The case of the JIM TWINS. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer.
Separated at birth and reunited at the age of 39, the twins found that they had lived nearly identical lives!
So, as to nature versus nurture debate, what do you make of this one?
Twin boys were put up for adoption in 1940, their adoptive parents named each boy James and both boys used the nickname Jim. The two would grow up a short distance from each other but never meet, but they would go on to live spookily similar lives.
Both adoptive parents knew that the child they adopted had a twin. However, Springer’s mother was under the impression that the twin had died, while Lewis’ mother knew a bit more. She had overheard someone mention that the “other baby” had also been named James. It would be this passing message that would ultimately drive Jim Lewis to look for his twin.
But for now, the baby boys paths would diverge. However, they unknowingly forged lives as identical as their DNA.
Both boys had beloved dogs named Toy, and as schoolchildren, both had a passion for math and woodworking but were terrible at spelling. If their childhoods were uncannily similar, then their early adulthoods were truly remarkable.
Both Jims married women named Linda, who they later divorced only to re-marry women named Betty. Both Jim Lewis and Jim Springer had a son, and –I’m sure you saw this coming—BOTH
men gave their son's the same name, James Alan (or James Allan in Springer’s case).
Both Jims suffered from tension headaches, were prone to nail-biting, and even discovered that they were both heavy smokers and smoked the same brand of cigarettes, they drove the same cars (a Chevrolet) and had similar jobs in security (Jim Lewis was a security guard, while Jim Springer had been a deputy sheriff). They even took their vacations at the same Florida beach. Neither man knew any of these impossible facts about the other, until Lewis, aged 37, decided to try and get into contact with his twin. In 1977, he succeeded in finding contact details through an Ohio courthouse; the pair spoke on the phone and eventually agreed to meet.
On February 9, 1979, the Jim Twins were finally reunited. When their fascinating case came to light, scientists saw how very valuable they could be to the study of reunited twins. They took part in a study conducted by Dr. Thomas Bouchard of the University of Minnesota, who found that their medical histories and brain-wave tests were almost identical. So too were their results in a personality test.
The case of the brothers (and others like them) went on to influence theories of "Nature versus Nurture", and the effects of hereditary over environmental factors.
Some have even considered the Jim Twins’ case as possible proof of telepathic connections between twins. Jim Springer did state that he “always felt an emptiness,” after all. Was it his brother he was subconsciously feeling?
Though there’s no doubt that the Jim twins are alike in multiple ways, one brother has since diverged from the shared lifestyle. Jim Lewis recently divorced his Betty and remarried for the 3rd time a woman named Sandy, with his newfound twin brother as his best man.
No word yet on whether Jim Springer knows anyone named Sandy.