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On the double
February 17, 2014 - Karin Elton
A couple days ago a Walmart clerk asked me if I was a So-and-So (a last name that I’ve since forgotten). I said no, do I have a double somewhere? (I was going to say doppelganger, but switched to double in case she didn’t know what a doppelganger is.) She said you look just like someone I know. She lives in the Echo-Belview area.
It made me wonder though, “Do I have a doppelganger?” I was watching TV yesterday with the remote in hand, ready to switch to another station during a commercial. I was going to watch a “Twilight Zone” episode starring Vera Miles who sees her double. Darn! I forgot to watch it. It sounds good. And it would have made for a better blog post for me.
To make up for that lapse, I’ll “Google” doppelganger and see what I can find. paranormal.about.com says that "Doppelganger" is German for "double walker" - a shadow self that is thought to accompany every person.
I first learned about doppelgangers after reading “The Double” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky long ago. A man goes mad after seeing his doppelganger walking around.
I see that there is a movie called “The Double” starring Jesse Eisenberg that I will have to check out. I liked that actor a lot in the “The Social Network.” The reviewer calls the movie a “psychological creepfest” which is doubly cool in my book.
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