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The Strange Lives Of Chang And Eng Bunker, The Original Siamese Twins

Chang and Eng Bunker were known as the original Siamese twins. Born in 1811, Chang and Eng were raised in a small fishing village where they led somewhat normal early lives. So why were they called Siamese twins? Most conjoined twins born in that era did not survive very long, so the fact that Chang and Eng survived long enough to travel around the world made them unique. They were born in the Kingdom of Siam, now Thailand, which is where the term "Siamese" comes from. 

Although they shared bodies, like the famous conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, the Bunker twins didn't let that hold them back from leading normal lives. They performed shows for years before settling down to try to live out their days as "southern gentlemen." Chang and Eng were talented and natural showmen, but they were also dedicated fathers and husbands with their own personalities and interests. Their lives were filled with fascinating twists and turns, and their legacy lives on in museums, monuments, and the phrase they coined, "Siamese twins."