But Can You Annul the Memories?

January 12, 2008 at 9:34 am 19 comments

British twins who were separated at birth met later on in life, felt “an inevitable attraction” and got married. After learning of their biological connection, they quickly got their marriage annulled.

So they probably looked quite similar, shared the same birthday and knew they were both adopted. Were none of these big enough red flags to prevent the union? If only they had checked it out beforehand!


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  • 1. Jana  |  January 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I wish they would use the word “connection” instead of “attraction.” Saying “inevitable attraction” makes it sound like it’s normal to be attracted to your brother. Who knew that soap opera plots were based on reality?

  • 2. lemare  |  January 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    i saw this on drudge yesterday. unbelievable! they say you’re attracted to people who look similar to you. I’m guessing there was that “hint of familiarity” and connection that they construed as romantic chemistry and attraction.

  • 3. Massimo  |  January 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Twins separated at birth is, of course, one of the most durable narrative tropes from Plautus to Lucas. But while the fictional versions may bring the twins perilously close to coupling, they usually have the good taste not to let them go through with it.

    Among the many oddities of this story is the following statement by Lord Alton: “[T]he judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation.” Whatever the merits of Alton’s proposal, why do I suspect the judge is the participant in this sordid story least affected by the consequences of the marriage and the issues of their separation? Keep your hands to yourselves, Luke and Leia, lest you create a bureaucratic nightmare!

    I am also more convinced than ever that my policy of never dating redheads is sound.

  • 4. lemare  |  January 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Great point about the judge, Massimo… Poor JUDGE? Not poor bride, who realized she and her husband shared a womb? Not poor groom who realized he’s been groping his sister?

    And as far as Plautus and Lucas, Massimo, I’m always pleased to see you upping the academic quotient of this blog!

  • 5. Sportsattitude  |  January 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Future dating will be awkward…”So, what’s your status? Divorced? What was your ex like? Are you still friendly with them? (yeah, they’re like family…)

  • 6. lemare  |  January 13, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    “What did he look like?”
    “A lot like me, actually…”

  • 7. Massimo  |  January 14, 2008 at 12:05 am

    “What happened?”
    “Let’s just say we, uh, grew apart.”

  • 8. critts  |  January 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    This weirds me out. I remember growing up there was a couple that went to church with us that were second cousins. Their families weren’t close and they didn’t realize/find out they were related until 2 weeks before their wedding and decided to go on with it. Amazing. Also – I babysat for a family who had their family tree on display over the fireplace. The best part? The family tree joined up three generations back. Gotta love polygamy!

  • 9. lowdogg  |  January 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Let me go ahead and say that I think a lot of Utahns look alike? Anyone else think so?

  • 10. lemare  |  January 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Cousin Wes and I have the exact same eyes, and yet, in more than a few states, are allowed to marry. Go figure.

    Don’t worry, we won’t ever be making the trip to West Virginia.

  • 11. Massimo  |  January 14, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    A couple in my parents’ ward had been married 30 years or more when her widowed mother married his widowed father (or vice versa), thus making the original couple step-siblings.

    When in my native Utah I am frequently mistaken for a guy named Joey (not the one who posts here) and someone who served a mission in Honolulu, so maybe Lowdogg is right. One of the young women in my ward thinks I look like the guy in “Ratatouille.” I flatter myself that she doesn’t mean the rat.

  • 12. Sportsattitude  |  January 14, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I just knew even though the story started out in Britain, this comment trail would lead us to West Virginia!

  • 13. Lindsay  |  January 14, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I heard on the radio that they want to stay married and actually want children! A little inbreeding anyone?

  • 14. pammyshep  |  January 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Let’s not make fun of the inbreeders… they provided me with lots of entertainment while living in Arkansas.

    And let me just say that it’s not just twins separated at birth who can be attracted to and then marry each other. There is a family in my mom’s ward and they grope each other all the time. In fact, the younger sister refers to herself as her brother’s “plural wife”. YUK. I’m pretty sure his real wife is considering divorce. Oh — and all these people are in their early to mid-20s.

  • 15. TRussell  |  January 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Could have done w/o knowing that last one today. I need a bath.

  • 16. Sportsattitude  |  January 15, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Perhaps this will become a hot-button issue on the convention floors as the election draws near. This could be a question begging to be asked of the candidates in the debates ahead…where DO you stand on in-breeding Senator?

  • 17. lemare  |  January 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I just read the book Middlesex, and basically a child was born a hermaphrodite (raised a girl, found out she was actually a male at the age of 14) and the condition was caused by inbreeding.

    I’m just saying, marry your brother, your kid could be a mixie-mixie.

  • 18. chasingtoddlermom  |  January 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    This is too hilarious! I think you can actually marry your 1st cousin in Utah after age 50 or something like that. At least that’s the running joke in my family.

    So…we already know that my DH is a twin, but could there be an unknown triplet? His brother’s wife shares their birthday….spooky….

    Here’s one for you–a girl in my ward’s father married her sister in law after being widowed. The girl’s husband then left her for a man. Dad and sister in law are still married. Now how’s that for awkward family relations??

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