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Swedish student travels to Ireland to find her doppelgänger after tracking her down online

The pair found one another on the Twin Strangers website

Will Grice
Thursday 17 December 2015 11:54 GMT
Sara (L) and Shannon (R) meet for the first time in Dublin
Sara (L) and Shannon (R) meet for the first time in Dublin

A Swedish teenager has traveled to Dublin to meet her Irish doppelgänger.

Sara Nordstorm, 17, traced 21-year-old Shannon Lonergan, from Ireland, on website Twin Strangers, a service dedicated to helping people track down their lookalike.

The two were shocked when they met one another, with Ms Lonergan saying, “Our noses, our eyes, we have the exact same ears, lips expressions, pout, smile… it’s just weird”.

The pair said even friends and family were unable to tell them apart.

Twin Strangers released a video showing the first time Sara and Shannon met one another.

The pair later took a trip into Dublin city centre, where they were asked by a worker at the Christmas fair if they were twins.

Ms Lonergan told the Belfast Telegraph: “When my dad first saw myself and Sara he did not know where to look.

“His facial expressions were hilarious and showed how shocked he was.

Ms Nordstorm said: “The more I saw her, the more I saw myself."

Sara and Shannon are not the first doppelgängers to meet this year.

A man tweeted a photo of a friend’s husband who had an unexpected run in with a lookalike on a flight earlier this year.

The photo was shared by thousands of people on social media. Exoerts say the scientific probability of meeting someone who looks exactly like you is extremely low.

“The overall chance of finding someone who looks exactly like you is really very small,” Sir Walter Bodmer, a human genetics professor at the University of Oxford told the Telegraph.

“The human face is extraordinarily unique. I mean think about it. The chance has to be quite low otherwise you would be bumping into people who looked like you all the time, and you don’t.”

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