"Do you know there are approximately seven people in the world who resemble me," screamed a friend, recently. A devastating thought, especially if one thinks about those most annoying to look at. Some studies, however, do say that we all have look-alikes somewhere, not including twins.
Type the word 'look-alikes' at any search engine and you get hit by a zillion results, mostly celebrity-related. Stacey As Britney Spears is one of the more popular ones. Voted America's Number One look-alike of the teen pop star, her site has a profile, fan zone and photos. And impersonating Britney is Stacey Allemeier's full-time profession.
Teen Music-LookAlikes has more photographs of other teen artiste impersonators. There are also Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers. Check the photo galleries for proof.
It doesn't stop there. There are an umpteen number of agencies that let you book your favourite celebrity impersonators to add a dash of glamour to your parties. Try Top Lookalikes or Carbon Copies. The trend is catching on here too. Star Look-Alikes features impersonators of Dev Anand, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and others.
Speaking about look-alikes reminds one about twins, like my childhood friends Sheetal and Meenal. As kids, they fascinated us tremendously with their close physical resemblance. Siamese twins are even more intriguing.
If that wasn't enough, we started cloning animals, beginning with the sheep, Dolly.
From the Stone Age to the Clone Age? What next, humans? You bet. Human Cloning covers the latest happenings in this field. You can also try Savings And Clone, which lets you deposit your pet's genes at a gene-bank, and replicate them later.
Our fixation with look-alikes has been long standing. Mythological texts like the Ramayana and Mahabharata have important characters that either look similar or are twins (Luv, Khush and Nakul, Sahadev). The Bible has Cain and Abel. Books like The Third Twin and Boys from Brazil orbit around the same axis, as does Hollywood. Try the Human Cloning movies page for a database of films that revolve around the idea.
Even our Hindi movies have patented the 'long-lost identical twins' formula, where siblings share everything from trishul-shaped birthmarks to polka-dotted briefs - like Seeta Aur Geeta, Ram Aur Shyam and the more recent Judwaa.
Getting back to where this story began, I, for one, am curious about my look-alikes. Aren't you?
For more resources on human cloning, try this link from RediffSearch.
For more resources on twins, try this link from RediffSearch.
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