Identical Twins Share Their Most Awkward Moments When People Mixed Them Up

Twins: people mix them up, and chaos ensues. Wouldn't it be nice to have a double with whom shenanigans can be had?

TheWolfRevenge asked identical twins of Reddit: What's the most awkward thing that has happened to you because someone thought you were your sibling?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Why not make this a regular thing?

Not so much awkward for me but for the poor girl working drive thru. I own fast food restaurants and one day my brother, who is not in the business, decided to come visit a few stores with me. Once we arrived, I had the bright idea of going inside and having my brother go through the drive thru. The girl at the window immediately gets surprised when he pulls up and she turned really fast and looked at me then him. She was literally stuck in her mind frozen with this weird look on her face for a few seconds. She then turns to him and try's to mumble a sentence and then turns to me trying to say he looks like me but it's coming out all wrong because her mind was too boggled I guess. I immediately told her it was my twin brother because I thought she was having a stroke. She took a deep breath and then started laughing. I don't think I'll ever do that again!


Fantastic, don't stop doing that.


This confused boss.

I had my boss get mad at me one time because I called out of my shift one night when I was really sick. He left work before the dinner rush and got some food at a different restaurant that my twin brother works at. My brother told me that my boss went up to him and said something along the lines of "why did you feel the need to make up you were sick, just to go work at a second job? I'm not sure if I want someone who will lie to me to work for me." Needless to say he didn't believe my brother when he tried explaining that he is my twin. Most of my other coworkers have met my brother and backed me up when my boss was talking about it the next day.


This whole thread almost makes me think it should be a law for twins to have a sticker on that says "I have an identical sibling, stop getting mad at me for it".

It would be pink. No reason, I just like pink.


Twin teamwork.

Brother and I worked together for about 4 yrs in retail. We would often get scheduled wrong and got so many "you are in two places at once" comments. Most awkward thing I can recall that happened was I got yelled at by a customer (I ran register and he ran the floor) for something my brother did. The customer layed into me and I watched my brother appear from around a corner and he came by and asked the customer to lay off me and he'd help her. The customer profusely apologized before following him.

All in all, working with my twin was a lot of fun.


You should have told customers "No worries just go to isle 5 and I'll be with you in a minute" but your twin is already waiting there for them.


Judgemental much?

My parents have a friend who is an identical twin. Several years ago he and his wife were in the process of adopting two children through a private agency. Things were going well and the adoption date was set, but about two weeks before it was supposed to be finalized the couple got a phone call from the agency stating there was a problem. One of the people working on their case claimed they had seen the husband out with another woman and the agency would not adopt the kids into an unstable home. Turns out, the husband's twin and sister-in-law had been in town visiting and happened to go shopping and been seen kissing his wife. The agency knew the guy had a brother, but not that he was a twin. He and his wife had to go into the agency with my parents' friends to prove they weren't lying.


I can't blame them, but that irritates me for some reason.


Whoever saw them would have had a self righteousness boner for days at the thought of turning them down.


This is a reasonable mistake, and a valid reason to not let these people adopt. It would be frustrating to have to prove you are a twin. I'm sure that was annoying.


Actually it's really strange. I'm adopted and the procedure and research about the adopting couple (at least in my country) is very extensive. It goes as far as interviewing neighbors, colleagues and coworkers. The existence of an identical twin would have come up fairly early in the process.


Good point, it definitely should have come up.


Twins in school together.

In high school one of my twin brother's teachers said hello to me and tried to grab my arm to speak to me about something probably class related. I didn't know who it was as I had never taken her class and walked off quickly and kind of weirded out.

Later she berated my brother in class in front of everyone for being so rude to her. He told her it was probably his twin brother and she didn't believe him. Everyone else in the class told her that he did have a twin brother, to corroborate his claim, but she refused to believe any of them.


I was in a few classes with a kid who was sometimes really nice and sometimes standoffish. We were kinda friends, except when we weren't. It was very strange.

Then one day I saw him walk in the room as he was sitting next to me. Turns out I was only friends with one twin.


A lifetime of confusing people. Jealous.

Most of the people I knew in high school would eventually figure us out seeing as most of us had known each other since elementary school. Now that I'm in college, I have random people walk up to me to talk about the next homework assignment/essay/just any class that my twin is taking to me, not realizing that we're 2 different people. It's amazing to see the differing reactions of people once I break the news to them. It's always either visibly confused, laughter, and then maybe a "oh, f*ck you" followed by even more laughter once they realize they've been talking to the wrong person the whole time.


I have some really good friends that are twins, but when I first met them it was at an event where I met a bunch of people in a short amount of time, and I met them separate from each other. They were wearing uniforms and hats so it was extra difficult to tell them apart. It took me all day to realize they were different people, and nobody thought to mention it when they introduced us. It was like ten years ago and I still laugh about it.



Visited my twin at another college; was sleeping at his place when some random girl crawled into bed with me. She did not believe me when I insisted that I wasn't him so we stayed until he got home from the bar. I'll never forget watching the sinking realization in her face.


What did you guys do while you waited? What did she say once she realized?


She was tipsy so I believe she probably thought he was trying to back out of their "arrangement." We weren't waiting all that long, maybe half an hour? Spent my time insisting that I was his identical twin and that she seemed really nice but that it just wasn't In the cards for her and I. I do not remember if she said anything, she just kinda had that "holy. Sh*t. It's true"-look. Sounds like she may have been duped before by bar hookups.


Keep it going.

My dad is an identical twin. Both have a wife and two kids. They both frequent a restaurant with the family. Every time we go to that restaurant, the staff point and whisper. Dad tells us it's because they think he and his twin are the same guy, with two families (who don't know about each other), and bring both of his families to the same place.


Why not go at the same time sometime? or do they think it's funny?


Oh and like sit back to back and pretend not to notice.


Have just the families sit back to back, without their dads.


Normally unbelieveable, but true!

I was walking to my car one day after classes when I was in college when this girl comes marching up to me angry as all hell and asks why I didn't call her back after "our wonderful night together." Turns out, her and my twin had a one night stand and he ghosted her afterwards.


"Listen, it wasn't me, it was my identical twin who ghosted you. No, really!"


Once in a lifetime.

I have one with a twist.

Me and brother are 2 years apart and resemble each other vaguely. We moved towns and after few years I was visiting my old town. Went to a store and the owner greeted me with some slangs that should be used only with friends. I was shocked and he realised his mistake. Apologized profusely and told me how he was a close buddy of my bro.

After a year or so I saw him at a railway station. Jokingly I shouted the same slangs to greet him. A WTF was written all over his face. I thought he forgot about our exchange and tried to remind him. He refused to know my brother. I apologized and moved on.

Some time later I mentioned this to my brother who said "he has an identical twin."


Omg that's amazing.


This is the best one.


Keep people guessing.

Identical twin here. I work in a shopping centre that my twin had previously worked at. People constantly walk up to me and jump straight into conversation, they sometimes talk for ages before I get to cut in. Most of the time I end up just pointing to my name tag, that stops them pretty quick as they akwardly walk away in silence and confusion.

My twin and I think it is fun not to tell coworkers or new friends that we have a twin, makes for a good first introduction to the other brother.


I get something going similar in my new job (which I've had for 4 years now) because my brother joined at my old job shortly before I left. People come up to me and ask when I changed jobs, and are then surprised to hear how long I've been at the new place.

"But I'm sure I saw you there last week!" They say.

No no, that's just my brother.

Who is seven years younger than me.

And about 6 inches taller.

And 30lbs heavier.

And has a huge beard, whereas I've only ever had stubble.

And his hair is brown while mine is jet black.

And he's much quieter than me.

But other than that, oh yeah, f*ckin' identical mate. I can tell you paid attention during the decade I spent working there and seeing you five times a week...



I was in a play in college and my brother was supportive enough to come to one of the performances with some other family members.

The stage manager saw him and came up to say "TheGingernational, what are you doing in the lobby? You're supposed to be in the green room." To which he responded: "Oh my god, I forgot all my lines!"

She then remembered that I have an identical twin.


This is my favorite one so far.


Perfect response.



One time we were discussing random people who we shared birthdays with and one of my friends told everyone "I don't share a birthday with anyone"... We had to remind her she was a twin.


They think as one, be as one...


I mean, if one was born at 11:59pm and the other at 12:01am....


That would be reasonable but unfortunately for her that wasn't the case, she can continue looking a bit dumb.


Oh, that old scheme.

When we were kids, my twin brother and I were in separate classes for almost everything, having been unjustly split up since primary school.

One year in secondary school, we had a schedule that meant one day a week, we the same teacher for science, but him in a morning class and me in an afternoon class. One particular day this teacher was off for some reason, and a substitute teacher was filling in.

I walk into my afternoon class, sit down with my friends and get my shit out onto my desk. About 5 minutes into the lesson with this substitute teacher, he squares up on me and says loudly in front of the class "Why are you here? You were in my morning class?"

Everyone stops and looks at me.

"Er, no I wasn't" "Yes you were."

I then realised what was going on.

"Ohhh, you're probably thinking of my brother. I have an identical twin and he has science in the morning."

He pauses slightly.

"I've been a teacher for over thirty years. Do you think I've never heard someone tell me that they have an identical twin?"

The whole class is now watching to see how this turns out.

"I swear to you sir, I have an identical twin."

My friends, while laughing, try to back me up. Eventually I had to go to the school office with him to confirm that I do indeed have a twin brother.


Because logically what you'd want to exploit as a twin is going to Science twice in a day...



Identical twin here. My brother and I hung out at an Internet cafe quite a bit when we were in HS. One day, a friend within our circle asked to speak to me on the phone because she thought I was cute and wanted to get to know me more. Of course I had always thought better of myself than I actually was, so I naturally accepted this opportunity. However, the conversation got more weird and awkward as we both could not relate to what each other was saying or describing.

Then she asked me: "wait, were you the one wearing black?" To which I responded, "uhh no. That'd be my brother". And she quickly closed our conversation by saying: "oh I'm sorry, I thought your brother was the cute one. Can you hand the phone to him please"?

I was both slightly insulted for not being cute and messed with :(

EDIT: Those wondering how she could tell: I was more active with sports in HS whereas my brother was not so much. So I guess you can say that girls like em THICC boiz...


Damn youre an identical twin and STILL not the cute one.

Thats gotta hurt.


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