My two best friends are identical twins. One had his first child this afternoon. A beautiful, healthy baby boy.
Everyone was elated; especially his brother, who quickly posted a Facebook status update declaring himself a proud new uncle.
After the frenzy had died down, a thought popped into my mind. A scandalous thought perhaps.
Aren’t both of my friends the daddy?
Give me a chance to explain. As you probably know, identical twins are genetically identical. As a result, they pass on the exact same genes to their children. According to Wikipedia, “the children of identical twins would test genetically as half-siblings rather than first cousins.”
So shouldn’t my other friend be celebrating biological fatherhood (rather than uncle-hood)? Somebody please tell me where I’m wrong here.
P.S. – If I ever have kids, I think I’m going to send them to the University of Indiana just so I can have a bumpersticker that says “Hoosier Daddy.” : P