There’s nothing more adorable than a selfie of a nice young couple smiling, is there? The internet is full of countless pictures that meet this description, but everyone is talking about this one. It looks pretty innocent at first glance. Here, see for yourself:
Look at those smiling faces! Then look at the reflection of those smiling faces to see yet another smiling face. There’s only one problem: Based on the way this young couple is standing, we should see the back of this young woman’s head. Things are getting creepy.
Lots of people noticed the unnatural reflection and commented about it on social media, because that’s what you do when you see something that sort of freaks you out. Here’s a comment from someone who is not Will Ferrell at all, but pretty close:
Actually, Fill Werrell, the answer is no. We are not going to ignore this fact. We are going to get to the bottom of this mystery if it’s the last thing we do, starting with clues.
So, for our first clue, let’s find out who exactly posted this picture in the first place. The account belongs to a young guy named Andy Fuentes, although that doesn’t appear to be Andy in the photo. So that’s not much help.
People on the internet quickly guide us to a second clue. As you can see, the caption to the image makes a reference to Gemini, a sign of the Zodiac. Gemini (May 21 – June 21) is based on two characters out of Greek and Roman mythology.
Castor and Pollux were twins, sons of a queen named Leda. Apparently Zeus got really weird with her; he changed into a swan, begged for protection from a rampaging eagle, and proceeded to impregnate the human woman while she was sleeping beside her husband, the Spartan king Tyndareus.
Leda then produced two eggs. One of them contained the famously beautiful Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra (don’t ask). The other contained the twins Castor and Pollux. One was Zeus’ son while the other carried Tyndareus’ genes.
Bear with us, here. The story goes that Pollux was immortal, thanks to his godly genetics. Castor was mortal. When Castor died, Pollux begged his father, Zeus, to let his twin share his immortality. They would operate godhood sort of like a timeshare. Zeus was okay with that, and that’s where we get the dual-god Gemini.
All of this is just a long way of saying that the reference to Gemini in the photo’s caption is a joke about being literally two-faced. Most internet users who got this far agree that the picture was Photoshopped. It was an artistic representation of a dual-faced figure.
A group selfie from about a year ago backs up this argument. It’s basically the same trick. The only question is whether these are elaborate Photoshop jobs or even-more elaborate trick photographs.
Check out the creepy dual-faced picture that came before the latest:
Of course, there is another theory out there. It could be that there’s a race of dual-faced humans running around out there somewhere, and we’re only now discovering them and sharing their images thanks to the magic of the internet. What do you think?