• Tue, Aug 28 2012

Fun Facts To Know About Abby And Brittany Hensel Before Their Show Airs

While I can’t remember when I first start obsessing over conjoined twins Abby and Britany Hensel, I do know I’ve googled them several times in the past few years looking for updates. I’m psychotic like that. I think it’s possible in another life I was a stalker because I clearly have a tendency to take interests to the extreme. Luckily for you, this particular interest will result in a primer for you on everything you need to know before you watch their new TLC series Abby & Brittany tonight.

Ok, not everything. I’m not wizard, but I did my best.

Before you’re all like, “b-b-but, I was planning to watch the most fascinating PBS documentary on how the success of Downton Abbey relates the Irish Potato Famine,” shut it. You know you want to watch Abby and Brittany Hensel go through their daily life as conjoined twins. Everyone does.

Seriously, tell me you can watch this tribute video without wanting to know more.  (And no, I didn’t make this. But I would marry the person who did. No questions asked.)

So here are the fun facts you should know before you start watching tonight.

1. When they turned 16, they let TLC into their home to film a documentary about their teenage years.  While we learned the humdrum fact that they aren’t morning people, we also found out that they can drive. They can actually do almost everything that normal teenage girls (and now women) can do. It’s pretty impressive.

2. They have two younger siblings who are not conjoined twins. Their names are Cody and Morgan. Based on my rudimentary math skills, Cody’s 20 and Morgan’s 18. But (twist) they’re 14 and 12 in these photos that I had to screenshot on Youtube. Yes, this is the best I could do.

3. There’s a rumor out there that Brittany Hensel is married. It’s just a rumor that got started on XM radio back in 2009. So don’t feel bad about not buying her a wedding gift. Or for wondering how a marriage would work if only one of the twins got married. I’ve spent a lot of valuable time contemplating this very idea.

4. This is how their bodies are attached — and this is why they can’t ever be separated. There are way too many vital organs in common. Since they share all their reproductive organs, I naturally have many very inappropriate questions I want to ask them. I shared some of them with a friend and she responded, “you can’t write that publicly.” So I’ll refrain, but do know I have them.

5. They attended Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota and graduated this spring. As I understand it they’re about to enter their turbulent twenties and we’re going to go along for the ride as they try to figure out their life.

6. This is a super cute baby photo of them that I love. Below that is an adult photo that I love. My, how times flies when you only see people every few years in a TV special.

Watch the first episode on TLC tonight at 10 PM. Then join me tomorrow as we discuss!

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  • Pumpkin226

    I live in MN and my cousin had the twins as a student teacher in elementary school. Pretty amazing women!

  • Maureen

    They have 2 stomachs but only 1 bladder – must have to run to the bathroom a lot :P

    • Claire

      That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rasslin-Good/100003988092781 Rasslin Good

      Double the payload, only one barrel to fire it form.

      Get a clue “mom”…

  • jayb9763

    So how would marriage even work for these two? I would love for them to be able to meet the man of their dreams and fall in love but…well…I too will refrain from the question of piligamy and how engaging in any type of “marrital affair” would be extremely…awkward for either them.
    I think it is quite extraordinary that they are so well rounded and definitely well grounded. It would be interesting to meet them and get to know them. I bet they also have a wonderful sense of humor and it appears they take life in stride. People could learn a lot from them. Best of luck to the both of them and I wish nothing but happiness..they deserve it!

    • What

      The man of their dreams?? i dont know, I wouldnt trust anyone, there are too many weird guys out there. It would be very hard, but maybe not impossible to meet the right person. The parents and friends would have to step in and investigate the man who is interested, I think.
      Its just a very complicated situation.

    • FuhQ

      You act as if they can’t rationalize or think for themselves. They are conjoined twins, not retarded. Maybe you would be paranoid but just because these 2 are conjoined twins, doesn’t mean that their family and friends need to control who they date and stuff. That’s a personal matter.

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    KILL IT! KIIIIIILLLLLLL ITTTTTTTTT!

    • debcakes123

      earlymornngcoffee seems to be very stupid and heartless its people like him/her that should be done away with we have enough stupidity in this world already

    • SweetPotato

      Should be “done away with”? How wonderfully Christian of you. He too is one of God’s creations who deserves your patience and kindness.

      Still shaking my head over “done away with”.

    • mngirl

      Wow how incredibly rude I can’t believe people like you even exist in the world. I grew up knowing these girls, they and their family are the nicest people on the planet. You should be put down!

    • SweetPotato

      Wow! “Put down” now. Nice bunch.

      The twins are beautiful girls inside and out. They have some strange fans though…ones willing to put another poster to death for an off-color remark. It feels like the middle ages. “Off to the gallows you go for those words, you traitor”

    • mngirl

      I don’t really know where you’re coming from. I think you can probably figure out that I don’t actually want to put this complete stranger to death, but comments like that are not just off-color, they are really upsetting. This person must be young or his/her parent’s didn’t teach them proper manners, and they need to know that those kinds of things are not okay to say, or even think, ever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rasslin-Good/100003988092781 Rasslin Good

      If it can run away, it should stay (alive)!

  • http://twitter.com/suzy1493 Carol D. Mitchell
  • tcmullet

    Polygeny is not wrong, just shouldn’t be too common or there would be a shortage of wives. And for certain, the twins deserve a husband. He’d be a very unusual guy to be married to both of them. Nothing wrong at all, just very challenging in a lot of ways.

    • yup

      why can no one here spell polygamy

  • yeame

    have you seen these twins?
    twinsliveshow.com

  • nancy

    i am very interested in them also and had hoped the series lasted longer. im much older than them, but would love to meet them. i think they are beautiful and having a relationship would be very complicated. howver, i hope they become parents one day, if even through a sperm bank. their mother and father (though he was not feature in the series) need to be commended for teaching them that they are no different than everyone else.

  • freak show

    One only excretory system to serve two mouths and two stomachs, they might spend quite a while sitting in toilets unless they eat like birds. Also sleeping must be terribly uncomfortable since turning into a comfy side fetal position means one head will be hanging over the one who rest in the pillow. If one is sick both stay in bed, if one is asleep the other can’t move out of bed because each can control one arm and leg only. This is just a terrible situation, I don’t see why the TV show evades the cruel reality by pretending they are well adjusted and happy human beings. This oddity is a curse for these kids mentally and physically. Why they keep laughing for the cameras? There is nothing to laugh about it, it is a gross misfortune for their health and social and individual life.

    • Rose

      mind you, they don’t know any better. They grew up learning how to deal with one body to share. I think that they portayed their situation well. Just because they are conjoined doesn’t mean their life has to be horrible.

    • freak show

      you are quite right, we can only see from our individualistic point of view, but playing happy families for the cameras smells rather fishy. What amazes me from this story is the fact that their mother hasn’t allowed physicians to advance medical research on the girls but she is happy to sell them to a TV freak show for money, reminds me of the West Bengal spider girls that perform also in shows to feed the whole family. I wonder if it has to do with their parents religion.

    • Anna

      they just wanted to show how happy and how they can figure it out to work everyday despite dificulties.I don’t think is because of religion or money, that family don’t look like have money issues.

  • freak show

    One only excretory system to serve two mouths and two stomachs, they might spend quite a while sitting in toilets unless they eat like birds. Also sleeping must be terribly uncomfortable since turning into a comfy side fetal position means one head will be hanging over the one who rest in the pillow. If one is sick both stay in bed, if one is asleep the other can’t move out of bed because each can control one arm and leg only. This is just a terrible situation, I don’t see why the TV show evades the cruel reality by pretending they are well adjusted and happy human beings. This oddity is a curse for these kids mentally and physically. Why they keep laughing for the cameras? There is nothing to laugh about it, it is a gross misfortune for their health and social and individual life.

  • harrypotter_9011

    no offence…
    but if they have one vagina they should have one husband..

    • frankthetruth

      Is that what a husband is for?

  • Зоки Ћирилица Карађорђевић

    it would be awesome if one was gay and the other one wasn’t and as you’re having sex with one the other feels violated.

  • Darren

    The guy they choose would be very lucky. He would have two best friends to share his life with. Sadly for him, there would be two telling him to get his sorry @$$ off the couch and go cut the grass.