Doppelgänger

She Said: Giovanna Gatto

It was my freshmen year and I was at an outing. Suddenly someone tapped me on my shoulder thinking I was someone else. After a laugh and an awkward farewell they walked away with the realization that I was not their friend that they were seeking out. That night I left with a photo of myself and girl with curly brown hair who was thought to “look like me.”

Since that moment and with my time spent binge watching, “How I Met Your Mother,” I have been fascinated by the concept of doppelgängers.

Doppelgängers are credited to myth and mystery through oral tradition and folklore. The science behind them has little factual proof except for uncredited people who have sought out the truth by finding someone without a blood relation that looks like them.

Thanks to the lovely invention of the
internet, people have also been finding others who resemble them on a minor scale. Often the word ‘twin’ is tossed around as a way to describe these look-a-likes.

Yet, even those people have similar features, much like my hair twin, they still are not true doppelgängers.

The formal definition of a doppelgänger alludes to someone who could act as a ghost of you due to their close resemblance to your appearance. Now I am not sure about anyone else, but that makes me want to call the professionals of  “Ghost Hunters” to crack this mystery.

Some people who are skeptical about ghosts may also be skeptical about this concept. Yet, I shoo those people away because even with no factual information to support my cause, I stand by my theory that doppelgängers are real and walking throughout our world as we speak.

To clarify, I am not currently dedicating my life to finding my doppelgänger.

However, I am adjusting my perspective to be on the lookout at all times. Since my freshmen year incident, I have been mistaken for this fellow Sacred Heart student on more than one occasion. Yet, I fail to believe that she is my true doppelgänger.

If this world is in fact too big for me to track down my Italian curly haired look-a-like, well then I suppose I can settle for finding hair twins instead. In fact, the curly haired fella to my left shares that resemblance. Maybe that just shows that I am one step closer to finding my doppelgänger.

As a doppelgänger advocate, I advise you to be on your toes as you go about your days. The next time you get mistaken for someone else, wonder how closely the resemblance is. You never know, the person on the other side of the misidentification could be your doppelgänger.

With only fiction and folklore to trust, the concept of doppelgängers rests as a mystery in our world. Yet, I would like to believe that I have solved the puzzle with my strong beliefs and aspirations to find my alternate identity.

To close, if you happen to see my hair twin wandering the halls of Sacred Heart, hold up this copy of the Spectrum to clarify her identity before complimenting this weeks issue.

He said: Anthony Mattariello

It has all happened to us. A random person walks up to you and starts talking as if you were best friends.

It only takes them until about mid sentence when they come to the embarrassing realization that they have no idea who you are.

It’s only after a good laugh that we start to wonder who this mystery look-a-like is. Could this person be my spitting image or do we just share a certain obvious trait?

Odds are the person just has a certain pronounced quality that you both share, such as extremely curly hair, making it easy for a person to think that you resemble someone they know.

I can’t argue whether or not someone can resemble another person because to me, it’s obvious that it could happen. I mean, my fellow editor and I do share the burden of curly hair.

However, that’s not what we’re here to debate today. We’re debating whether or not someone could have a true doppelgänger.

A doppelgänger is an exact double of a living person, not just someone who has similar features.

If I could bring science into this, and I will, the odds of someone being genetically symmetrical are astronomical to say the least.

Have you ever heard of the snowflake theory?

The theory about snowflakes is that every one of them looks entirely different from the other.

The process by which they are made backs this theory.

Snowflakes are made when water molecules are formed and frozen due to cold weather and then fall from the sky.

Since water molecules are all different and randomly form up, it’s safe to say that no snowflakes are alike.

The same goes for human genes. A gene is a segment of DNA that gives humans their traits, or physical features.

A child gets their genes by the sharing of their parent’s chromosomes. Every human has 23 chromosomes giving themselves 8,388,604 possible combinations.

That just goes for one person. Since you need two people to reproduce those combinations get compounded to 70,368,744,177,644.

This number only takes into account the amount of chromosome not the amount of genes you have.

A chromosome is made up of 100-1000 different genes. So that number of combinations would be compounded again into some number I can even begin to fathom, let alone explain.

I know people get caught up in television shows and hope that they could live a life similar to its characters, but it’s just not going to happen.

There’s a reason why “How I Met Your Mother” used the same actors for their doppelgängers. They did because it would be impossible to find actual people that are the mirror image of them.

These are just simple facts, nothing too crazy, just good old science and logic.

So the next time you think you found your doppelgänger, just remember there are 7 billion people in the world and to think that one can be the exact copy of the other is just ridiculous.

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