Candido Godói looks like an ordinary town in the south of Brazil, but what makes this town unique is the ratio of dwellers being twins. The town has just under 7,000 inhabitants, most of whom are of German descent. After the end of World War II, they drifted across the sea to settle here. According to statistics, the birth rate of twins in Candido Godói is a staggering 20 percent. This means that 1 in 5 childbirths will likely end with twins. In comparison, the world’s birth ratio of twins is 1:89. The twin birth rate in Candido Godói caught the attention of experts and scholars alike. An Argentinian historian, Jorge Camarasa, theorized the “twin town” could be linked to a past ethnographic experiment carried out by Nazi medic Josef Mengele. He suggests that after the end of World War II, the infamous Reich doctor fled to Brazil and spent years conducting human experiments in this town. The purpose of these experiments was to create a superhuman race so the Nazis could dominate the world. So what happened back then, and could this possibly be the explanation for Candido Godói’s high twin birth rate?
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