It Takes Two to Tango and Other Twos

Celebrating Two

In celebration of my 2nd year in HubPages, this piece is about "two".

Do you ever wonder why "two" is significant? Why do we have so many twos in nature?

From Human Beings to Molecules

Let us look at our own selves and start at the physical level.

Why do we have two of almost everything in our body for example? We have a pair of eyes, ears, nostrils, lungs, kidneys, testis, ovaries, arms, legs, hands, and feet. Our brain has two hemispheres and even our heart has 2 atria and 2 ventricles.

If we move from the physical to the cellular and molecular levels, our chromosomes are paired and our own DNA is actually a double helix with paired nitrogenous bases.

Chromosomes, genes and DNA
Chromosomes, genes and DNA | Source

Environmental Aspect

In the chemical world around us, oxygen always occurs as a double molecule, that's why its symbol is O2.

Water is a partnership between oxygen and hydrogen and carbon dioxide is a partnership between carbon and oxygen. We also have acids and bases as well as positive and negative ions.

In other aspects of our environment, we have the sun and moon that rise and set, and the tides of the sea that ebb and flow. Then we have day and night, cold and warm, light and shadow, black and white, red and green and other complementary colors.

Society

In our society, we have good and evil, sinners and saints, angels and devils, man and woman, male and female, boy and girl, mother and father, hero and villain, yin and yang, life and death, left and right, true and false, strong and weak.

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yin and yang | Source

Playtime

We play hide and seek, ask "heads or tails?" when we toss coins, say "truth or consequence?" when we spin the bottle, "trick or treat" when we go out during Halloween.

We also say, "deal or no deal" and we can win or loss.

Computers and Business

In the computer world, we have "input - output", "soft copy and hard copy". While in business, we either "sink or swim" or "buy and sell".

Words That Mean Two

Here are some terms that indicate two: duo, dual, doublet, couplet, match, pair, twin, brace, couple, duet, tandem, dyad, twosome, distich, match, mate, and partner.

If you can think of other "two" words, please share with us.

Famous Pairs

Still thinking of "two" I tried listing the most popular pairs in history, in entertainment and in mythology and here are some I listed.

Adam and Eve

Cain and Abel

Mary and Joseph

Sodom and Gomorrah

Samson and Delilah

Peter and Paul

Watson and Crick

Sonny and Cher

Donnie and Marie

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Donald Duck and Daisy Duck

Barbie and Ken

Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

Peter Pan and Wendy

Beauty and the Beast

Snow White and Prince Charming

Anna and the King

Oh, I could go on and on with the pairs but I'd rather ask you to add more pairs that you can think of. How about it?

So going back to my original question, why is there such a predominance of twos, or duality in nature?

A Possible Answer to the Two Cents Question?

Allow me to be a little scientific in my explanation here.

In the realm of chemistry (and we are actually all made up of chemicals), all atoms with the exception of the Noble gases, have incomplete valence shells and are thus unstable. To complete their shell and become stable, they tend to react with other atoms.

So oxygen atom either pairs with another oxygen atom to form the O2 or molecular oxygen, or it pairs up with hydrogen to form water, a very stable compound. Carbon dioxide which is a partnership between carbon and oxygen is also another very stable compound.

In human beings and most other animals, most body parts are always paired.

A scientist once quipped; this pairing thing is simply nature being redundant. However, if you look at the stability explanation, I believe it also applies here.

Can you just imagine what will happen if you only have one leg or one arm, one hand or one thumb, one eye or one ear?

And, don't marriages lend some kind of stability to our society? The formation of a family through the mother and father is I think one of the stabilizing forces in our society.

till death do us part
till death do us part

Something Cheesy

And in the "cheesy department", somebody once wrote: "we have two eyes, two ears and two lungs, why do we have only one heart?"

The answer is: "because we have to look for another heart to make us one!"

See, that is cheesy!

HubPages and My 2nd Year Anniversary

Why is my second year in HubPages important to me?

Why indeed?

Well, it's because I have more than doubled my number of friends and followers. Now, I can no longer list you as what I did during my first anniversary. If I do that, I will end up having a hub with just names.

And although I still have not learned how to earn like several people here in HP, I can say I have more than doubled my earnings compared with what I earned during my first year! It's actually much more than two cents!

So to all of you, I say a double "thank you" and I wish you double blessings!

It surely takes two to tango! Let's dance and celebrate!

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Comments 63 comments

4youreyes 5 years ago

jill of alltredes,

Very doubly awesome hub, may good comments or bad comments, right answers or wrong answers as to why you why your earnings are what they are hopefully they will double.

Have A Good Day !


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on completing 2 years with HubPages. This was an entertaining hub about "two" and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ever since I studied anatomy in nursing school, I've had a great appreciation for the fact that humans have a built in "spare" for vital organs (except the heart) and that this spare can take over full duties for the whole body as long as the spare itself is healthy. That's cool and amazing!


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Very interesting and true hub. Great work! :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jill of alltrades, congratulations on 2 years on hub pages! nearer 2 months for me! happy writing!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Thanks for the interesting read. I have been here 2 years as well and I'm still not earning much - so we're two of a kind!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello 4youreyes,

It's great to see you! Thanks for being the first to comment. I really appreciate it.

Thanks too for your beautiful words.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Happyboomernurse,

Thank you very much for your greetings! I'm happy that you enjoyed this.

Yes, isn't it wonderful that we have spares for many of our body parts? Maybe this gives us an opportunity to share (as in organ donation) if we know how to take care of ourselves?

Thanks once again for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Phoebe,

Thanks very much! I'm happy you found this interesting and true.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Movie Master,

Thanks very much! Soon I will be the one congratulating you!

Just keep on writing. See you around!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Suzie,

It's nice to see you!

I'm happy you found this interesting.

Hahaha, that surely makes two of us! We will get there someday hopefully!

Thanks for dropping by and for leaving a lovely comment!

Happy anniversary to you too!

God bless!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

You are right in saying that having a "spare" organ such as 2 kidneys provides an opportunity for becoming a living donor- someone who gives a kidney away while they're still alive. Years ago donors needed to be someone that was a close genetic match in order to decrease the risk of organ rejection in the recipient. Now there are medications that can minimize the risk of organ rejection. Thanks for bringing up an issue that's dear to my heart as I worked nearly 10 years with patients who were on kidney dialysis treatments and waiting for a kidney from a cadaver or from a living person. Too often, patients died before an organ became available.


coffeesnob 5 years ago

Loved it, loved it , loved it! You know even Jesus sent his apostles out 2 by 2.

love ya!

Carol


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Wow, congrats on your 2nd year! :)

-cheerfulnuts


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allpurposeguru 5 years ago from North Carolina

You know, of course, that there are only two kinds of people: those who divide everyone into two kinds of people and those who don't. (Ducking for cover.)

You must have had a lot of fun writing that. Thanks for sharing.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Well I'll add my 2 cents Jill and first off say "Congratulations" on 2 years at Hub Pages.Mmm what can I add, I've had 2 Sons and 2 Grand Daughters...2 Dogs...2 Husbands...2 Cruises and you can never have 2 many Friends! Good Hub Jill, a Fun read!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Congrats on your second year Jill, (Baby) hee...I like your conclusion, I mean, it's very cool to think about! Your riddle was not at all cheesy, I liked that the most! I'll be seeing you round the hub or the bubble!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Happyboomernurse,

It's great to see you back!

Yes, it's something we can think about especially under life threatening conditions.

God bless you!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Carol,

It's so nice to see you again! I'm happy that you loved this.

It took me a while to come up with something to celebrate my being two here.

How true about the apostles!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Cheerfulnuts!

Thank you so much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello allpurposeguru,

Hahaha! Don't worry, you don't have to duck for cover! I can't reach you anyway!

Yes, I surely had fun writing this. It just took me a while to have "two" crystallize into something in mind.

Thanks for dropping by!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi b.Malin,

That sure is a great number of "2s" for you! Thanks very much for sharing! I'm happy that you had fun with this!

Thanks very much and God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Kathi(Fossillady),

It's great to see you here! I'm really happy we see each other both in HP and RB.

Thanks for your greetings and lovely comment!

God bless!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

Congrats on this major accomplishment. You can add David and Bathsheba to your list of '2s in people'. Voted up and beautiful, looking forward to see what you have to offer during your third year.

blessings...


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Congrats on reaching the "terrible twos" (HeHe).

So does this mean YOU are the Jill of Jack and Jill fame? LOL

Then of course there's David and Goliath, Napoleon and Josephine, this and that, salt and pepper, and at one time there was smoking or non-smoking.

The human body actually has FOUR cheeks. :)

God bless,

Tammy


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sam,

It's nice to see you!

Thank you very much for you beautiful comment and vote. Thank you too for adding another pair to my list of people.

God bless you friend!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Tammy,

Seeing your avatar always makes me smile!

Yup, I am now in my "terrible two" and yes, I just might be that Jill. Hahaha!

Thanks very much for your visit and wonderful addition to the list.

God bless!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Happy 2nd anniversary. Love your take on two--the theology of twosome-nes is awesome. Love your pictures and the so-called "cheesy" joke about one heart looking for another heart to make a pair. Brilliantly done and rated up. Wishing you even more success here.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Angeline,

I just finished writing you an email and here is your smiling face looking at me. It's as if we are just talking to each other. Hahaha!

Oh, it's your 2nd anniversary too because we've been here for about the same time. So, happy anniversary too!

Love your beautiful comment! You make me feel good!

God bless you friend!


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Congrats, Jill! Here's to many more years and many more wonderful hubs here on HP!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Shalini,

It's so nice to see you again!

Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I surely hope for more years here in HP although I have not been as active lately. Still, I am very happy to see you and I'm glad we found each other in twitter.

God bless you friend!


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Jill a belated happy 2nd anniversary to you.And I love that pic of the sun with the silhouette of the boat in the background. By the way those your toes in that first pic ? I wanted to add one more pair , Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire ! :)


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Congratulations jill on your anniversary and for another wonderful hub. Here's to another two years. Cheers!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Tony,

Thanks for dropping by friend. Thanks too for your greetings!

Yup, those are my feet! Hahaha! I entered that in a contest about feet and happily I won!

Oh yeah, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, I forgot about them. Thanks for the add Tony!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Green Lotus,

Thanks very much for your greetings and visit! Another 2 years? Hmmm...maybe, I hope so.

Nice to see you my friend!

God bless!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Jill, well done for reaching this credible milestone. What a way to celebrate with this entertaining hub. Your talent is appreciated by many fellow hubbers who will be looking forward to the next two years with anticipation. Best wishes to you.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dave,

It's so nice to see you! I am happy you still have time to visit.

What a beautiful thing to say! You inspire me with your beautiful words!

Thank you very much my friend!

God bless!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sister I lost my first comment SO here goes another. I love your hub. Heartfelt and beautiful as you are. You are clever and have a giving heart. Thank you for sharing some of your talents with hub land. I am honored to know you. Two years way to go. You keep standing on the ROCK. Love You.

Loved the cheesy and the ending touching. Smooth and sweet. Hugs Galore


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Skye,

It's so nice to see you again! I'm happy that you came back and wrote another beautiful comment.

Thank you very much for your beautiful words and thoughts.

Hugs to you too!

God bless!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Jill, very great article. Very interesting! Voted up and AWESOME cause it is. You make a good point. I reckon two is better then one.


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jtrader 5 years ago

Our heart has a left and right chamber. Together they fulfill two different roles. Does that count as two in some way? ;-)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Ashlie,

Thanks very much for your wonderful comment and vote. I really appreciate it.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi jtrader,

Yup, I think it does!

I mentioned in the beginning that our heart has two atria and two ventricles. So they do count even if I shared the "one heart" story at the end. :)!

Thanks and God bless!


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

Dear jill, First of all,I clap clap with my two hands to congratulate you on completing two years on hubpages! This is a very nice hub. One of the best things about hubpages apart from exchanging our writings is making friends.Thank you for your fan mail and I am happy to follow you too!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sonia,

It's nice to meet you!

Thanks for visiting my hubs and leaving wonderful comments. You are right about making friends. I have made some great ones here! Hope you will be one of them too.

See you around!

God bless!


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Happy 2nd, Jill! Congrats! This is a very excellent hub. I enjoyed this very much. 2 is perfect..

I'd give this awesome and beautiful. But then there's interesting now. :) 2 hundred hubs more please :)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello twentyfive,

What a beautiful thing to say! You made me feel great about celebrating two! 200? ah...hmmm....

Thank you so much! So I noticed that there is 'interesting' now. That's new! Hmmm...interesting!!! Hahaha!

God bless!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations on your Two Year Anniversary. You celebrated with one of your best Hubs. You are really smart! I loved this Page. Thank you for this pleasure. :-)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello James,

It's great to see you!

Thank you very much for your kind and wonderful comment. I really appreciate it especially since you are such an accomplished artist.

I am happy that you love this page. You are most welcome! The pleasure is really mine.

God bless you!


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Creative hub:0 I too "CONGRATULATE" you! Being one of the many hubbers, who has been blessed by your photoghraphy and writings:) Love your hub-pages, they bring life to others, who read them! May the Blessings continue to you:)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Heart,

It's great to see you!

Thank you very much for dropping by and for your congratulations. I'm sorry I have not been as active in HP lately. However, I still visit every now and then.

God bless!


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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

Beautiful! There can only be one, but two is always happier. =) i would like to say Congratulations for a great writing mileage Jill. More power and God bless!!!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Admiral,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! You have made me very happy!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Admiral,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! You have made me very happy!

God bless!


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Very interesting piece that gives you a lot to think about. It is inspiring.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Marwan,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a heartwarming comment. I am happy that you found this inspiring.

God bless!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

jillofalltrades Hey sister, Many Blessings. I have missed stopping in. I have been meaning too. I made it over this year. tee hee. I loved this awesoeme hub of yours. Refreshing and fun. The pictures are fantastic, as always. Love you. May peace and joy be doubled two hundred times over this new year 2012 for you!! In Christ, Hugs of love.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Skye,

It's great to see you again! I was not that active last year either. I took me a while to publish another hub after I did this.

Thank you so much much for your wonderful comment, your wishes and your blessings!

Hugs to you too! A wonderful year ahead!

God bless!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very interesting hub, Jill. You've given us something to think about!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello PDX,

Nice to see you!

I'm happy you found this interesting! Thank you very much!

God bless!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome Jill! Nice seeing u as well


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello PDX,

Thanks for coming back!

See you around!

God bless!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome, Jill!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks PDX!

God bless!

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