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Twins: You're Gonna Mix 'Em Up!

Updated on March 6, 2009

Have You Ever Wondered......?

Sometimes weird thoughts materialize in my head when I am sitting around on the couch doing my usual activities...watching tv, surfing the web, working a crossword puzzle, etc. This particular question just popped up in my idled mind:

Have twins ever been unwittingly switched early on in their lives?

My Pondered Parable

Once upon a time...

Proud parents return from the hospital with the freshly born additions to their happy home. The darling duo, named Patty and Cathy, bring great delight and delectation to the devoted mommy and daddy. A gleeful gaiety grew throughout their Utopian domicile.

Patty and Cathy are identical twins. In fact, these cute and cuddly cherub-like chubbies look so much alike that even the prideful parents have a terrible time at telling the two apart. The pondering parents formulated a particular plan to prevent a possible switch between the swaddled sweeties. The precise preventative procedure purely doesn't matter, but the results seemed satisfying....or so it seemed.

One day the trusting mother left her harried hubby in charge of the colicky criers. The distracted daddy blundered about and naively neglected the previously planned procedure....never knowing the awful oversight.

From then on, Patty was Cathy and Cathy was Patty. The preening parents never knew and neither did the precious petite two. They grew to adulthood, none-the-wiser, that one was the other and their names were askew.

...and they all lived happily ever after?

Do you think that this has ever happened?

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    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Christa: I didn't go that deep with the significance. I chose those names in homage to The Patty Duke Show -- a show about identical cousins.

      I'm glad you liked the hub!

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      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Very funny!

      As to the meanings of the names, Patty = Noble and Cathy = Pure, Innocent.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      BTW...I just noticed that nobody has commented on the names of my fictional twins. Does anybody know the significance of the names?

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      C. C. Riter 

      9 years ago

      Great minds ponder greater things, or so I thought. But I'm not a great mind. Good thought tho', er parable

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Seachangeqld: sorry for the delay response. I must agree with you that I have a great mind. Thank you.

      Anna: Cool, an example of my pondered parable!!! Thank you.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      9 years ago from Florida

      This actually happened to identical twin friends of mine!!! Their dad was in charge of watching them, they were about 1 1/2 or 2 at the time. They were dressed so that the parents knew which baby was which, and well, the kids took off their clothes. The dad had no idea which baby was which, quickly dressed them, and to this day, we still don't know if they have the right names that they were given as babies.

    • imadork profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Arsenio fan?

    • MamaDragonfly2677 profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Things that make you go "Hmmmmmm..."

    • seachangeqld profile image


      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow. Great minds must think alike. I have pondered this thought myself as my Mum is a twin, though not identical, they looked like it as new born babes. As a kid I even asked my Nan if she was sure she hadn't mixed them up. She said she didn't know and it didn't really matter. But who knows what a name does to you?

    • bevy400 profile image


      9 years ago from scarborough

      hiya im a twin but believe me if im ever mistaken for my brother i will go for cosmetic surgery lol.

    • justmesuzanne profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Well, I can tell those two babies apart! I'm sure all twins, even identical, have some little something or other about them that allows the parents to make a positive ID! A mole or hair a little longer or shorter or something!

      Anyway, the only time I can think that this would make a difference would be like if one was cursed at birth or promised to an evil elf or something! That might cause problems later. ;)

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      what's the fuss all about - it's just a name switch, no harm in that. Unless one of them kills herself because she effing hates her name!

    • goldentoad profile image


      9 years ago from Free and running....

      what's wrong with you man, how could you think of such cruel and twisted things? Something tells me you can never fool mama.


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