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   Undertoad  Sunday Jul 13 11:56 AM

7/13/2003: Other joined twins

And you think you have a tough life. These two are Ayara (left) and Jayara Ratun. They are 34, living in India. They make a living as, basically, circus freaks. This week a pair of Iranian conjoined twins died during surgery, and so Ayara and Jayara decided not to go through with such an operation. "If God has made us this way, then this is how we should remain -- together forever," Ayara said.

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 13 12:28 PM

How do they poop? Also I wonder if thats a piece of brick under
the bottom curve of their torso?

OnyxCougar  Sunday Jul 13 01:00 PM

They're wearing flip-flops on their hands, and I think I can see three flip-flops on the right hand side. I can't be sure, but they may have more torso behind them in the picture.

Any comments about "only the strong survive" vs. societal morals?

elSicomoro  Sunday Jul 13 01:17 PM

The two Iranians seemed to go against a standard of sorts among conjoined twins. In all the interviews I've seen regarding conjoined twins, including those that could be separated with "relative ease", most seem content being the way they are. They seem to almost enjoy being "together."

Torrere  Sunday Jul 13 02:48 PM

I wonder how often they get laid?

bmgb  Sunday Jul 13 03:52 PM

I read that these twins do share a pair of legs, but it looks like they're just hidden in the photo.

Nothing But Net  Sunday Jul 13 04:32 PM

All I can think of is:

<b>Shit, two alimony payments!</b>

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 13 07:18 PM

bmgb, do you remember where you read that? I couldn't find anything on them.

bmgb  Sunday Jul 13 11:39 PM

Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
bmgb, do you remember where you read that? I couldn't find anything on them.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 14 01:00 AM

Cool, thanks

Elspode  Monday Jul 14 02:21 PM

I look at the picture of these two, and all I can think of is the intelligence in their eyes, the look of mournful acceptance of their lots in life.

Renting oneself out as a circus freak has to be one of the most humiliating vocations possible. It is sort of a, 'isn't it bad enough that we are conjoined twins, but we must debase ourselves for the amusement of others?' thing.

I am saddened, yet filled with admiration for the Iranian twins who risked and lost their lives in an effort to live more normally. The human machine is magnificent when it works, and unspeakably terrible when it malfunctions.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 14 10:40 PM

Maybe even more amazing that the body can function when it is so fucked up.

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