I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live with a twin brother or twin sister.
For those of you that grew up with a twin, I kinda envy you because it’s probably a lot of fun. As this collection of stories proves, one of the benefits is that you can swap places with your twin in a hairy situation, and no one will be able to tell that you swapped places. Here are several hilarious stories of twins swapping places to deal with sticky situations.
1. April Fool’s
“My twin and I have swapped places successfully in many situations but the most recent was probably the best. My brother is an adjunct professor at a local university teaching web design. None of his students knew he had a twin. On April 1st, I came in to open the class instead of him. I casually said “Hi” to about 20 students, discussed questions about a project (making it up as I went) and even discussed a student’s grade before opening the lesson. No one noticed anything out of the ordinary. About 5 minutes into this, my brother threw open the classroom door and stepped in. He pointed to me and said “Who is this imposter?!” We didn’t know how they would react but we thought it would be a lot louder. Instead, most of the student’s mouths dropped open and they just stared back and forth in complete confusion and terror in a few cases. Finally, I broke in and said that I was teaching my class, as usual, and who was this guy interrupting? He dashed up to the front and said it was his class and I should leave. We then asked the students who’s class it was and about half got it right for bonus points and half got it wrong. Either way, we clearly made their day and we haven’t been able to play this trick again for the past few years because it still gets talked about.”
2. Time travel
“When we were younger I decided I wanted to quit my job, so I had my brother grow a beard and run in claiming to be me from the future. It was hilarious. He ran in and yelled “I need to speak with John” and I acted confused and said “Who are you?” and he said “I’m you from the future! We have to get underground ASAP, I’ll explain on the way!” Then I threw my apron on the counter and ran out with him.”
3. Good sister
“My twin sister and I aren’t really fully able to utilize our “ability”, due to not living with each other for most of our lives, but we do like to have fun with it. If we visit each other’s town with a new group of friends, we will switch places with one another, and always make the “newcomer” look like they are amazing at figuring out random tips and tricks of the city. On a more serious note, my sister and I switched places about 8 months ago in order to save her from a terrible boyfriend. My sister is too sweet to hurt a fly, but she really needed to dump this guy. So we switched places, I met up with the jerk at the bar and told him very honestly that him and I (my sister) couldn’t be together due to his abusive nature.”
4. Selling out
“I’ve run into people (not close friends, just acquaintances) I haven’t wanted to talk to and have pretended to be my identical twin to avoid annoying small talk: ‘Oh, I’m sorry, you must think I am [my name]. We are twins, this happens a lot.'”
5. Job interview fill-in
“One day, my brother got an interview at a rather large company in California. He was living in Washington at the time and I was in California; and not to say that I’m better at interviewing (though, I am), but clearly it was more convenient for me to attend the interview.
Truthfully, I wasn’t too busy the day of his interview and I had the mentality that I had nothing to lose by going and acting like someone else, which I did. It was a group interview and I decided to be annoying in the room. I tried to stand out by raising my hand a lot and asking stupid questions; I spoke up a lot and stayed behind after the interview to shake the hands of the managers who conducted the interviews. Sure enough, I get a call from my twin the next morning, and he said “Hey man… I need you to be there at 12:00pm to do the second interview.” Luckily, I was also free that day.
Well, he got hired and drove down from Washington to California to start work 3 days after the second interview. It was a real Parent Trap … like, explaining what people looked like, names… all that stuff. But, no one noticed. Perks of being an identical twin.
And that’s one of many interviews I’ve done for him to get him jobs.”
“Identical triplet here! My brothers and I did the trifecta switch in high school. It was for no particular reason, I didn’t need my mathematically inclined brother to take my calc. exam or anything. We just wanted to see if all three of us could do a switch with no insiders involved (we would recruit the help of friends to warn others that we are switching in case someone recognized something is up), we also wanted to see if we could not get caught.
We ended up switching classes the whole day, 6 periods worth of lies. And we did it. Fellow students knew but they did an amazing job by playing along. It was a touching moment. And our triplet superpowers only got stronger after that.”
7. Very smooth
“My twin brother and I went to different colleges and didn’t generally reveal to the friends we made that we each had a twin. One day a group of people approached me in the street, calling me by my brother’s name and asking me if I would like to join them in the pub. I knew that my twin brother was already at the pub so I said I’d bet them free drinks if I beat them to the pub in a foot-race, even if I gave them a head start. They agreed and ran off at top speed while I stood there casually checking my watch and buffing my fingernails on my lapel, only for them to arrive exhausted, and find ‘me’ standing at the bar, drink already in hand. I know it’s not exactly an achievement, but it was a fond fun twin moment.”
8. Major confusion
“I was visiting my brother’s college campus, where he lived in the dorm. I parked and was headed in, when a pair of female hands covered my eyes from behind. I turned around and saw a pretty blonde girl, to whom I only had a chance to say ‘Hi’ before she threw her arms around my neck and kissed me. She then said, ‘Is your brother here yet? I can’t wait to meet him.’ To which I replied, ‘I think you just did.’ She looked confused for a couple seconds and then turned bright red. When we both got inside she beat my bro’s arm for a solid five minutes. Apparently he had never told her we were twins, since they had only gone out for a few weeks at the time. They eventually got married but the way she and I met gets brought up just about every family gathering.”
9. Yep, there’s three of them
“My brother and I went to the same college. On one occasion we both went to the library- I was studying, he was meeting a classmate for a project. She ran into me instead and I pretended to be my brother. When it got old I went looking for him but couldn’t find him, so I took off my jacket and came back to the girl. I introduced myself and explained that my brother was her classmate, and I was looking for him. She said he had just left. I walked away, put the jacket on, and came back. She said my brother was looking for me. I kept leaving and coming back several times, until eventually my brother finally arrived. When she saw him, wearing something totally different that what I had worn with or without the jacket, she freaked out and yelled, ‘THERE ARE THREE OF YOU!?!'”
10. Now they’re even
“My twin brother got me a detention for his dress code violation and neglected to tell me which resulted in me almost getting suspended. In return, I failed his French test.”
11. Don’t ever trick a trickster
“My sister and I were handed each other’s picture forms on our senior year picture day in high school. We thought it might be funny to not switch them back, take each other’s yearbook/school ID card pictures, and have few people know we did it. Harmless shenanigans, right?
Then one day at the end of the year, after SAT’s, AP tests, and collage applications were all over, I got called into the principal’s office. This had never happened to me before, and I had no idea why on earth I would be called down, since I hadn’t gotten into any trouble. I get there, and my sister had already arrived.
Principal sits us down and tells us that, when cross referencing our school ID photos and the driver’s licenses we provided at the SAT, College Board found a discrepancy and was investigating the possibility that we may have taken each other’s tests. I hadn’t even thought about that being a possibility, and all the blood went to my stomach. My sister and I freaked out, and as calmly as we could tried to explain what we thought was a harmless prank, but he kept a straight face and insisted that if there was any possibility that we had switched tests, our scores could be invalidated.
After about 10 minutes of explaining and reasoning with him about how we’d comply with any investigation but we swear we took our own tests and so on, he calmly told us it was all a joke. I felt like I was going to pass right out. He was laughing and saying things like ‘Got you good,’ and reassuring us that everything was fine and that we should go back to class.
Turns out that since we have family in the school district, the principal had heard that my sister and I switched and decided it would be brilliant to make us think our futures were in danger. In his defense, it was objectively a fantastic prank, and his delivery was so level and authoritative that at no point occurred to us that College Board doesn’t reference yearbook photos to confirm identities. Props to him for creativity, but what goes around comes around.”
12. Parenting hack!
“When my brother and I were about 2 years old, we went to get our passport pictures taken. My brother went first and he got his picture taken normally, but for some reason, I was being a little [awful] that day and I got to the point where I was screaming to my parents that I did not want my picture taken. They were not ready to put up with another minute of my nonsense, so they got me and my brother and they switched our shirts without the cameraman noticing. So, in my place, my brother took the picture with my shirt without anyone ever finding out that he was in both pictures. To this day, I still mess with other people to try to guess which twin is which in those two pictures.”
13. Graduation save
“My identical twin brother wasn’t the most dedicated student in high school, while I was focused on getting into the college of my dreams. He would often skip class to go hang out with his friends and do things that I didn’t find to be quite beneficial to my goal of success. Well, his ditching habits got out of hand. It was in the second month of senior year of high school, and his 0-period English teacher told him that he had 14 absences, and that if he missed one more 0 Period class, he would drop fail the class and would not be able to graduate. This really threw my brother’s life into gear and he began to come to school early and put his life back together.
One day, it was 5 minutes before 0 period had started, and I got a call from my bro. His car broke down and he was stuck 2 miles away from school. He had been trying to fix it for the past 10 minutes and couldn’t figure out what happened. I sensed the urgency in his voice and knew he wasn’t [kidding] me. I agreed to take his place and miss my ceramics 0 period and take his English class. The only issue was that his class was on the other side of the school. By the time I went to his locker, grabbed his books, and ran to his class, I was about a minute late. I rushed in, and saw the teacher give a sigh of relief when he saw me. So basically, I saved my brother from not graduating. No one noticed that it wasn’t him and it was me, but I do remember this one girl coming up to me at lunch and asking why I changed clothes. Later found out that she was in the 0 period class.”
“My twin brother and I go to different colleges. I knew he was coming up to visit a couple weeks after college started, so I didn’t tell any of my new friends I had a twin and didn’t friend anyone on social media or anything. When he came up to visit, he came right to my room. And we switched for about an hour. It was great. He said he had an in-depth conversation about the fantasy football league I was in, just using cues he found in the conversation. Nobody had any idea. Wanna real mess with a group of people? Pull a good twin switch. The reveal was awesome. He was having dinner in the dining hall with my friends, I sat down at a nearby table. The looks of disbelief on people’s faces were unbelievable. This one guy looked at him, looked at me, looked at him, looked atme. Speechless. God, I love being a twin.”
15. Great success!
“My twin brother was President of the class and I was Vice President our Junior Year. When it came time for after school re-election speeches for senior year, my brother completely forgot and walked home. I did my speech for Vice President, then borrowed a friend’s shirt and made up a Presidential speech for him on the spot. We both won.”
16. 100% identical
“We would usually say things at the same time. But that was a coincidence. When we realized this, we started doing it on purpose to creep people out. And it really creeped them out.
One especially that I remember was in 8th grade. A dude always told my sister she confused her with me, so we knew that if he saw us together he would say the something in the lines of “You are totally identical.”
So the time comes and he says that, so we go and say at the same time, “What are you talking about? We are totally different.” The look on his face was priceless, I wish I could have recorded it.”
“In high school I made a bet with my AP physics teacher that we could switch classes on him and he wouldn’t notice. He agreed and said he’d give an A on the final if we did. We switched on the day of the final and I had him give him the scantron with the bubbles saying his name…not mine. To prep for this, I walked into class every day acting confused. So to throw him off my trail.”
18. Pranking your students 101
My sister teaches grade school and every year she comes up with a new way to prank her students and I have to go there for April Fool’s Day.
19. It comes in handy
“While in Iraq, I signed all my legal rights over to my brother. That give him legal rights to my bank account. When my family was in financial trouble, I gave the ok for my brother to take money out of my account. The bank refused to honor the legal document and would not let my brother take money out. Next day he went to the same bank with my passport and took the money out of my account. In college I emailed my professor that I would be missing a 3 hour night class because of the flu (Halloween parties). I walked across campus halfway through the the class thinking it was clear. Nope, the professor lets the class out early for Halloween campus events and he sees me walking to said parties. Afterward he emails me calling me out for skipping class. Mind you this was the best professor I had in college and I had to take more classes from him with my major later on. So I rolled the dice and told him that I was home all night and he must have seen my twin brother on campus. I told him I thought he knew I had a twin who was a different major by now, because of previous classes. Then I provided him with a link to the track & field roster website to prove I had a twin who looked like me. Next week in class he apologizes to the entire class about how he [screwed] up and wrongly called me out for skipping.”
“My brother completely refinanced my student loans (he is in banking) for me and saved me some bucks. He knows my SS# by heart and looks just like me. He reminds me often he can steal my life in a heartbeat.”
21. Grown up triplets
“Identical triplet here. I was the paper writer back in high school, while one brother took care of the sciences, and the last one helped with math tests or homework. Done it a few times in the freshmen and sophomore years. Decided to end our shenanigans in the later years for academic integrity and stuff.”
22. My brain just melted
“My brother went to a job interview pretending to be me. I (he) got the job, and I’ve been working there for just over a year now.”
23. Amazing thinking there
“Didn’t really swap places but we both worked as bus boys in a restaurant. When we worked at the same time, customers thought we were one person. The hardest working person they had ever seen. The tips were great.”
Do you have a twin and a funny story about something that you two did to share? Share it in the comments below!