Monday, May 17, 2010

Twins: A Blame Game

Recently, my little family of 5 traveled up to Chicago, Illinois to see our darling nieces be baptized.

Yes, I said niec-es.  Scott's brother and his wife also have identical twins of their own.  What are the odds of that happening?

Apparently, not high.  There is tons of research out there indicating that identical twins do not run in families.  Instead, such genetic tendencies are reserved for fraternal twins and their hyperovulating moms.  Speaking of which, I just learned that word - hyperovulating.  It's kind of a fun word, no?  It makes me want to go play tennis.


Anyways, apparently nobody sent the identical/fraternal genetics memo to Scott or his brother.  Either that, or they both just completely disregarded years of genetic research in order to get a 2 for 1 deal.  Or maybe, identical twins actually are genetic after all.  Genetic on the guy's side of the family!

I wonder how that would work.  If fraternal twins are caused by the mom's hyper-ovulation, then that must mean that identical twins are caused by the dad's hyper...

Never mind.  I don't even want to google-image search for the picture that I have conjured up in my head.

Anyways, what was I talking about again?  Ah yes, Chicago. 

We had a lovely time. 

15 comments:

Kmama said...

LOL!! That totally made me laugh out loud.

Sadia said...

I've been wondering if identicals run in the father's line recently myself. Lucas has a ton of multiples in his family, and some are identical. Almost all the identicals I know have identicals elsewhere in their father's family.

A lot of the arguments I've heard for identical twinning not being genetic come down to "we can't figure out how it would work". I don't know the cellular biology of this, but it does seem possible the likelihood of a blastocyst breaking into even-sized chunks with the first few days after fertilization COULD have a genetic component. I wonder if the research should be redone, this time taking into account disappearing twins ...

I'm glad you had a nice time.

liz said...

You're too funny. And I'm jealous you got to go to Chicago!

Two sets of twins must make for one hyper-grandmother!

Krystyn said...

Hilarious.

A co-worker once argued with me that identical twins were genetic...I then asked him to explain how...he didn't have an explanation. Let's say it's a good thing he doesn't teach biology.

Glad you had a good time.

blueviolet said...

Now that actually made me laugh! (And I adore Chicago!)

Ms. Understood said...

hyperovulating = play tennis, LOL. You are hilarious. Glad to hear you had a great trip.

gringationcancun said...

HAHA! hyper what now?

wonderchris said...

Great post - and the images of hyper-everything are going to be in my head all day. :)

Kristy said...

Funny! Love the pic. Have you seen It's Complicated yet? Your post reminded me of a funny scene where Meryl Streep has to tell the doctor that she loves "lots of" semen. I know, eeewwwww, right? But funny!

Princess Lolly said...

You visited my town!! Where'd you stay?

And, insofar as weather goes- I bet the day(s) you were here were either extremely lovely (in the 70s) or dark, cold and 40sish.

We don't tolerate in-betweens in the "spring." ;)

Katherine said...

My aunt had twins (they are 18 years old now.) And everyone was surprised because no one in the family had ever had twins before. Now, there are 5 sets of twins in my extended family. Apparently, either my aunt started a trend, or there was something in the water at the last family reunion.

litanyofbritt said...

i always wanted twins. i don't know if i could handle twice the no sleep, and if my son were a twin it would drive me straight to the pharmacy, but still twins are awesome!

Emily said...

Ah, mental images abound! I'm thinking along the lines of hyper, wriggly fish. Maybe a school of salmon with ADHD? :)

Megan said...

Kristy: No, I haven't but I want to! (Note to self: Don't see "It's Complicated" with parents or in-laws. Check.)

Princess L: Oh, we were just out in the suburbs staying with my brother-in-law. Maybe next time we'll make it into the actual city! It's been awhile since we've been able to do Chicago right. And it was lovely, weather-wise. :-)

Emily: Ha ha!!!! Actually, salmon was one of the many disturbing images that crossed my mind.

hotpants™ said...

Two sets of twins? Oh, what fun! Maybe not fun all of the time, but at least it keeps things interesting.

I love Chicago. I'd really love to go back soon.