Weird Health Wednesdays – Twins & Babies

British Couple Has Second Set of Black and White Twins
By “second,” I don’t mean the second set in the UK. I mean the second set for this couple. Here’s how it works: the mom, Alison Spooner, is white, while the dad, Dean Durrant, is black. The twins are fraternal, meaning they come from two eggs that were fertilized at the same time. Identical twins, as you likely already know, come from a single egg that splits in two. Now, fraternal twins with different features and coloring are not all that rare. I’m proof of that, actually. My twin brother has the olive coloring and black hair of our Puerto Rican father, while I’m very fair-skinned and have light brown hair like my Pennsylvania born-and-raised mother.

Here’s what rare, though:

– For a couple to have two naturally occurring sets of twins in the first place, especially fraternal ones.

– For both sets of twins (their older daughters were born in 2001) to involve one white and one black child.

As one of the comments on this article suggests, perhaps this couple should seriously consider playing the lottery.

Michigan Twins Born a Year Apart (Technically)
Because of New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day birthdays right around midnight, of course. When I was a kid, I always, always wished my twin and I had birthdays like this.

You’ll Never Guess Why This Newborn is Considered Canadian
Here’s another strange technicality involving a newborn. A pregnant passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 59 from Amsterdam went into labor and gave birth to a girl as the plane flew over the Atlantic Ocean. While the nationality of the mother is unclear, the baby was declared Canadian after the plane landed in Boston, since she was born in that country’s airspace.

16 responses to “Weird Health Wednesdays – Twins & Babies”

  1. Noelle says:

    I don’t know why exactly, but I love all these twin stories. When I was a kid, I always dreamed about having twins someday.

    My favorite personal story is that of my friends from college. They were adopted from Korea, and their parents thought they were just getting one baby, until they showed up at the airport and found out they got twins.

  2. Amy says:

    Wow.
    Just, wow.

    It’s cool being a twin, but I was always terrified of having twins.

  3. wendy says:

    I love twin and baby stories too. I always wished I had twins. Wonder what I’d have done if my wish had come true?

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