Do you have your own doppelgänger? Odds are that you probably do - as they're a lot more common than you think. For those of you who are scratching your heads thinking that I've made up a word, the term doppelgänger is a German word which translates loosely as "double-walker", and refers to the ghostly double of a living person, or more commonly, the eerie phenomenon where someone looks exactly like someone else.
Across history, various famous figures have reported spotting doppelgängers by accident and circumstance. People like English renaissance poet John Donne, the romantic poet Percy Shelley, and the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have all documented occasions where they chanced upon a stranger who looked exactly like them.
At a glance it looks like evidence of the supernatural, or like something out of science fiction (like the pod people from Invasion Of The Body Snatchers). But it's a lot more common than you might think. Think of all the stress Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel probably have to put up with when people mistake them for each other.
Thanks to the ubiquity of the internet and social media, these days it's a lot easier to find a doppelgänger than it used to be. We've seen people meet their twin on planes and at train stations, and at one point Ed Sheeran shared a snapshot of a fan he met who looked exactly like him. Usually it's weird enough to have just one doppelgänger; but now a young girl has managed to break some kind of world record.
She has over a dozen! Check out her and her legion of lookalikes over on page two.