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Do You Have A Lookalike? There Might Actually Be More Than One

By Yasha Spektor

People were always fascinated with their lookalikes. I mean, there is something strangely comforting about someone, who looks, acts or thinks like yourself. By the way, it’s the oldest psychological trick – if you wish to get on somebody’s good side, start mimicking his or her body language. And, if you can manage to imitate the looks as well, consider the job done. Despite what they say about opposites attracting, we naturally tend to prefer people who are as much like ourselves as possible. But, I digress.

According to anonymous, yet completely credible scientific sources, there can be about one billion different facial permutations – and that means that there can be no more than one billion different-looking faces. That, obviously, is not enough for the six billion people living on Earth today – a simple mathematical calculation shows that we only get one face per six people. So, somewhere on this planet there are another five people who look exactly like me! Freaky.

But, is this actually true? I gotta admit, I don’t exactly remember the name of the thick science journal where I read about this. But, it’s not like you need scientific validation for something you might have already suspected – haven’t you ever seen anybody who looked EXACTLY like your uncle Frank or your friend Seth or both of your twin cousins? Once, while on a vacation in Florida, my friend met an old lady who looked so much like his mother that he had to pinch himself – because his real mother just finished talking to him on the phone – from her home in New York. He got a permission to snap a photo and, I must admit, the Florida lady could have easily switched places with my friend’s mother and none of us would know the difference.

It happens to me all the time – I might see a person in the street who looks a lot like some friend of mine – and, I always wish to put them side by side to compare the actual likeness and to entertain them, myself and the spectators in the process. However, I am too shy to come up to complete strangers and bother them with strange requests. So, I did the next best thing – I created a website where people could upload their photos and other people could find their lookalikes, unimaginatively called . The site spits out two photos at random and lets you decide how similar they look on a one-to-ten scale.

The first thing I did after completing work on the site was uploading my own photo. Visitors to the site got to work and pretty soon my lookalikes were selected from tens of thousands of lucky contenders. To say that I was disapointed would be an understatement. Although there was some resemblance, all my alleged “lookalikes” were much less good-looking than I am. Apparently, I am the only one who thinks that – my wife and all my friends tell me that FindMyLookalike did a pretty good job. Maybe so – but, I am still searching for that magnificent human being who is my exact lookalike. Sooner or later, I will find him – it shouldn’t be too hard, after all, there are at least five of Me hiding about, just waiting to be discovered.

Want to try and find your lookalike? Go ahead, upload your pic and wait for results! While there, you can click through a few other pics and help rate their lookalikes. It’s actually strangely addictive.

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Spektor, Yasha "Do You Have A Lookalike? There Might Actually Be More Than One." Do You Have A Lookalike? There Might Actually Be More Than One. 21 Jun. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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