I'm old enough to remember when conjoined twins were called Siamese twins...
how did that reference ever come about???
If ever there was a politically incorrect term...this one would have to be it...
Sooo...of course I had to google it!
"The most famous pair of conjoined twins was Chan and Enk Bunker...(1811-1874),
Thai brothers born in Siam, now Thailand. They travelled with P.T. Barnum's circus for many
years and were billed as the Siamese Twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a band of flesh,
cartilage, and their fused livers at the torso. In modern times, they could have been easily separated.
Due to the brothers' fame and the rarity of the condition, the term "Siamese twins" came to be used as
a synonym for conjoined twins." Wikepedia...Conjoined Twins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjoined_twins
While looking this up, I read more about Chang and Eng...
for instance...did you know that Chang had 10 children and Eng had 12???
They were married to sisters...
Chang to Adelaide Yates and Eng to Sallie Yates.
An interesting side note to my side note is that the sister's father
objected to the marriages, but not because Chang and Eng were conjoined...
but because they were Asian.
Regardless of their happy unions...throughout the 1900's
it was thought to be morally reprehensible for conjoined twins to marry
let alone have sex.
When it became possible to separate some conjoined twins,
some of the reasoning for separation stemmed from thoughts