Traditionally, bumping into your doppelgänger is seen as a sign of bad luck. Indeed, like walking under a ladder or stepping on pavement cracks, it’s something that the superstitious sort are keen to avoid. And, usually, they wouldn’t have much trouble doing so. After all, what are the chances that you’re going to come across your exact double? Well, apparently – if these baffling encounters are anything to go by – weirdly high.
Last year, for example, Neil Douglas boarded a flight from London to Galway, Ireland. When he got to his seat, however, he found that he was already sitting in it. Or at least, someone who looked exactly like him: 35-year-old Robert Stirling. The pair were even staying at the same hotel in Galway. It doesn’t get much freakier than this.
Generally, unless you’re starring in a time-traveling science fiction movie, you don’t expect to run into yourself at a party. However, that’s exactly what this woman did. And, for that matter, so did her exact double. Presumably what followed was a series of hilarious pranks in which they swapped clothes to fool their friends. Alas, we’ll never know for sure.
Sure, having the same beard as someone you run into isn’t such a crazy coincidence. But when everything else looks identical, too? Yeah, this is definitely a case of doppelgängers crossing paths. Either that, or they’re actually the same person, and their meeting will trigger a massive, world-ending paradox. One of the two, anyway.
Remember in The Matrix Revolutions when Agent Smith duplicates into hundreds of Hugo Weaving clones? Well, this must be where the writers got the idea. Indeed, these two scarily identical doppelgängers not only know each other, but they also work together. After all, employing clones would definitely save money on recruiting…
Typically, doppelgängers in movies and TV shows are the “evil” versions of the protagonist. In 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted, for example, Kermit faced off against his villainous double Constantine. However, the guys above don’t seem too worried by the prospect of an evil twin. Indeed, they’re apparently just happy to have crossed paths.
In a world full of identikit flat-packed furniture, what are the odds that two identical people would meet there, too? Well, probably higher than anywhere else. In fact, anyone walking past this pair in IKEA would probably have wondered if they, too, were for sale in a box somewhere.
This might make your brain hurt. One of these photos is face-swapped. However, the two guys are such solid doppelgängers that it’s basically impossible to tell which image has been altered. Sure, their hair and glasses are pretty standard for two people meeting at a music festival, but it’s the completely interchangeable faces that really sell it.
What’s weirder than meeting someone who looks exactly like you? Well, meeting someone who looks exactly like you and dresses exactly like you, too. These women are not only the spitting image of each other, but they’re both wearing grey and even have the same hair accessories. Yeah, this is definitely some kind of glitch in the matrix.
With roughly seven billion people in the world right now, the odds that there’s someone out there who looks just like you are actually pretty good. One could say that variations in human genetics aren’t truly unlimited, after all. Indeed, possibly the most extraordinary part of these encounters is both people being in the same place at the same time, like the two girls above.
It’s one thing to find someone who looks just like you. It’s another thing completely for your entire family to mistake that person for you. But that’s exactly what happened to Yu Huan here, whose dad and brother thought that this doppelgänger at Subic Bay in the Philippines was actually their own daughter and sister. Looking at the pair, though, it’s really no surprise.
There’s no way these guys weren’t separated at birth from the same hospital. Indeed, aside from looking exactly alike – and winding up in exactly the same place – they also share the same birthday. That’s either the craziest coincidence we’ve ever heard, or they’re one D.N.A. test away from discovering that they’re actually long lost twins. Now to figure out which is the evil one…
Translated directly from its original German into English, the word “doppelgänger” literally means “double walker.” It didn’t come into common use until the mid-19th century, however, decades after lexicographer Francis Grose had given up trying to make the word “fetch” happen (Literally; he included the word “fetch” – used to describe a double of a person – in his 1787 Provincial Glossary). Obviously, it wasn’t going to happen. Otherwise, you might be saying the guy above had met his fetch, which is just weird.
Now, despite their height difference, these two guys resemble each other pretty closely. Closely enough, in fact, that one of their girlfriends managed to get them confused. Indeed, Josh Smith wrote on Instagram, “His girlfriend of one year started walking towards me thinking I was him…” We’re sure she didn’t get many brownie points for that blunder.
The guy on the left here looks just about ready to hit someone. Either this situation has happened to him far too often, or he’s the evil twin. Whichever it is, though, we wouldn’t want to stick around long enough to find out. So, perhaps meeting your doppelgänger isn’t always the greatest thing.
You tend to meet all kinds of people on the stand-up comedy circuit. Fans, hecklers, people too drunk to care either way. Meeting your doppelgänger, however, is a little more rare. Still, that’s exactly what happened to Rob here, in London. These two look so incredibly alike – right down to their teeth, in fact – that you may have trouble believing there’s no mirror between them.
We’ve all been mistaken for someone else at one time or another. But for most of us, it’s probably not happened as frequently as it did for Josh, above. Indeed, the freshman was constantly being called Brian by strangers when he first started college, and he had no idea why. That is, until he met the real Brian.
These guys might not look exactly alike, but it’s pretty damn close. And the fact that they managed to bump into each other while wearing exactly the same clothes – and sporting the same beard, to boot – is still pretty eerie. Moreover, the pair even share first names. We’re through the looking glass here, people.
We’re not saying those in the Armed Forces have a type. We’re just saying that these two guys just happened to get stationed in the same place, at pretty much the same time. Coincidence? What’s worse, they’ll presumably spend most of their time in matching military gear. Really, you have to feel sorry for their fellow troops who’ll be trying to tell them apart.
The most peculiar thing about these guys meeting is that one of them already has a twin brother, who isn’t in the shot. Perhaps he should be introduced to his newfound doppelgänger. After all, they could end up finding out that they’re actually triplets. We guess it’s time for a conversation with their parents…
Of course, there’s no telling exactly where you’ll meet your doppelgänger. Indeed, while many people apparently manage to bump into theirs in their hometowns, this woman crossed paths with her double in Rome while on holiday. So, if you’ve not managed to find anyone resembling you just yet, don’t lose faith.