That’s a lot of twins…

August 6, 2009

Doctors baffled by Indian village of over 200 sets of twins

In fact with about 35-45 twins per live birth, this village in North Kerala, India, has four times more twins than normal. Not surprisingly, the village has been dubbed “the twin village.”

There seems to be a statistical error in this article. It says that in this one village there are “35-45 twins per live birth” but that seems way out of line (how can you even have more than two twins per live birth). Perhaps it’s per 1,000 live births or something else?


That makes it sound like for every live birth, 70-90 babies are popping out of a single women.


This is a real corker garnered from this morning’s Yahoo News.  Makes me glad I’m post-menopausal. Phew!


Yes, we did mean per 1,000 live births. Many readers reacted to this one. We corrected it: GBU Editor.

Seven-year-old Fathima Lubna (L) and her twin sister Fathima Lubaba (R) carry their five-month-old sisters, who are also twins, at their residence in Kodinji village in the southern Indian city of Kerala July 28, 2009. REUTERS/Arko Datta

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Indian city of Kerala?? Error again. Kerala is a state in the southern part of India. It is not a city.

Posted by Deepthi | Report as abusive

Kerala is a State, not city!

Posted by Ramesh | Report as abusive

Very interesting! Could it be that it is because they might be taking fresh royal jelly to support increased fertility? Did scientists eventually find out the cause?

Posted by Yaron | Report as abusive