Myth Busters: Twins and Triplets Edition


Michelle Batres

Juniors Abijah and Chaika Hines, and seniors Karina, Cynthia, and Gloria Salmeron Ventura know the ups and downs that come with being a twin or triplet.

Most people get questions like how’s your day, or how have you been?

But people who are twins (like I am) or triplets, get asked if we can read each other’s minds. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a single mind reader.

People often have crazy myths about what twins and triplets can and can’t do. However, I will reveal the truth to you. Starting with the most popular myth: can twins or triplets read each other’s minds? The simple answer is no. Although it would probably be as close to mind reading as anyone has ever seen.

“Sometimes when we talk, we’ll finish each other’s sentences and some people find that [a little strange],” senior Gloria Salmeron Ventura said. Ventura is a triplet. 

It works similarly to a marriage or a very tight friendship. When you spend enough time together you can start to predict each other’s thoughts and you can’t get any closer than being in the womb together.

Myth two: is it okay to stare? The answer is no. “People stare constantly and it’s kind of rude, but at the same time, what can we do?” senior Cynthia Salmeron Ventura said.

You are not the first person to want to grab a closer look. We understand your curiosity and we don’t mind answering questions.

The biggest and final myth is that we are the same person. This is the biggest insult you can say to us. ”We are not the same person,” senior Karina Salmeron Ventura said. “We have different personalities, different likings, and we all have different preferences.”

Although we do share some similarities, it is due to growing up together in the same household.

Even in the case of fraternal twins, who do not look identical, “people always expect me to act like my brother,” junior Iyana Foster said.  “I don’t—we’re different.”

“I don’t listen to what people say [about me and my sister acting alike]. I’m my own person,” junior KJ Foster said. “I don’t really talk to people that much because of people like them.”

While there is some truth to each myth, it is important not to make assumptions about twins and triplets before getting to know them.