Separated at Birth, Twins Lead Startlingly Similar Lives
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Twins Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were born in 1940. They were separated after birth and adopted by different families. But their lives followed a very similar path.
As children, both Jims showed talent in math and woodworking but struggled with spelling. They chose similar careers, with one becoming a security guard and the other a deputy sheriff. Their personal lives mirrored each other, too. Their adoptive parents both named them Jim. Later, they both married women named Linda, divorced, and then remarried women named Betty. They even named their sons almost the same name but with just one letter difference: John Allan and John Alan. On top of that, they both owned dogs named Toy.
When they met at the age of 39, their similarities were astonishing. They even had the same habits, like smoking and biting their nails. They also suffered from similar health problems.
Research into other twins has shown a genetic link to intelligence, religiosity, and politics. However, the connection that the Jim twins shared is difficult to reconcile. Their striking similarities challenge explanations of genetics or environment.
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