What is the scariest thing you have ever read about the universe?

  1. Gamma ray bursts.

  2. Google the Fermi Paradox. Equal parts scary and sad.

    Edit: Here’s a link: http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html

  3. Time Dilation

    >An accurate clock at rest with respect to one observer may be measured to tick at a different rate when compared to a second observer’s own equally accurate clocks. This effect arises neither from technical aspects of the clocks nor from the fact that signals need time to propagate, but from the nature of spacetime itself.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation

    This isn’t some crazy hypothesis. It’s a testable, and proven fact.

    The fact that time itself is not constant for everyone and everything. That it is relative to me personally and my speed in the universe. This bothers and upsets me for some reason.

  4. Just the mind boggling size freaks me out sometimes.

  5. If black holes don’t scare you then nothing about the universe is going to

  6. The sun, the earth, stars, planets, solar systems, galaxies, clusters and superclusters make up about 4-5% of the observable universe. The other 95% is both dark matter and dark energy, forces and substances that, as far as we know, are incomprehensible by our current laws of science.

  7. That i’ll be dead by the time all the really cool things happen and can be observed.

  8. Because of the expansion of the universe, there will be a time when all of the other stars and galaxies are so far away that the night sky will be empty.

  9. Gamma ray bursts, “a narrow beam of intense radiation released during a supernova or hypernova as a rapidly rotating, high-mass star collapses to form a neutron star, quark star, or black hole.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-ray_burst

    How intense is it? Well, “a typical burst releases as much energy in a few seconds as the Sun will in its entire 10-billion-year lifetime.”

    Pretty hardcore, right? But we detect them up pretty regularly, so why is it scary? Well, the GRB’s we detect are usually billions of lightyears away, not in our own galaxy. If there is a gamma ray burst in our own galaxy and the burst is pointed at earth, we are toast. The people on the side of the earth facing the GRB can expect radiation sickness and pretty quick death. The people on the opposite side of the earth can expect a major dose of radiation, but they will probably live long enough to realize the ozone layer has been stripped away and that everything on earth is going to die pretty soon.

    And there’s no advance warning.

  10. It might be just a simulation.

  11. http://www.futuretimeline.net/index.htm#timeline

    This creeped me out completely, especially the beyond section.

    Edit: a more detailed description of how I reacted was: nearly shat my pants and said I love you to my family and issued a group hug, then proceeded to have a panic attack. Also just the fact that in 10^100 , even though this won’t effect me, the dark age of the universe will come, sends chills down my spine.

  12. If you had a soda straw eight feet long, and you held it up and looked through it at night in a random direction, and your eyesight was strong enough, you would be able to see about 10,000 galaxies. Not stars, galaxies.

  13. The scariest thing is, we have still have all of our eggs in one basket. Only Earth has plants and animals, and an environment to sustain us, and of course, US.

    There are so many upcoming events to look forward to…

    There are plenty of loose rocks and lumps of ice in the solar system that could find their way into a collision course with Earth. Our only home. No convenient way to stop them, at the moment. Not even a reliable way to detect and predict which ones will be a problem, later, in time to do something deliberate about it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun#Main_sequence

    The sun’s luminosity is gradually, but steadily increasing. In less than one billion years, the Earth will be roasted, airless rock, like Mercury, long before the sun swells up and swallows it, in about 4~5 billion years. The natural climate will continue to get hotter, and degrade for this entire time.

    If we haven’t escaped the solar system before the Earth becomes a sterile rock, we will die with it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andromeda%E2%80%93MilkyWaycollision

    In about four billion years, the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies will collide. Millions of years of shit being pulled out their orbits, and flung all over the place, including eventually ‘falling’ into the singularities of both galaxies. For anyone in either galaxy, this will suck, and it will suck for a very long time. If we’re still around, and haven’t escaped the Milky Way, we will be caught up in that mess.

    Then there’s the Ultimate Fate of the Universe

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimatefateoftheuniverse

    There are several possibilities for everything to end. Some based on parameters that are unknowable. In fact, due to the speed of light limitation, something like the ‘big rip’ might have already happened, and we would have no way of knowing it, until it overtook us.

    Unless we can figure out a way to sustain some form of space-time and causality its self, we will ultimately perish.

    Let’s face it, the whole universe is out to kill us. Without a HUGE dose of enlightened self-interest, we will become extinct.

  14. Black Holes. They literally gave me nightmares. I remember when I got my first science text book back in fourth grade and I when I was skimming through I came across our solar system. I became so obsessed with space from that point on that even today it’s my dream to go aboard the international space station and just float around. Anyway, so I’m finished reading about our solar system and I move on to the next page where it begin to talk about black holes, in great detail. For about two weeks after reading about them I would have nightmares about a black hole showing up undiscovered by NASA and proceeding to swallow the Earth.

    TL;DR: Black Holes scare the hell outta me.

  15. That the sun will burn out. That’ll be a tough day on planet earth

What are the most disturbing thoughts you have on a regular basis?

  1. If I step in front of a car and break my everything, I won’t be expected to complete all my homework and get a job…Of course, this thought is highly irrational and I’d never follow through with it, but the thought crosses my mind every time I walk that crosswalk.

  2. I sometimes plan my own funeral in my head, and think who would be there and what they would say and whether anyone would be sad over my death.

    Also, I picture every moderately attractive person I meet banging me in really dirty ways, but I feel like everyone does that.

  3. All the stuff I would do if I had the ability to turn back time.

  4. I may sound clinically depressed, but at least once a day it hits me that everything I’ve ever done, am doing, or will do is pretty much pointless and futile, and that even though I hope for the things that I want and it keeps me going, the reality is it’ll probably never be as good as what I dream will happen and maybe I should just give up trying because there’s really no point and it’s not going to get any better by tomorrow. Again, not suicidal, but I feel completely pointless and like I’ll never be truly happy or be with my soulmate because if it hasn’t happened or gotten better by now, chances are it’ll be the same meaningless crap tomorrow too.

  5. I fantasize about getting in gunfights/knife fights a lot. And winning, of course. I don’t know why.

  6. Sometimes when I talk to people, like say a kitchen, my brain likes to think “You can totally stab your friend with that knife lying in the kitchen sink”

  7. “I wonder what would happen if I punched that dude in the face?”

  8. Plotting murders. Sometimes, when especially stressed, faking my own death and starting over with a new life and identity. Realistically, neither are practical and would only create more problems so I get over it and muddle through.

  9. Is it too late? Have you pissed your life away and now it’s just waiting on the end?

  10. Jump out of the car. Jump off this cliff. Just do it. See what happens.

    I have no desire to die/kill myself. There’s just this part of my brain that apparently wants to self destruct.

  11. Sometimes when I’m sitting in a car using my iPhone with the window down I have disturbing thoughts of throwing it out the window. I clutch it really tightly because sometimes I’m afraid that I’ll throw it out for no reason. I don’t know why….

  12. I feel this is dangerous to post on reddit but here goes.

    I have a gorgeous cat, and when she comes to cuddle and sit in my lap, I stroke her head and think “if I press it hard enough I could actually crush it.” I don’t get how an animal this small can have so much trust in a weird ass creature twenty times its size that can literally twist its neck into permanent sleep.

    Bullshit cats are aloof.

  13. Oh man the intrusive thoughts are terrible..

    “Hey you should drive your car off that cliff”

    “Remember that person you find really unattractive? You’re now picturing having sex with them”

    “it would be a really good idea to smell the garbage to make sure it smells like garbage”

  14. This kind of works for the other askreddit question about the worst way to die, but that thread is old now and no one would see this comment. So I work in a logistics company, and about 35 years ago (long before I worked here) our company imported a container from China. Once the container arrived to our lot the entire block filled up with the worst smell imaginable. We called customs and the police to investigate what was inside the container. It was full with about 60 bodies. About 5 still alive. These were people trying to escape China for a better life, who saved up all their life savings to human traffickers. They then spent about 25 days living in shit and urine of 60 people with absolutely no light, while people died. I don’t know what happened to the few who survived afterwards, but every once in a while when I see a container I wonder what could be inside.

  15. Sometimes I fantasize about dying in really morbid ways or just suffering in general. Im not a masochist, but I always think about how people would react to me dying/suffering.

What’s the most unethical experiment that you would like to know the outcome of?

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua_(chimpanzee)

    The chimp was raised along side a child to see if it would learn to speak. Instead the child started to make noises like the chimp, so the experiment was stopped. What if they had continued, and not only could the child speak to US, but also to the chimp?

  2. Will an infant subjected to only auto-tuned voices develop an auto-tuned accent?

  3. How far could we go in replacing body parts with machine and computer parts with the subject still being alive and functional.

  4. From a child’s birth, paint everything green. Caretakers, the child’s skin, the room he lives in, the food he eats. When he turns 15, roll a red ball into his room.

  5. Put a random guy and a girl in a room… Supply them with everything they need except contact with the outside world. Calculate average the length of time it takes them to have sex by conducting experiment multiple times with new “participants”.

  6. Any of the many Fallout vault experiments. Some were pretty cool.

    Scroll down to the list of known vaults section
    http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Vault

  7. I’d like to see if I could splice the DNA of a pig and an elephant so we could all have pig-sized elephants as house pets.

  8. Some Truman Show type stuff. That’d be interesting to watch.

  9. Take two newborn babies and keep them isolated from the entire world. Obviously change them, feed them, etc all but social interaction. I want to know how they’d act towards eachother and what kind of communication, if any, they’ll come up with as they grow up.

  10. Take one of the smartest people in the world and have him or her have a baby with one of the most naturally athletic individuals in the world. Drop that baby off at an orphanage the first year its born. Never let him or her know they were apart of any kind of experiment and make sure they never find any information on their real parents. I’d like to see what that person would make of themselves.

    Edit: Okay maybe have the smart/athletic couple have a number of children to increase the chance one of them obtains both traits and drop each kid off at a different orphanage.

  11. If i’m put in a box with no sunlight or way of telling time. And nothing to do, would my definition of time be longer? Would i be able to tell a week from a few hours or vice-versa?

  12. Have a child conceived, carried, and born in a environment with several times more gravity than what is on earth. Have it live in that environment until adulthood. Then release this person into the world and see if he/she becomes a superhero with their extra strength compared to the world. ( Example if in his world a one pound ball weighed 15 pounds he would adapt over the years to be consider it to be a light weight item. ) Hulk on!

  13. Have a group of friends split and put in two different towns: Town #1 and Town #2. In these towns there is food, water, and everything that they need but they can’t escape.

    In Town #1 have bad things happen. Give them natural disasters, food shortages, disease, etc. Tell them that the bad things that are happening are a result of Town #2 and they are getting good things because of the bad things they are doing to you.

    In Town #2 give them good things and say it is a result of Town #1.

    After a long time, put them in the same room. Town #2 will love Town #1 but Town #1 will hate Town #2. See what happens.

  14. I’d kinda like to know the outcome of probably the most unethical experiments of all time, conducted by the Japanese covert military R&D group “Unit 731”, during WW2 – on live prisoners. As morbidly disgusting as it is… (here are some excerpts of the Wiki article)

    >Prisoners of war were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia. Vivisections were performed on prisoners after infecting them with various diseases. Researchers performed invasive surgery on prisoners, removing organs to study the effects of disease on the human body. These were conducted while the patients were alive because it was feared that the decomposition process would affect the results. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants.

    >Prisoners had limbs amputated in order to study blood loss. Those limbs that were removed were sometimes re-attached to the opposite sides of the body. Some prisoners’ limbs were frozen and amputated, while others had limbs frozen, then thawed to study the effects of the resultant untreated gangrene and rotting.

    >Prisoners were injected with inoculations of disease, disguised as vaccinations, to study their effects. To study the effects of untreated venereal diseases, male and female prisoners were deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhea, then studied. Prisoners also were repeatedly subject to rape by guards.

    >In other tests, subjects were deprived of food and water to determine the length of time until death; placed into high-pressure chambers until death; experimented upon to determine the relationship between temperature, burns, and human survival; placed into centrifuges and spun until death; injected with animal blood; exposed to lethal doses of x-rays; subjected to various chemical weapons inside gas chambers; injected with sea water to determine if it could be a substitute for saline solution; and burned or buried alive.

    they must have found very interesting things about human durability and resistance, among others, because the physicians involved were systematically granted immunity by the USA in exchange for the data.

    >After discovering the research papers, MacArthur secretly granted immunity to the physicians of Unit 731, including their leader, in exchange for providing America, but not the other wartime allies, with their research on biological warfare and data from human experimentation.

    I’ve heard people say a lot of the findings made by Unit 731 were very valuable in treating diseases and understanding physical conditions like hypothermia better. But really, I’d like to know what they found, and how it contributed, despite the experiments’ utterly disgusting unethical nature.

  15. I’d like to see if a human and a bonobo could produce a living offspring. That would be step one. After that, there are loads of stuff that would be cool to see develop.

What’s something you know about a family member that you wish you didn’t? [NSFW]

  1. My dad forgot to close some browser windows once when I was in high school. He likes big, black butts.

  2. My dad has a giant penis. Tired of living in your shadow dad!

  3. My grandpa raped my mom for years. Everyone on that side of the family has had a drug problem at some point. My grandma tried to shoot my grandpa with a shotgun once.

    I tend to stay away from that side unless necessary.

  4. My father forced me to watch him and my step mom have sex when I was 6….

  5. Mom has a boyfriend in another state. Dad knows, my brother knows. Mom doesn’t know we know.

  6. I made the mistake of offering to fix my brothers (both of them use the same laptop) laptop. One brother watches a lot of old women get fucked on washing machines, has a crazy intense foot fetish, and enjoys enormous breasts. Like, beyond porn star enormous.

  7. My parents conceived me at a weird al concert.

    Edit: some of you may be wondering why I would not want to know this. Imagine knowing the exact date your parents made you, imagine that you find out your favorite musical artist’s lyrics may have been used as foreplay to get your parents to fuck. Now try to enjoy his older music that your parents may have made you to.

  8. My grandparents loved each other very much, despite all their talk of burying each other under concrete or feeding the other ground glass, they stayed together for about 40 years until Gran died.

    I could have done without knowing that Gran boinked the gross bus driver who had driven me to school over the years. I also could have lived my life quite happily without knowing Grandpa shagged his way round the barmaids of Britain over the years.

  9. My ~13 year old niece apparently has/had an addiction to giving oral sex to her families bulldog.

  10. My 46 year old dad had sex with my 22 year old cousin. Everyone knows, family is completely destroyed.

  11. My Grandfather once turned to me and said “I’ve noticed a lot of homosexuals have mustaches. Do you think that improves the sensation? You know they call it ‘sucking off’.”

    Yes grampa, I don’t know grampa, no they don’t grampa.

  12. It’s commonly believed but never been confirmed that my aunt (Brenda), a nurse, killed her father-in-law.
    The man was the worst kind of alcoholic. His addiction absolutely ruined his life and profoundly affected the lives of everyone around him. In his last years, he was an angry, combative, hateful old man. He was in very poor health and required regular medical attention. He alienated anyone he met and couldn’t keep a nurse on hand. His son’s wife Brenda finally agreed to do the work after it became clear that he wouldn’t be going to a retirement home and no one would go to the house to help care for him.
    Two days after she started, he died. Brenda called her husband and mother-in-law (who was no longer married to the man) and asked them to come over but didn’t say why. When they got there, he was dead. Brenda refused to answer any questions but was developing a black eye. She left and asked that as far as the authorities were concerned she was never there. Everyone supported this. No one talks about it. This took place twenty years ago.

  13. Always knew my mom was adopted and didn’t (edit – still doesn’t and doesnt plan to) know her biological parents. Recently found out she is the product of rape.

    My grandma was raped and my grandpa is a rapist.

    πŸ™

  14. My grandad has a massive porn collection. He’s 82

  15. My family is crazy. My mom married her second cousin (not my father), my father was molested by his stepfather, and my uncle tried to rob a pizza place.

What crazy conspiracy theory turned out to be true?

  1. The CIA was involved in smuggling cocaine into the U.S.

  2. All the world’s best cyclists were on steroids and there was a huge cover up.

  3. Thomas Jefferson not only slept with one (or more) of his slaves, but had several children by her. Assumed by many real historians to be a reckless lie originated by his political opponents until DNA evidence proved it to be true.

  4. That the Brits and the Americans were behind the coup to remove the elected leader of Iran.

  5. That Hemingway was convinced that someone in the fbi was spying on him. It turns out they were.

  6. /pol/ was right about 4chan being set up to take criticism for threatening Emma Watson leaks.

    A source

  7. Im sure at the time everyone who claimed the white sox threw the 1919 world series were called crazy.

  8. Iran/Contra Affair. Would’ve sounded NUTS before Oliver North

  9. My personal favourite is that hundreds of copies of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” for Atari were dumped in a landfill in the desert somewhere in the Mojave.

    Don’t have the story link handy, but they actually found the dump site recently.

  10. John Lennon sounded paranoid and full of himself when he claimed his phones were tapped and he was being tracked by US government agents.

    He was more right than he even knew. Nixon was afraid of his potential influence.

  11. Okapis. They were called the “African Unicorn” before people realized they were actually real.

  12. MKULTRA.

  13. NSA amirite?

  14. There are sometimes couches in the women’s restroom.

What’s the sluttiest thing you’ve seen or done?

  1. Girl at a party did a shot off a random guy’s dick, like he poured the booze down himself and she caught it in her mouth as it dripped off his wang… then in return he did a similar act to her but out of her buttcrack. classiest party i’ve ever been to.

  2. A few years ago I was really into the whole hooking up with random people from craigslist thing and one day I ended up sleeping with two guys on the same day. A few days later guy #1 calls and says he has gonorrhea. Few days after that sure enough guy #2 tells me he has too. Freaking out (18 years old and living with the rents at the time) I go to a clinic and got tested. I told the nurse my situation so she gave me a big ol’ shot in my butt to treat it before we got the test results back. Ended up not having it. BUT I’ve always wondered if it’s possible I somehow transported it from guys 1 to 2 without contracting it myself. like an std fairy

  3. I didn’t have a job and some guy offered to give me head for 50 bucks. Did it 4 times. I’m straight.

    EDIT: He gave me head and gave me 50 bucks. Each time.

  4. Never witnessed it, but I went to a half-boarding, half-day school, high school with the middle school building right next to it.

    One day I over heard some of the teachers and staff gossiping about how there was a blowjob epidemic going around the middle school. Apparently it was started by one girl who then convinced some of her friends to join in. Ergo, about 3 to 4 middle school girls blowing the entire population of boys.

  5. On Spring Break back in college. Cancun, Mexico. Every morning this girl staying in the room across from us got fucked from behind on her balcony by a different dude. She was sort of a celebrity that week.

  6. I had sex with someone I’d never met in an ATM kiosk.

  7. I knew a girl who was the classic rebellious pastor’s kid.

    She was a virgin when we met, two weeks after school started. By the end of the year, she was bragging to anyone who’d listen about how she had sex with almost 40 men. That’s more than one a week.

  8. One time I masturbated to two different porn videos playing on separate windows at the same time.

  9. I once witnessed a girl blow a random drugdealer she met for a small bag of coke. Her boyfriend was present. Me and a few of the other guys who were with the dealer had to calm him down, while she told him “It’s alright.” and “I have to do this.”

    I don’t know if I’m just a prude.
    Is coke that important that you’d stop your night-out to blow a random guy for drugs in front of your boyfriend?

  10. Some girl in my Model UN conference. We both went to the bathroom at the same time. Somehow we squeezed into the really small stalls and I banged her like hell. And then I voted no to her resolution.

  11. I was at a large off campus Halloween party at UConn a few years ago. I stepped outside to get some air and there was a girl giving a guy a blow job right in front of me. It was an unseasonably warm night so there were a lot of people outside. It was the strangest thing. I guess they were so drunk they didn’t care but with the way the land sloped up outside the door, you left the house and his dick was basically at eye level.

  12. There was this chick at a party that gave one dude a BJ in the car, then came back inside and let two guys run a train on her. Then she started riding some dude in the hot tub that I had just hooked up with. This was in front of 4 other dudes. I am pretty sure every dude standing around dropped their pants and joined the party. I noped the fuck out of there.

  13. At a club in a touristy spot one night. The kinda place people travel to for a long weekend and go out and get drunk.

    This one girl comes up and says, without any provocation, “I want you to take me back to my hotel room and fuck me.” I just say “ok, let’s go.” So she grabs my hand and grabs her friend, who I didn’t know about, and we head out and walk back to the hotel, which was near the club and right next to the woods.

    Now, I’m thinking this is the moment I’ve been waiting for my entire life: the night I fall ass backwards into a threeway. Instead, we get to the hotel door and the friend says “he’s not coming inside.” Well, this sucks. I’m standing there and they’re fighting about whether I’ll be naked in their hotel room in a few minutes. My girl turns to me and says “wait here.” They go inside and fight for about 15 minutes. I sit on a picnic table, bored, but willing to do what it takes to get laid. Finally, my girl comes out, hands me a condom and tells me we can’t bang inside, we’ll have to go somewhere else.

    Since I’m drunk, I have few thinking skills at that moment. I grab her hand and lead her 30 feet from the hotel to where the woods start. Didn’t wanna go too far in because that’s scary. So we’re pretty much making out in full sight of whoever walks by and the entire west facing wall of hotel rooms.

    So we take it to the ground. She says “I want to blow you.” I don’t ever say no to that request. So she goes down and literally starts chewing on my dick. I tell her to ease up on the teeth. She says guys love it. I say I’m a guy, and this hurts. I pull her up. She says she really wants me to go down on her. In always happy to oblige. So as I’m working my way down there, she says “I don’t know what disease I have, though. But you need to go down on me.” I say “what???!” She says she was with a guy who got around and didn’t wear a condom and she hasn’t been tested since, but she still wants me to go down.

    At this moment, I notice a group of people walking by. I don’t care.

    So anyway, at this point, no way am I licking her baby maker. But I’m down there, and she’s enthusiastic. I start spitting on it, hoping that will fool her or something. It doesn’t. I take a deep breathe, ponder my options, get up. Pull my pants up. Say sorry and get the hell out of there.

    However, it was my first time there and I had no clue where my friend’s house was where I was staying. I’m wandering around, see two girls smoking outside, tell them I’m lost, turn on a little charm. One of them lives there and says she’ll help me find my friend’s (this was before smartphones). We find it in a few minutes, since it was nearby. We go into the house and have sex on the couch using the condom the first girl gave me. I lasted about 15 seconds. I went to sleep. She went home. Never saw either again.

  14. I fucked a guy’s wife while he watched.

  15. I slept with the unattractive friend so my buddy could get the girl he was chasing. I didn’t even know her name.

    edit: lot of people giving me props for falling on a “fat grenade.” What if I was the grenade she was falling on for her friend?

To anyone who has dated / been married to a twin that has passed away, how does it feel seeing the other twin still alive?

  1. Not exactly the same, but my Grandfather died of a heart attack in 2003, he had a twin that lived about 2000 miles away in Texas, Uncle Ted. Awesome guy who’s personality, voice, style was so much like my grandpa’s. He came to the funeral and not many people here were aware and the confusion was prevalent, actually made the service a little funny.

    I remember when he first arrived, my mom greeted him and broke down into tears. “You look so much like Dad.” she said.

    Every single time I saw him since, my heart would skip a beat and I would think “Grandpa!”, but every time I’m wrong.

  2. I am a twin with a twin that passed away. I don’t feel complete anymore. Since she died, I’ve always felt like half of me is missing. It was much harder when I was younger and didn’t understand the feelings, but now that I’m older, it’s a bit easier to deal with. It’s kind of hard to explain, but when I talk with other twins in the samr situation…they report the same feelings.

  3. I know this isn’t me, but this can’t be a very common occurrence so I thought I’d share. My dad’s twin brother died five years ago. Before this, we were very close and got together with my uncle, aunt, and cousins every few weeks or so (they live two hours away). While my uncle was dying, we would drive up every day to see him and help them out. After the funeral, we would make plans to get together with my aunt and cousins but she kept finding reasons to back out. We haven’t seen her or my cousins in a year and a half.

  4. I recently had a friend die who had a twin. Her twin was at her funeral (obviously) and I had a hard time looking at her. It’s like everything that she did, every movement, facial expression, and vocalization was just like my dead friend’s. It was sort of like watching what it would have been like for my dead friend to have continued living. What if the dead twin was the living twin? Is the living twin now “less” because her twin is dead? It was extremely disconcerting.

    I can’t imagine how difficult it is now for the living twin.

    *edit: thank you all for your insights, I will certainly continue to support the living twin as much as I can, knowing that I could never fully understand how she is feeling. I truly appreciate all of the different perspectives here.

  5. I’m a twin and now this is making me very sad.

  6. I’m married to a twin. My wife is still very much alive, but if she passes before me, I doubt her brother will look any more appealing to me than now.

  7. My Dad had a twin that died and ever since then my aunt has been a little to flirty with my Dad…

  8. I am married to a twin and she had to go across the country for work training for a week. Every time her sister came around to hang out it drove me nuts. All I wanted to do was get my wife back. I have never though about what it would be like if my wife died. Please excuse me while I go and shower my wife with love and affection.

  9. I was married to a twin that passed away. It’s tough to see his twin alive and healthy and my husband not. My husband died of cancer and his twin is healthy. I don’t wish losing your SO on anyone. It’s even harder when you have someone that looks exactly like him and has the same mannerisms the same voice the same personality and he’s not yours.

    Edit: Thanks for the kind words everyone and the gold. Awesome.
    Edit: Thank you to everyone for the kind words and support it means so much and to anyone that is going through any of this I’m willing to listen. I had people there for me I can be there for you. Thank you internet friends πŸ™‚

  10. I don’t have direct experience, but my friend’s aunt is a twin. One of the twins passed away months after having a newborn. The husband was a wreak. The other twin got pregnant a couple months after her twin passing, and is pregnant with twin girls. The husband took it as a sign that his wife was still with the family.

  11. I am married to an identical twin and have thought about this before. Not sure how I would actually feel or what I would do. They look the same and act the same for the most part, but wouldn’t be the same. I would long for her but would move on.

  12. This doesn’t answer the question exactly, but I’ll never get another chance to share this otherwise.

    My Great-Great Grandfather lived in rural Minnesota in the late 19th century. He married a twin who passed away. Being a simpler time he simply married the other twin and carried on. Must have been kinda awkward for everyone involved.

  13. So when I was younger, I was dating a girl who was a twin. Her twin passed away in a car accident when they were 22. Alcohol was a factor if it makes a difference.

    Anyway, she said the worst thing, is people who just casually knew her sister from being out at bars will come up and try to talk to her as if she’s her sister. It upset her quite a bit.

  14. Holy shit. I have a twin and I can’t imagine one of us dying before one another. /u/rockoboom if you’re reading this, stay fresh.

  15. My girlfriend has a twin and she also has cervical cancer. I had always thought about the chance of her dying (fortunately her treatment has been going really well). What I have never thought about was seeing her twin sister. That would be terrible. She’s a sweet girl just like my girlfriend but I really don’t think I could let myself even see her if something happened to my SO. Really great question, can’t believe this is about the only thing I’ve somewhat been able to answer on this subreddit.