Back when I used to live the commuting life, I was used to certain rituals of my morning journey into the city.
I took the same bus as a family member and would chat it up with him as we drove into Manhattan then branch off and take our respective subways. I'd see the same bus driver, same dude with oversized headphones I never made eye contact with. I'd pass the same coffee shop and wave to the same dude bringing bags of beans and cups and weird hipster-coffee-making paraphernalia. It was comforting.
It became such an ingrained part of my daily routine that any aberration was noticed immediately. If my relative wasn't on the bus, I'd look for him. If headphone guy was sick or when he suddenly changed his headphones out of nowhere, I noticed. When my bus driver was replaced with someone else, I didn't know how to feel about it but my initial reaction was, "NOOOOOOO!"
But what if a face you were used to seeing on your daily routine didn't always greet you the same way? Or maybe that person greeted you some days and seemed happy to see you, and other days, they completely ignored you?
It would be a bit baffling, would it not? Well that's exactly what happened to Twitter user Rachel Harper, who after two long years of experiencing hot-and-cold interactions with her local ticket guy, realized this:
GUYS.— Rachel Harper (@Rachel__Harper) June 24, 2018
For the past two years the ticket man at my station has baffled me. Some days we get on like a house on fire, chatting about life. Other days he won’t even return a hello...turns out to be a pair of identical twins who both work there.
TWO SEPERATE MEN.
TWO YEARS GUYS.
That's right. Boom. Twins, out of nowhere. It was like she was living in The Prestige, or a bizarro kids novel where a team of plucky teams use their genetic advantage to get into all sorts of mischief and somehow save the day with the circumstances of their birth.
Her tweet became so popular, that filmmaker Edgar Wright (Babydriver, Shaun of the Dead) tweeted a quote from another one of his films, Hot Fuzz.
Which floored Harper.
Well I don’t know how my little tweet escalated to one of my favourite directors tweeting me but while I have the chance, you’re absolutely fabulous.— Rachel Harper (@Rachel__Harper) June 25, 2018
Turns out though that she wasn't the only one who had a body-double twins experience.
Or so they thought.
I had the opposite where there were twins at my workplace who wore different uniforms and did different jobs. Identical they were. It was years before I found out it was one girl with two part time jobs.— Natalie O'Donoghue (@Nataliealana87) June 25, 2018
While others shared their own stories of not recognizing someone. Not because they were actually a twin or anything.
I walked dogs & chatted w the same guy at 7am in the park for THREE YEARS. One day a man I didn’t recognize greeted me very familiarly at the bank. I looked at him like he was undermedicated & turned away.— S. Bear Bergman (@sbearbergman) June 25, 2018
Took seeing him the next morning for me to realize & apologize.
But because they saw the person "out of context."
Happens when you see them out of context! My dentist said hello to me in the street and I spend hours trying to work out who she was 😂— Natalie O'Donoghue (@Nataliealana87) June 25, 2018
It led to some very awkward situations. Like this one guy whose twin brother took a drawing class.
After spending most of our life at the same school, my twin brother and I went out separate ways to study in the Quartier Latin, my brother at the Art Deco in Rue d'Ulm and I science at Lycée Saint Louis.— Clem P. (@revoltingtonic) June 25, 2018
And he was accused of seeing someone naked.
One day a girl stops me near the Luco and says:— Clem P. (@revoltingtonic) June 25, 2018
"Hey! How are you?"
"You don't recognise me?"
"You've seen me naked."
"Yeah, at the life drawing class."
(I think I'm mixing my dates, my brother had his life drawing classes at the Atelier de Sevre before he joined the Arts Deco, but I bumped into her near the Luco anyway... Same area)— Clem P. (@revoltingtonic) June 25, 2018
Even when twins work at the same jobs and attempted to differentiate themselves from others, it doesn't really work out for them.
my brothers are identical twins & work at the same place. when the 2nd one was hired, they planned out their wardrobes & haircuts so they would always look distinct. It...doesn’t help as much as they’d hoped.— LJV (@jacquez45) June 25, 2018
Well at least he didn't think someone came back from the dead.
A manager where I used to work passed away suddenly. I didn’t know he was an identical twin until his brother stepped out of the funeral car and scared the wotsits out of me.— Red Queen (@Wythanie) June 25, 2018
This guy couldn't believe a kid was making it down the slide so quickly.
This happened to me when I was a kid. I was in a McDonald's Playplace in the states playing with one lad who seemed to be able to get around the climbing frames and slides at unfeasible speeds. As I left I realised it was twin lads in matching outfits.— Liam Knowles (@wearefixtures) June 25, 2018
Although someone has their own theories as to this whole "Twins Conspiracy."
Don't be fooled. That twins story is just a cover for a rip in the space-time continuum. This might also explain why your train is late.— Malcolm Sleath 🇮🇪🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@MalcolmSleath) June 25, 2018