Big Brothers and Sisters

...can be so mean!

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One for All and All for One

Check out this week's interview with Ron who talks about being a triplet. I wonder if Ron, Michael, and Patrick have what it takes to make it in Hollywood like the guys in this video.

Ted, Tom, and Tim are identical triplets who act like one. They took classes for each other in school, they even substituted for each other on dates. It sounds like a sitcom, so it should be no surprise that now they brought their mix and match world to Hollywood. Here's Sharon Reed.

It's actually a fantasy for some women. This guy has what many people say is the hottest beefcake calendar of 1996 and he has all of the qualifications for it: dashing good-looks and a buff bod to match. Meet Ted DiFillipo, and for those women out there who like their men in triplicate, meet Ted's brothers, Tim and Tom.

If you like a left-handed guy that would be myself. If you like a guy who's really serious and says a couple of words and they are powerful words that'd be Tom, and if you like a joker, that'd be Ted.

Yes Tom, Tim, and Ted DiFillipo are identical triplets and yes, they are inseparable, which has had its advantages. For example, in school, "Tom was the best in math so I used to have him take all of my math classes." And also in the world of dating, "Ted had a girlfriend, and I would go to dinner for him, because he wasn't as talkative and he couldn't get the parents to like him as much.

Six months ago these three hermanos were home in Rhode Island, confused about their future until Ted decided there was only one place in the country to market their wares. The young men agreed they had to go West, to Hollywood.

22 agents called within a week's time and said they wanted to see us as soon as possible. But there was a problem: no money to travel to Tinsel Town. So a few neighbors who knew the boys saw a gold mine. Libby Rique decided to invest in the boys future. I expect a big return from those gentlemen. With the money, the triple "T"s took Hollywood by storm, appearing in episodes of 90201, Melrose Place, and Rolanda. But it's their calendar that they are really proud of. We're here to expose that to everyone. The calendar took four months to shoot and pictures the three in some very potent poses. We're all single.

What does the future hold? The brothers three are hoping for a sitcom or an action adventure film, but for now these model musketeers just want to be one for all and all for one. We want to keep the team together, we owe it to each other.

Well the triple Ts agent says they are indeed developing a network sitcom starring themselves but the name "Three's Company" was already taken.

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Twins Separated at Birth Marry Each Other

Some difficult vocabulary here but it's a very interesting story. (you can double click on words that you don't know to check their meaning)

It's like a story from Tales of the Unexpected, a pair of twins, separated a birth married one another without realizing they were brother and sister. The case has come to light after the high court's annulment of the marriage after the twins found out about their relationship. The peer Lord Olson who highlighted the case in the House of Lords said the twins felt an "inevitable attraction" when they met. Here's our home affairs correspondent Andy Davis.

Although reported for the first time today, this desperately poignant story was first revealed in the House of Lords on December the 10th, by Lord Olson. They were debating the human fertilization and embryology bill, "I was recently in conversation with a high court judge who was telling me the story of the case he recently dealt with and this didn't involve in-vitro fertilization, it involved a normal birth of twins.

According to Lord Alton, the two twins, understood to have been born in Britian, were separated at birth--how long ago is not known. Each was adopted by a different family and grew up oblivious to the fact that they had a twin sibling. Then as adults, by pure coincidence, their paths crossed and they fell in love. It was only after they married that they discovered that they were in fact twins. It's not known how they found out. The marriage was subsequently annulled in the high court. No other details have ever been released.

Cases of what is known as accidental incest are incredibly rare according to workers in the adoption field. Given the stringent guidelines governing modern adoption practice in the UK. It is almost inconceivable they say that such a case could be repeated. It is now exceptional for an adopted child to grow up separate from a sibling. But it is in the field of human fertilization with growing numbers of children conceived through donor sperm and eggs that the risk of accidental incest occurring is far more of a reality. Lord Olson and their supporters want the law changed so that children born from donor eggs and sperm have that information recorded with symbols on their birth certificates. But that, say some fertility specialists, would simply backfire.

The suggestion of putting big "D"s on people's birth certificates is to coerce parents, to force people, to brand the offspring with a big D (for donated). And do we really want as a state that sort of control over our lives and the information about us?

This evening Lord Alton declined to discuss in further detail the case of the twins.
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