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Twin studies reveal that our behaviour, our health and most things about us, have a lot more to do with our genes than we used to believe. Our episode Bridgette and Paula Powers turned 40 this year. Kate and Natalie, what did you think watching that? KATE AND NATALIE WILLIAMS: I think we're polar opposites to them.
They are still living and working together in Queensland – and talking in unison. Because, I mean, it's not that we don't understand the bond that they feel but we've just noticed, because we've been surrounded by twins our entire lives, that every set reacts differently. Nancy Segal in Los Angeles, you're a psychologist who studies twins.
Twinnies Pelican & Seabird Rescue, the bird rescue operation they used to run in their backyard, has expanded. Yes, we did have our own twin language, though, when we were little, and our mum and dad and brothers and sisters didn't know what we were talking about or saying. Do you ever get irritated by one another finishing your sentences? When we were younger and we would I understand how they talk exactly at the same time because they pretty much know everything exactly the same, and that constructs how you word your sentences. What do some of the rest of you think watching that? I know with us, we're probably too competitive, so if I'm telling a funny story I want to tell it where he'll probably want to tell it so we just, as they said, we talk over each other and try and, you know, try and be the better one to tell the funny story. What's more common - for twins to be bound together the way we've seen Paula and Bridgette, or determined to try to establish some individuality?
Last year, they looked after 1800 birds at their centre and it's their dream to raise enough money, through donations, to purchase the centre's three acres of land. Since our program, sadly one of the twins, Paul Stefaniw, the Victorian policeman has died. His twin brother, Peter, also a policeman, says that between them, the twins have given nearly 60 years of police service. You're looking at me as if I'm the weirdest person in the world for asking. And when Kate and I would have that problem, we had a saying - we'd go, "I'm saying this, I'm saying this." And we talked over each other when we were younger so we wouldn't let that happen. JENNY BROCKIE: So, again, there's a bit of competition in the relationship, rather than wanting Have you two ever felt competitive? DR NANCY SEGAL, TWIN STUDIES CALIFORNIA STATE UNI: Well, we find that most identical twins are socially closer than fraternal twins but there's a lot of variation in the twin bond, as you can see from the twins in your studio.
1.5 Organs: Then, as the perfect halfway point, separating their lower shared organs from their upper separate organs, the Hensel Twins have 1.5 times the normal amount of kidneys, with a grand total of three kidneys cleaning their blood.
(If you skipped anatomy class, the kidneys are in the middle of the human body.) Double Organs — The Hensel Twins have two of each of the following organs: Much curiosity and speculation swirl around the personal lives of the Hensel twins.After all, inquiring minds need to know about Abby and Brittany Hensel’s boyfriend and/or dating life.However, as disappointing as it may be for curious folks out there, Abby and Brittany have been all “mum’s the word” in regard to their dating life, with Brittany Hensel stating, “The whole world does not need to know who we’re seeing.” Fair enough.As well as paying tribute to his brother, Peter has asked us to mention Beyond Blue which helps people struggling with depression. For other support services: Lifeline 131 114Mensline 1300 789 978Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Stuart and Phil Daniel, the lifesavers from the NSW, also remain devoted twins – living, working and sharing everything together. JENNY BROCKIE: You wouldn't let it happen, you would try to separate your identities. And Bridgette and Paula do seem to be a little bit at that other extreme - they're very, very close in so many ways.They are still actively seeking love with another set of twins – and with this in mind, they travel every year to the twin festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. They've turned the backyard into a sanctuary for injured birds. KATE AND NATALIE WILLIAMS: I think because we had so much trouble with kids telling us apart that we've always resented it. And what really struck me was how similar their school work was, to the point of being accused of cheating. JENNY BROCKIE: OK, Kate and Natalie, did you get compared very much when you were growing up? KATE AND NATALIE WILLIAMS: It was quite intense, the comparisons, because teachers would compare us.They dream of marrying twin sisters, having children and living all together in one big house. BRIDGETTE AND PAULA POWERS: Got a nice full belly now, Cameron. I know that we're two individuals but we've just got the same interests. I should tell you that here in the United States, we've had some examples of that with university professors not quite understanding it and I try to put them in touch with research that explains that twins have similar thought processes, similar ideas, similar ways of approaching problems. They wouldn't like both of us if they didn't like one of us.