lost my date but my brother got hooked up with the old sweety.
We had several adventures as teens, including him writing a test for me and taking a medical for a job interview.
"In primary school..."
In primary school I walked into my own classroom (we were in separate classrooms) and a girl in my class thought we had finally done a swap to confuse the teachers.
Nope, just me!
"I'm a twin..."Giphy
I'm a twin.
In elementary school (3rd grade) during lunch time my sister's class always ate lunch before mine. So I'd always be a good 10-15 minutes behind her class when it came to lunch. So the only time we were in the cafeteria at the same time was for a total of 15 minutes. However one day my class was running behind for lunch, which meant my sister's class was getting ready to leave the cafeteria.
So that day I'm lined up with my class in the lunch line waiting just outside the food pick up area. When this boy from my sister's class walks up to me, calls me by my sister's name and proceeds to drag me out of line towards the cafeteria exit. He says "(sister's name) you already got lunch, why are you in the line again?"
See one thing to know is that between me and my sister I'm the timid and shy one. So I didn't like cutting people off when they are speaking or just speaking in general. So I never really got a chance to tell him that he in fact has the wrong twin because he kept running his mouth. (At this point were standing at the door waiting on my sister's teacher) couple minutes later it wasn't until my sister came out the bathroom said a quick "Hey (my name)" that the boy realized that he grabbed the wrong twin.
"Long distance girlfriend..."
Long distance girlfriend (now wife) had a cousin who went to the same college as me. She saw my twin brother on a date with his girlfriend at the time. She took pictures on her cell and sent it around to the family saying I was cheating on her. Took a long time for them to buy the "I have an identical twin" argument.
"When my twins were about 4..."
When my twins were about 4, at summer camp one day after swimming they put on each others' clothes including shoes. They spent the second half of the day pretending to be each other. When I picked them up at the end of the day they got in the car and I just looked at them for a moment, then said, "guys? . . ." and they BURST out laughing and couldn't stop for a long time.
When coworkers still mixed us up even though I had a beard and he didn't.
Then again, I thought me getting glasses in kindergarten would stop people mixing us up, but they still did. Then he got glasses in elementary school, too, so there went that.
"In high school..."
In high school one of my twin brother's teachers said hello to me and tried to grab my arm to speak to me about something probably class related. I didn't know who it was as I had never taken her class and walked off quickly and kind of weirded out.
Later she berated my brother in class in front of everyone for being so rude to her. He told her it was probably his twin brother and she didn't believe him. Everyone else in the class told her that he did have a twin brother, to corroborate his claim, but she refused to believe any of them.
"At school, my brother and I..."
At school, my brother and I switched classes as my teacher was old. We got away with it until some brat told the teacher. The after result: lots of laughter at home when we got suspended for 3 days.
Well my ex slept with my twin so there's that.
"It's around 11 pm..."
Identical twin girls, we both wear glasses, but I'm straight and she's gay. This is important because I have super long hair, pretty girly, wear make-up, etc. My twin is the complete opposite, super short hair, imagine Brendon Urie hair, wears guy clothes/semi baggy, and wouldn't wear makeup if you paid her to do so. So my twin had been working at Taco Bell for probably like 4 months or so. We'll call my twin phlo cause thats what they nicknamed her. (My twin has a super unique and hard to spell name.) Majority of them knew she had a twin through social media or from high school.
It's around 11 pm, my twin isn't working and I decide I want some Taco Bell. I give my order pull up to the window, a girl sees and starts to bring me bring me my food. "Oh hey Phlo." She gives me a confused head tilt/stare, looked at her co-worker, back at me and gives a nervous giggle as she close the window. I hear her say "OMG IDK who that is." A couple other people tried to very "nonchalantly" come see what she means. I just kind of awkwardly wave still trying to pay for my food. After about 5 minutes of no one coming back to the window or counter, I just left. So hey I got free food because of my twin. The next day my twin texts me asking why I freaked out so many of her co-workers. lol I guess some people cant handle the thought of twins.
Apparently my brother won a pole dancing competition in New Orleans during pride. A lot of gay dudes were just saying I was awesome. Haha I was soooooooooo confused
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: