Let's Talk with Diane A.S. Stuckart
Twins. Doppelgangers. Clones.
These characters have been staples of fiction for centuries, from Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to Edgar Allen Poe’s William Wilson to Tana French’s The Likeness. And don’t forget movies like The Shining and Dave and The Prestige, the latter of which (spoiler alert!) features both twins and clones. Even a couple of our Booklovers Bench authors have series featuring twins. So, it’s hardly surprising that, given our fascination with folks who are mirror images, someone finally declared a National Look Alike Day, which just happens to be today.
According to our friends at the National Day Calendar, the holiday came into existence in the 1980s. Feature television reporter Jack Etzel was in search of a subject for a fluff piece when he ran across a man who resembled Humphrey Bogart. He turned that chance meeting into a fun feature story and decided it was worth repeating annually…thus, the creation of a new holiday.
But Mr. Etzel’s encounter was hardly unique. We’ve all had the experience of rushing up to someone we think is a friend or relative, only to discover to our embarrassment that the person is actually a stranger. And social media constantly features stories of lookalikes encountering each other in public places to general amusement. That, or twins separated at birth finding each other in adulthood when mutual friends bring them together because of their resemblance. And then we have the celebrity lookalikes who’ll perform at your holiday party or sing you a birthday telegram. Back when I was young and cute, guys used to tell me I looked like the actress Susan St. James. I’m not sure how close the resemblance was but, if you’re curious, I’ll let you do a Google search for a photo of her back in the day. Here’s one of me.
Of course, given the number of people on the planet and the limitations of the gene pool, it’s not surprising that replicants of each of us exist. I even read a statistic that claimed every person has six doppelgangers out there in the world somewhere. So on this National Look Alike Day, why don’t you take a stroll and see if you can find one of your twins.
Have you ever run across your doppelganger…or had someone tell you that you look just like someone they know? Or have you been mistaken for a celebrity before? Let us know your “twin” story in the comments.
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