The following is from “28 Interesting Facts About Multiples” by Valerie Delp
1. Up to 22% of twins are left-handed. In the general populace, only 10% are left-handed.
2. The Yoruba tribe in Nigeria has the highest incidence of twinning in the entire world. Why? They eat lots of yams.
6. One amazing mother in Chile gave birth to the last of her 55 children in 1981. Her children includes five sets of triplets (all boys).
7. Fraternal twins are much more common than identical twins [Carse & Cole are fraternal obviously]. The chance of having twins is about 1 in 285.
9. The famous advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) are twins.
12. There are 7 different types of twins: identical, fraternal, half-identical, mirror image twins, mixed chromosome twins, super fecundation, and superfetation. These other types are very rare. [don’t know which Carse & Cole are]
13. Due to sonograms being more widely available earlier in pregnancy it is now
estimated that for every live twin birth, there are at least 6 other “twins”
that no one ever knew about due to the vanishing twin phenomenon.
14. As if the woman in Chile did not have enough children, a woman in Russia in
the 1700s, gave birth to 16 sets of twins, in addition to 7 sets of triplets,
and 4 sets of quads!
15. The earliest twins were ever born? 22 weeks! Each twins was less than 12
inches long and weighed only slightly more than a pound.
16. Twins do not have to be born on the same dates. The longest gap between
birth is 85 days.
17. 27 lbs. and 12oz. total is the heaviest combined birth weight of any set of
18. Cirque du Soleil employs the most sets of twins. (With the exception of
course of the Twins restaurant in New York City where you can only be a waiter
if you are an identical twin.)
24. You have a 50% chance of having a c-section when you are pregnant with
twins. You have a 100% chance of having a c-section if you are pregnant with
more than 2 babies.
27. Once you’ve had fraternal twins, you are 3 to 4 times more likely to have another set!