Growing up I always dreamed of having a clone so we could have each other's backs. If I wanted to play hookie and sneak into a movie matinee, then my clone could cover for me when I went to class. If he wanted to be a real bad boy, he could enjoy family dinners while I chilled underneath my bed and read comic books.
I never really thought about what could go wrong with that plan or my parent's inevitable discovery of my clone, but I just knew it'd be handy to have a doppelganger that I was cool with. Not the other kind of clone who wanted to have me killed and ultimately replace my life, like in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, that would suck.
I guess having a twin sibling is a lot like having a clone in certain situations and would be a lot more manageable than somehow materializing another version of yourself out of nowhere. If I had an identical twin brother I'm sure I could come up with some nifty uses for the circumstances of my birth.
Like Malcolm and Marcus Williams did on picture day.
When Marcus was sick back in high school, his brother, Malcolm, decided to step up to the plate and make sure his face was in the yearbook.
You know, because people think they share the same face, basically.
They had the entire thing planned out: Malcolm would be smiling in his photo. "Marcus" wouldn't be.
They look so alike that it took students in their school a while to figure out that they weren't the same person and just managed to get to different areas of the school very quickly.
Technically though, they're not identical twins, and when you see them side to side, although you can definitely tell that they're brothers, you can notice slight similarities between the two of them.
So they won't have Sherlock Holmes fooled.
Some people began sharing their own "twin swap" stories. Like this one guy who worked with a dude who would send his twin to work whenever he was hungover. So good.
Other twins fessed up to pulling similar shenanigans.
For a lot of people, they're just happy that twins are really taking advantage of the fact that they were born that way.
While others thought it was a golden opportunity to explore which "person" in the picture is liked more at first glance.
Marcus and Malcolm aren't the first set of twins to use their school's yearbook as a chance to pull something funny.
There's these Drake & Josh loving brothers.
These Rick Rollers.
How I Met Your Mother fans would appreciate this one.
Twin-life 4 EVA.
Spongebob provides the best memes both on and off the internet.
These twins who gave a shout-out to Lil Jon.
This mustache double take.
The quote thief.
And these twins who enjoyed some playful ribbing.
Growing up as a Muslim-Albanian family with very patriarchal ideas on the way a family is supposed to operate, my idea of what a father should be was a very "man's man" one.
He brings home the bacon, laughs maybe five times a year, and was really into Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorcese movies. Oh, and a Marlboro Red had to be perpetually hanging out the side of his mouth.
Fast forward years later and here I am, dadding it up, and I'm not that, like, at all. The manliest thing I probably do is hit the gym, bro, and not shave my chest hair. Other than that though, I'm nothing like the former generation of "guy's guys" that raised me. Which I'm totally cool with, because I'm already learning special hair braids to try out on my daughter once she gets older. Because her old man might be a North Jersey meathead, but he's going to be a meathead who doesn't mind having tea parties and getting his nails painted with his little girl.
When you think about math, comedy probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Unless you're a jock who gets a kick out of smashing nerds with their pocket protectors, and button-up shirts, and career ambitions in an in-demand field, and work ethic, and bright futures, and manners. Yeah, screw them.
But the truth is, you can make any subject in the world funny because there are enthusiasts for just about anything. Just look at all the niche meme accounts out there. Heck there's this amazing one for performance strongman lifting that I don't understand half the time but I follow anyway.
So if you like math and chuckle when someone leaves a room and says, "calc-u-later" then these are the jokes for you.