By Amy McCollom
A strange thing happened the other day. John and my mom and I were having lunch at Culver’s, and near the end of our meal, a man from another table across the restaurant came up and said,
“I’m sorry, excuse me for barging in. You know how people always say that they have a twin somewhere? Well, you look just like my baby sister. I kept looking over here at you guys, and I was thinking, ‘Gee, when did she get here from Colorado?’”
I was amazed. I told the man to take a picture of me and send it to his sister, and he did. I wish I would have thought to get his contact information; I kinda wanted to see what the sister really looked like. We should have exchanged information. But it was a short encounter and the man seemed to be in a hurry to get back to work.
That incident got me thinking back to when I was fifteen years old. One afternoon our family took a trip to the mall at Mattoon. While the rest of my family were shopping for clothes at the J.C. Penney store, my brother and I wandered away to the perfume counter.
While we were smelling samples, I remember a tall young man came up behind me and said, “Beth?!”
I turned to face him, and gave him a friendly smile, then I answered, “No, I’m Amy.”
The young man’s expression fell as if all of his dreams had collapsed at once. Then he said he was sorry for bothering us, that he thought I was somebody else. Then he turned and walked away. He was kind of cute, too. I wonder what would have happened if I had told him, yes, I was Beth? Obviously I looked like this girl named Beth, and part of me wished I was her at that moment. Did I remind him of someone that had passed away, ran away, left the area? I always wondered if he ever found the real Beth.
I did a little research on unrelated “twins,” look-a-likes, and doppelgangers. From what I have found, each person in the world probably has seven people who look just like them. I found this cool website called twinstrangers.net where you can upload up to five pictures of yourself, and then there is a button to push to have the computer give results of any twins they think look like you. I played around with that for a while, and some of the computer’s choices actually did look a lot like me.
There were other websites that catered to the same idea as well; comparing your picture with a databank full of other people’s pictures. Today since we live in a world with the ability to find any amount of information we want is as close as a keyboard, it gives a real opportunity to find anything you want, including your long lost twin.
There are software apps you can get on your phone and laptop that will run the comparisons of your picture with countless others, then give you the rundown of pages of people they think look like you.
When I searched my picture, the weird thing was that a lot of the pictures that came up as my supposed twin, looked like my kids. There was a resemblance. But mostly I could see my kids in their faces, and sometimes me.
I have so much more to learn about this topic. We have barely scratched the surface. There are scientists studying the statistics of doppelgangers, and all that goes with it.
Whether you decide to seek out or your doppelganger or not, I just wanted you to know that there are options out there, and on Facebook too. But I have never used the Facebook one.
If curiosity is killing the cat, then by all means go for it. Search high and low. And hopefully what you find will put peace in your heart and a smile on your face. God bless.