It’s a weird thing to see your face on another person’s face.
I saw my doppelgänger (or can you have more than one?) in New York years ago around Union Square—same facial features, hairdo, everything. I yelled out: “Twinsies!”
Just kidding. As I passed her while crossing the street, I instead did that thing where I turned around seemingly in slow motion and looked back, confounded.
Several Jezebel staffers have had similar uncanny moments. One staff member’s doppelgänger “was always seen underage in bars dancing on tables,” she says.
Let’s make this even creepier: A woman from Dublin, Niamh Geaney, 26, took some initiative and started an unofficial campaign to find her “twin stranger.”
She made a bet with her two friends, Terence Manzanga and Harry English, to see who could find their most spooky lookalike within 28 days. They set up the Twin Strangers Facebook page, calling for anyone who looked like them to get in touch, and thanks to someone called Karen Branigan, she’s clearly in the lead.
Are these women actual twins who are just fucking with us? Geaney says she then met Karen in person, which sounds like a scene straight from a horror flick (see the video below):
“For the entire duration of our encounter I pretty much stared at her. I couldn’t get over her face, and some of the expressions she would pull I would think to myself or say aloud, ‘Oh my God that’s my face.’”
How does this happen? Something tells me Neil deGrasse Tyson has a good explanation for it. Or... ancient mythology. Scary and definitely real myths suggests that spotting your doppelgänger—or evil twin or spirit double—could lead to very bad things, possibly even death...
Welp, there’s a Twin Strangers Facebook page for other people who want to find their lookalikes. Have you seen your doppelgänger?
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