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August 24, 2009

Slideshow: Watch and listen as the twins talk about being twins.

The dictionary defines twin as "One of two children or animals born at the same birth; a person or thing that is exactly like another."

Being a twin is much more than looking alike, or dressing the same. It is having someone who always understands you and relates to you like no other. They know what you are thinking and oftentimes finish your sentences. And for identical twins, your twin is your other half, a carbon copy of you, and a lifelong best friend.

It also has the drawback of losing one's individual identity because you are constantly thought of as half of a single unit. Time to yourself is a luxury when sharing the same bedroom, bathroom, school, friends and homework with your mirror image.

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Most of the time, though, the pluses outweigh the minuses.

I have three sisters, an older sister and a younger set of twins, Alison and Valerie. My twin sisters are not identical in any way. They are two different people with two different sets of interests. One is in real estate, the other is an artist. Yet they still share that unique bond that only twins have. I was lucky enough to have witnessed this growing up.

I have always wanted to photograph sets of identical twins for a newspaper project. It was an absolute joy meeting these twins, taking their pictures and discovering things I never knew about twins.

- Joe Crocetta, staff photographer

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