Twins Pull Off Comical Prank That Goes Unnoticed For Years
Kristin Danley 6/15/2018
Twin brothers Malcolm and Marcus Williams are no stranger to the spotlight. They were poignantly named after Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey.
They also made local history when they became the biggest set of twins born in the Upstate of South Carolina 18 years before; Marcus tipped the scale at nine pounds, six ounces, and Malcolm weighed in at seven pounds, 13 ounces -- and they didn't stop growing! But it's something these two did -- and didn't do -- back in high school that has everyone talking.
These April Fool's Day babies have been on the receiving end of numerous jokes, such as "You guys were born a joke," "You two were born comedians," etc. They couldn't help but get into the festivities themselves, too, every time their birthday rolled around on April 1.
Marcus shared with Love What Matters that they switched classes in middle school as a prank, showed up to each other's jobs to see if anyone would notice, and twinned at the movies to pretend they were just one person, buy one ticket and walk in twice to freak people out.
But the biggest trick they pulled off was when they were in high school and it was picture day. These Greenville, South Carolina, twins had thought before about switching roles at picture time just to be funny, but this time, Marcus felt it was a necessity.
"My twin is the GREATEST. He took both of our pics for picture day back in HS when I was sick."
Marcus testified that he begged his brother to take his picture for him since he was home sick. In fact, Malcolm laughed off the request repeatedly, until he realized Marcus was serious.
"Over time, he agreed to do it. Our main concern was that we can never be serious during times like this. He told me that if the camera would've been in front of his face for maybe three more seconds, he would've completely blown his cover. I was just impressed at the fact he maintained a straight face the entire time. Surprisingly we got away with this glitch for more than two years without anybody knowing."
This wouldn't have panned out if the brothers weren't fraternal twins who looked incredibly alike. They admitted that being a twin definitely has its perks.
"From the friendly competition with everything you do day in or day out, as children, racing to the front seat of the car to feel superior, competition to see who can finish their food first, waking each other up in the middle of the night to walk together to the bathroom out of fear of the dark, saying the same thing at once on accident, having conversations without actually being vocal. The perks are endless!"
It's a good thing these brothers have such a great sense of humor, since their future plans involved becoming teachers. Marcus hopes to become an elementary school teacher; Malcolm a middle school teacher; both of which require a fair amount of patience and the ability to see the funniness in certain situations.
As juniors at South Carolina State University, the twins decided to share their story with other twins to encourage them to have fun with their uniqueness in life and to "open doors to twin 'cheat codes'" that will reveal many "life hacks." Marcus' final bit of advice: "Remember twins -- work smart, not hard! (wink)."