The word "doppelgänger" is on loan from the Germans. It refers to someone who is a physical duplicate of another person. In myths, a doppelgänger may be perceived as bringing bad luck or even be directly evil in their own right.
In reality, until recently, it was believed that real-life doppelgängers were a rarity. It is now clear that they're much more common than we first thought.
These 15 images prove that not only do doppelgängers exist, but they're all around us, all the time. They make for a very interesting examination of what makes us, us. We hope that you'll find them fascinating, too.
1. Booth Batches
You step into a restaurant and just as you go to be seated, you spy this row of booths. What an incredible set of coincidences, right?
2. Train Twins
This is simply unbelievable. One set of lookalikes would be astonishing, but two of them on the same train? Have we stepped into The Matrix?
3. The Bus Of Baldness
Maybe it's a fashion statement somewhere that you shave the center of your head and leave the hair around it to grow? Or maybe the aliens are among us?
4. Inverted Doppelganger
The photographer says that these two gentlemen got on at different stations and have never met before in their lives. Uncanny resemblance, isn't it?
5. Shop Until You Snap!
Keep looking down the sidewalk. That's not just a little similarity, is it? That's a set of identical clothes and bags in the distance.
6. Wonder Women
Somewhere in this town, there's a guy who sells leather jackets, jeans and haircuts as a package deal to women of a certain hair color.
7. What Are The Odds?
This happened in London. A city in which nobody ever wears shorts because it's always cold. So what are the odds of this happening?
8. Would You Like Identical Fries With That?
It's almost like this lady has been photocopied and then sent to two food stands at once. This color combination is strikingly unusual, too.
9. The Bus To Sameville
This one's actually quite creepy. It feels like the scene from a horror movie or a science fiction invasion of the earth, doesn't it?
10. There Was A Sale
Leopard skin leggings are apparently a big hit in these ladies' neighborhoods. The fact that they also have the same t-shirt is just a coincidence, or is it?
11. Dozing Doubles
This is just too peculiar. Two guys asleep on the train and wearing exactly the same outfits? We'd think it was trick photography, but we know it's not.
12. Restaurant Replication
It's nice to see that couples who like Chinese food don't just eat the same way, they dress the same way. Note the gender equality here.
13. It Wasn't Me
This guy must have some real problems whenever he walks past a police station. That's not a slight resemblance - that guy could be his twin.
14. Super Shirt Selection
They all came out to be cool and hip in their local restaurant. It turned out that they were all unique together. Plaid shirts for the win.
15. Senior Selection
These two gentlemen must go to the same store, on the same day, at the same time. Either that or they've invented human cloning and told no-one.
16. Aren't They Pretty In Pink
We'll never know, as this photo was taken from behind, but they sure could be twin sisters. The only real differences are their shoes and bags.
17. The Unluckiest Double In The World
This might make for an entertaining photograph, but would you really want to be Edward Snowden's double? Can you imagine how much hassle taking a flight would be?
18. Reflecting Reflections Of Reality
Not only do they have the same haircuts, builds, and hoodies, but they're both engrossed in reading what looks like the same magazine. That's awesome.
19. Senior Snap!
These two old ladies look like they're such good friends that they decided to visit the same tailor together. He must have had a special on purple fabric.
20. To Infinity And Beyond
We have to wonder if this isn't a trick photograph, two guys who are nearly identical is unusual—but three at this kind of spacing? That's an amazing coincidence.
21. Getting A Giggle Out Of Your Double
These two guys seem to have realized in the same instant that they share a certain similarity and now they're having a brief chuckle about it. Which just makes them even more similar.
22. A Quick Glitch In The Program
So everyone else is playing the Assume-The-Same-Identity game on this bus... and then there's the girl in the brown hat. Did she not get invited?
23. Sinister Similarities Stalking The Streets
This looks like a scene from a monster movie or a thriller, doesn't it? Two guys in identical suits with identical bald patches marching down the street in synchrony.
24. Sometimes Even The Scenery Joins In
If it wasn't enough that these two women could be carbon copies of each other, in this instance the DVD rental store appears to have joined in the cloning.
25. When Shall We Three Meet Again?
Is it possible that if you actually touch your doppelgänger that you will cease to be? This shot feels like something out of a sci-fi movie.
It's hard to believe how common this kind of similarity is in real life. We hope you enjoyed these amazing doppelgängers, we know that we did.
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