1The co-workers who found out they're actually long lost brothers
Their customers always told Randy Joubert and Gary Nisbet, co-workers at a furniture store in Waldoboro, Maine, that they look similar enough to be brothers. They always laughed it off, but when Joubert looked for his birth parents, he found out that he's been working side by side with his long lost brother.
Prefacing his line of questioning with the statement, “Don't think I'm weird,” Joubert asked his co-worker a few pointed questions based on names and dates gleaned from his own adoption records. Seconds later, Joubert realized that the man who had been on the other end of countless couches, mattresses and recliners for 2 months wasn't just a co-worker. Nisbet was the long-lost brother for whom he had been searching. It's a story that seems too perfect even for a movie: Two brothers, born a year apart, grow up in adoptive families in neighboring towns and attending rival schools. As adults, each lives in Waldoboro but spends 35 years not knowing about the other's existence. Then they end up not only working for the same small business, in this case Dow Furniture in Waldoboro, but also riding together in the same delivery truck day after day.
A few days later a teary-eyed woman from nearby Warren showed up at the furniture gallery claiming to be their half-sister — and she had the birth certificate and other paperwork to prove it. Joanne Campbell was born to the same mother five and six years before the two men.
2The 4 sisters who gave birth to 4 babies within 4 days
Four must be this family's lucky number! Four sisters gave birth to four babies within four days. Three of the sisters live in the Chicago area. A fourth lives in California.
On a Friday, Leslie Tazos, 24, of Stone Park gave birth to a girl. Her sister, Saby Pazos, 29, of Bellwood, also gave birth Friday-- to a boy. On the next Saturday, another sister, Lilian Sepulveda, 27, of Franklin Park, gave birth to a girl. A fourth sister, Heidi Lopez, who lives in California, gave birth to a boy the next Monday. That's four babies-- two boys and two girls-- within four days for four sisters. Family members say the women didn't plan the timing. Obstetrician Dr. Jean Alexandre, who delivered the three Chicago area babies at Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, calls the births very unusual but wonderful at the same time.
3The Mormon sisters who married the same husband
Relationship between sisters can be hard, but two sisters in Utah are somehow capable of sharing a husband. Katie and Priscilla Churcher share a husband, Travis, and they say it's great for their personal lives. After all, they only have to spend half as much time as normal doting on their husband, which gives them more time to hang out with friends, and there's always a babysitter when they go on a date.
All three of them were raised in Fundamentalist Mormon families (Fundamentalists are an offshoot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who practice polygamy), so when Katie and Travis were married, they discussed the possibility of having plural wives in the family. After a few years, Travis began wooing Priscilla, and she slowly fell in love with him. Since polygamy is illegal, they were married in an unofficial church ceremony, and they now live together in a house, with each of the wives having their own rooms that Travis alternates between. Although they admit it can be challenging, everybody loves the family dynamic, and they hope that someday laws will change so they can openly practice their religious beliefs.
4The Kung Fu sisters who staged a combat tournament to find a date
Martial arts experts Xiao Lin, 22, and little sister Yin, 21, are to stage a three day fighting festival in Foushan, south east China, where only the toughest suitors stand a chance of getting through. First contestants must show off their archery skills, then they must carry a heavy weight over sharpened bamboo spears, and finally they have to defeat one of the sisters in full contact combat. Only then will contestants earn the right to remove the girls' masks and propose to them. The two sisters were sick and tired of all the weak, "girly men" lining the streets of China. They've tried looking everywhere, but to no avail. “We tried dating agencies but the men we met were all too weak,” Yin said. “We could beat them easily.” 'So we went back to ancient ways called Bi Wu Zhao Qin - which was the way warrior princesses would find their men.' But so far, only a trickle of brave contestants has come forward.'I'm a very good martial artist - but I think I'd want to see them with the masks off before I decided whether I wanted to fight for them,' said one doubtful suitor.
5The twin brothers who were killed on the same road two hours apart
In 2002, seventy-year-old twin brothers have died within hours of one another after separate accidents on the same road in northern Finland. The first of the twins died when he was hit by a lorry while riding his bike and crossing highway 8 in Raahe, 600 kilometres north of the capital, Helsinki. He apparently didn't notice the lorry in the snow blizzard . The second brother was killed by a lorry only two hours later while riding his bike and also crossing highway 8. The second brother couldn't have been aware of the first brother's death, as the police was still trying to identify the victim. He died just 1.5km from the spot where his brother was killed. "This is simply a historic coincidence. Although the road is a busy one, accidents don't occur every day," police officer Marja-Leena Huhtala told Reuters.
Many twins believe they share a mysterious connection to each other, and can feel each other's pain or distress. But it is thought extremely rare for deaths to occur within such a short space of time.
6The quadruplet sisters who all work in same job
In what is surely one of the oddest twists of fate, the Hwang sisters, identical quads, have all gotten nursing jobs and are working at the very same South Korean hospital where they were born twenty-one years ago! The coincidence stretches even a bit further. Hwang Suel and her three sisters, Seol, Sol and Milall, began their training on the same day at Gacheon University Gil Hospital in Incheon, one of the leading hospitals not only in Korea but also in all of Northeast Asia.
Known for its outstanding medical professionals and state-of-the art facilities, the hospital began as a small Gynecology and Obstetrics clinic back in 1958.This is the second time these amazing quads have been in the headlines; the first being when they were born as Korea's second ever set of identical quadruplets. Quadruplets are very rare and they occur when four eggs are released and fertilized at once, or when one egg splits into four, or one egg splits into three with the fourth one fertilized, two eggs split into two, or one egg splits and two are fertilized.
The quads are delighted with their accomplishments and their futures all look bright. The hospital staff has welcomed the new nurses with open arms. “I would like to praise the mother for raising all four girls… with such good care. I look forward to seeing these four women becoming great nurses like Florence Nightingale.” Well, Florence Nightingale was one thing, but four of her is something else again! Can you imagine a person suffering from a lapse of or defective vision seeing all four nurses walking into the hospital room at the same time?
7The Twin Brothers who have a niece and a daughter but don't know who is the father and who is the uncle
Twin brothers, Ramon and Richard Miller, are the father and uncle to a 3-year-old little girl. The problem is they don't know which is which. Or who is who. Ramon and Richard have been fighting in court for four years over the paternity of a child; the identical Missouri twins say they were unknowingly having sex with the same woman.
According to the woman's testimony, she had sex with each man on the same day, within hours of each other. When the woman in question, Holly Marie Adams, got pregnant, she named Ramon the father, but he contested and demanded a paternity test, bringing his own brother Richard to court. But the paternity test in this case could not help, as it showed that both brothers have over a 99.9 percent probability of being the daddy— and neither one wants to pay child support.
8The twins separated at birth who got married without knowing they were related
This is the harrowing story of twins who were separated at birth and married each other without realizing they were brother and sister. When the unnamed couple realized the shocking truth about their relationship, they had their marriage annulled at a secret High Court hearing. A judge ruled the union was legally invalid. The couple's plight was revealed by the former Liberal Democrat MP Lord Alton, who is fighting for children to have greater rights to know the identity of their biological parents.
The judge told Lord Alton that the twins had been parted at birth and adopted. Neither knew they had a twin and when they met as adults they did not realize they were related but felt "an inevitable attraction". It was only after they married, according to Lord Alton, that they became aware of the "appalling" truth and sought to have their union dissolved. Marriages can be annulled in cases where there is a "prohibited degree of consanguinity" - blood relationship. No other details about the couple, their relationship, or the annulment have been made public . Audrey Sandbank, a family therapist and author of Twins and Triplet Psychology, said the twins are likely to have felt "like soulmates" when they met for the first time because of their shared genes. "This is a terrible trauma for them. They lost each other as babies and now they have lost each other again. They have been bereaved twice."
9The twin sisters who paid £60,000 on surgery to look completely identical
Some identical twins do everything in tandem, from coming down with chickenpox to donning tutus for ballet lessons. But Jo and Kerry Burton have taken this fact to a whole new level. When Jo decided to have cosmetic surgery on her nose, Kerry followed suit. And since that day, the sisters have spent £60,000 on a host of operations - all carried out at the same time by the same doctors - to ensure they cannot be told apart. They even had to have their initials written on their bellies so the surgeon knew who was who. At age 34, they both have had a breast enlargement, eye-lift, permanent make-up tattoos and Botox jabs.
10The identical twins who were ruled as ‘not related' by the Australian government
This is the sort of thing that only government bureaucracy can come up with: Australian immigration authorities have decided that Rosabelle Glasby couldn't bring her identical twin sister into the country because … they're not related! Adopted by different families shortly after their birth in Malaysia, Mrs Glasby and Dorothy Loader were separated for almost 50 years before finally meeting. But now Mrs Glasby, from Margaret River, is facing an uphill battle to be permanently reunited with her twin, who lives in Malaysia. In a letter to Mrs Glasby, DIAC state director Paul Farrell explained that despite the circumstances, the present laws meant Ms Loader would not be eligible for family migration.
"Under Migration Law where the legal relationship between a child and his/her birth parents has been severed by adoption, the legal relationship between the child and his/her birth siblings is also severed,” he said."It therefore does not appear that your twin sister would be eligible for a permanent visa under the Family Stream of the Migration Program.”
Mrs Glasby said she was heartbroken that her long-lost twin did not qualify as family. "We're identical twin sisters _ we're the same egg,” she said. “Just because we got adopted into different families they say they don't consider us related. It's hard to get anyone more related to me.”