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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Doppelgangers

Unless you’re an identical twin, chances are you’ve never met someone that looks exactly like you. But imagine just how weird it would be to come across your very own look-alike, your doppelganger.
The German word doppelganger translates to “double-goer,” which was originally the sinister idea of an evil twin, and superstitions claimed that encountering your look-alike would bring trouble. Today, though, I think we consider it pretty lucky to meet a spitting image of ourselves.

As it turns out, doppelgangers are more common that you think, because there is only so much variety in faces. In fact, the claim is that you have 7 doppelgangers out there, meaning your “unique” face is actually one in a billion! There’s no doubt that you have a twin somewhere out there—the question is whether you will ever happen to be at the same place at the same time.

Thanks to the viral nature of the Internet, doppelgangers are becoming more and more common. A few weeks ago, a girl found her doppelganger at the mall, posted a photo to Twitter, and got dozens of other girls tweeting at her to say they were also long lost twins! People are even finding historical look-alikes for celebrities, for instance actor Alec Baldwin and former president Millard Fillmore.

I am still waiting to turn the corner one day and run into my own doppelganger, but the odds don’t look very high. Instead, you can take to the web to try to find yours! The Twin Strangers Project now connects identical faces from around the world with an algorithm that matches your facial features to someone else’s. You can try it out for 6 months and connect to a million twin strangers for $3.95. Or you could try a reverse Google search for free and find visually similar images to your own face… it’s worth a shot!

Have you met your doppelganger? Or are you, like me, still waiting to find your identical twin?

Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant

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