Friday, October 16, 2015

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – "I Am the Cute One" (1993)

She is the older
I am the younger
So after all is it any wonder?
I am the cute one

Today is the 29th birthday of my daughters Sarah and Caroline.  

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were born only a few months before my girls, who watched Full House with rapt attention when they were young.

Years ago, I was on the same flight as Bob Saget, who played the father on that TV show.  I pulled out a picture of Sarah and Caroline and told him that if the Olsen twins ever were a problem, they could be replaced.

Mary Kate (or is it Ashley?)
as Michelle Tanner
It may surprise you to learn that the Olsen girls are not identical twins, although they looked enough alike to take turns portraying the Michelle Tanner character on Full House.

I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to twins – in my view, identicals are the only real twins.  Fraternals are just siblings who happened to be born at the same time.

One of my daughters told an interesting story at lunch today.  She had read that there had been speculation that Kate Middleton was carrying twins in 2012 because she suffered from an extreme form of morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, which is more common when a woman is pregnant with twins than when she is pregnant with a singleton.

(Dumbest hat EVER!)
Today, twins are usually delivered by Caesarean sections.  If Kate Middleton had given birth to twins via a C-section, the future king or queen of England might have been determined by which baby Kate's doctor pulled out first.  

That's because shortly after Kate married Prince William, the British government adopted absolute primogeniture.  That meant that the couple's first-born child would have had priority in the line of succession to the British throne regardless of whether the child was a boy or a girl.

Today, the British monarch is a largely ceremonial figure.  But imagine if the wife of Henry VIII or George III had undergone a C-section and delivered male twins.

Here are photos of Sarah and Caroline on their 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th birthdays (in that order):

Tonight I uploaded those photographs into a face-aging software program that predicts a person's future appearance at a particular age.

According to that program, here's how Sarah and Caroline will look on their 69th birthday:

And here's how they will look when they are 101:

"I Am the Cute One" was released on Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's 1993 album of the same name:

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