The Things You've Always Wanted to Ask Conjoined Twin Sisters Abby and Brittany | 22 Words

Even if you have an open mind, the idea of conjoined twins living their lives attached to one another can still be a fascinating, foreign notion.

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Born conjoined, Abby and Brittany Hensel have spent most of their time in the public eye in one form or another. The presence in pop culture has educated a lot of people on what it REALLY means to have a conjoined sibling. As you can see, the two are far more similar to the rest of us than they are different. That said, there are some truly interesting aspects of their daily lives that you'll want to know. Take a look!

Each twin operates one half of their body — an arm and a leg.

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Growing up was hard because they both had to coordinate with each other to walk, clap, or talk.

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They even walk differently. Brittany walks on her tip-toes, while Abby walks flat-footed.

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The parents rejected the notion of a separation surgery because the doctors thought it was likely that one of them wouldn't survive.

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When they were sixteen, they allowed TLC to shoot a documentary on them, and that turned into a show about their lives.

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Though conjoined, there's not much athletically that they can't do. They run, swim, and even ride bikes.

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They had to take two separate drivers tests to get their licenses. When they drive, Abby controls everything on the right of the driver's seat and Brittany everything on the left.

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Their different personalities are reflected in their clothes. They get a tailor to alter their half of their wardrobes with different necklines and cuts to reflect their personalities.

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Abby's more into math, while Brittany prefers to write.

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They both majored in education at Bethel University and graduated in 2012.

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They hope one day to get married and have kids.

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They admit that it's frustrating and upsetting when people stare or strangers take pictures of them without their permission.

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At the age of just six, the two of them appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Their favorite hobbies these days are musical instruments, bowling, and volleyball.

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They buy two tickets to see movies, in case you were wondering!

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They don't get sick at the same time, so when one is ill, the other can be feeling just fine!

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They're two people, so they get two birthday cakes.

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There's a lot of compromise in their lives since they don't always want to eat or sleep at the same time.

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They work as elementary school teachers with an emphasis on math, and one can grade while the other answers questions and monitors the students.

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