To some this name may sound a little familiar. It's the title of a Drew Barrymore film made in 1993. But actually they are creatures of myth or should I say something out of a Doublemint commercial. Doppelgangers have been known to be a person's exact double much like a twin. What makes these creatures rare is that they are more apparitions that actual humans. So here's the question. Do you think that a person really can be in two places at once?
According to some, if you have a doppelganger than the answer to that question would be yes. Let's dig a little deeper into what Doppelgangers really are. The word "Doppelganger" is actually German for "double walker." They are shadowy figures of yourself that is said to accompany you. Some people say that they are a sign of death. Usually, only the person who possesses a doppelganger can see it but on occasion, it can appear before your friends and/or family, talking and acting as if they were really you. Thus, causing major confusion.
There have been many stories through out history where doppelgangers have appeared before famous people including John Donne, Queen Elizabeth I, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Guy de Maupassant, etc. One of the most interesting accounts of doppelganger is told by American writer Robert Dale Owen. It was about a 32-yr-old French woman named Emilie Sagée. Sagée was a French teacher at an all girls school near Wolmar in what is now called Latvia. There were many accounts of when her doppelganger appeared in front of the students. Once was when she was writing something on the blackboard. Her doppelganger appeared right next to her copying her every move. Another time was when she was out in the garden. All the students were gathered in the student hall for sewing lessons when her doppelganger appeared sitting in the teacher's chair motionless. Emilie Sagée claimed to have never seen her doppelganger but did say she felt weak everytime it was said to appear somewhere.
Maybe we really do have a twin somewhere out there. And if we really want to be in two places at once, we can make it happen. Despite all the eyewitness accounts of doppelgangers, do you really think they are real?
More information on Doppelgangers: http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa111102a.htm
*Wagner, Stephen (2005). DoppelGanger! Retrived April 15, 2005, from the About website: http://www.about.com