Quadruplets with their birth-order shaved into their heads

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  1. Heartfruit says:

    I can’t tell this is cruel, brilliant or both.

  2. Jose says:

    Hah! This will only work until the kids wise up and shave their heads completely.

  3. yupgiboy says:

    Tattoos. They need tattoos.

  4. Reminds me of “The Five Chinese Brothers,” one of my favorite childhood stories.

  5. Brainspore says:

    Identical Quads are incredibly rare. Even fraternal quadruplets only occur in something like 1 in every 700,000 births.

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

      The article doesn’t really get into whether they are genetically identical.  I seem to recall that the Olsen twins weren’t actually identical – just similar looking and same age.  Dressing them all exactly the same helps to contribute to the impression of sameness.

      • Brainspore says:

        This article doesn’t say but another news story I saw said “identical.” If the parents are still having a hard time telling them apart then that’s almost certainly the case. Parents are usually pretty good at that sort of thing (and I speak as both an identical twin and a parent of twins myself).

  6. jandrese says:

    My question is:  Why are they shaved with arabic numerals?

  7. Wreckrob8 says:

    Four is unlucky in China because in Mandarin the words for four and death are homophones. Four should be renamed five.

  8. eselqueso says:

    At least #1 ends up with a halfway cool mowhawk…

  9. connie1946 says:

    There’s certainly nothing potentially humiliating or de-humanizing about numbering one’s children. But I think an easier way of identifying the KWAD KIDS would have been to have them wear color-coded HELLO KITTY costumes until they’re of legal drinking age

    • Donald Petersen says:

      I know a 2nd-grade teacher who assigned her students numbers at the beginning of each year, and insisted that each student write this number alongside the student’s name at the top of each homework and classwork paper.  More than once, when a child forgot and only wrote his or her name without the corresponding number, the teacher tore the offending schoolwork to shreds in front of the whole class.  Sounds like something out of The Wall, but this was in Los Angeles, just a couple of years ago.

      There are other aspects of this teacher’s M.O. which I detest, as well.

      • cjporkchop says:

        I hope that someday, when that teacher fills out complicated paperwork for taxes or insurance or something, she makes a tiny mistake and the agent tears the form up in front of her.

  10. erratic says:

    how do they know they put the right number on the right kid?

  11. What if #1 has do do #2?

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    In ancient Rome, daughters weren’t given praenomina (given names); they were known by the feminine version of the nomen (clan name [gens]) or cognomen (family name).  If there was more than one daughter, they were called by ordinals.  Mr. Roscius’s first daughter would be known as Roscia, but his third daughter would be called Tertia (Third).

  13. thecleaninglady says:

    “Teachers and classmates can’t get confused with the big marks on their head…” until the day the boys got their hands on the hair trimmer.

  14. Dlo Burns says:

    It’d be cooler if they had the symbols for the Four Heavenly Directions shaved in their heads.

  15. beemoh says:

    It’s a good thing that they stopped at four, really.

    “Six! Stop do– Wait, are you Six, or Nine?”
    “Eight! Stop lying on your side! You are NOT infinity!”

  16. Geoduck says:

    There were twin girls in my high school class who were identical until one of them got in a car accident and ended up with a small but highly noticeable scar right across one cheek. I guess God got tired of confusing them..

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I grew up with many sets of identical twins. I never seem to have any trouble telling twins apart. Maybe it’s just a learned skill.

      • Shibi_SF says:

        Maybe they smell differently (to you).  As in, identity pheromones or something?   (IE:  Perry smells like bacon, I like Perry! // Terry smells like flowers, he’s “the Other” twin). 

      • Brainspore says:

        Whereas I still can’t always tell my brother and myself apart in photos from our early childhood since that wasn’t a skill I ever had to learn.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          One difference is hair color and texture. They might be close, but they’re rarely identical. Plus, after a year or so of interacting with the world, fixed facial expressions usually start to diverge.

      • marilove says:

        I think some people are just more observant of smaller differences.  I’m an identical twin and some people couple tell us easily, while others never could.

         My dad still has problems telling us apart if it’s on the phone, or if we’re in the same room together and he’s not paying much attention, haha.

        Also, some people are better at recognizing faces than others. Are you?

        • Wreckrob8 says:

          My mother still can’t always tell me from my monozygotic twin brother on the phone.

          Certainly by the age of six anything which helped others see us as individuals was cool. Hopefully these kids will be the kids with the cool haircuts (and a cool mum, too), and not the freaky quads.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          I usually score > 95% on those face recognition tests.  I also notice body language.

          • Jerril says:

             I usually test out <65-70%, and IRL have trouble telling the occasional pair of random strangers apart. Never mind Hollywood actors, who seem to come in standardized formats.

            Needless to say, it took me quite a while to realize we had twins working at our second building. Eeep.

  17. Linley Lee says:

    I have a bad time with twins.  There were twin brothers who worked at my local chemist, both with the same job.  I didn’t realise until I saw them both working there one day.  I could only tell them apart when they were next to each other.

    I also taugh twins when I lived in Hong Kong, didn’t realise until quite a fair way through the year that they were twins,  I thought they were the same kid.

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