Interesting Place # 123 - Velikaya Kopanya

There are 58 pairs of twins in Velikaya Kopanya - a village of only 4,000 people.

(The most recent statistics, part of a 2004 study by the National Centre for Health Statistics show that twins represent 32.21 of every 1,000 births. So Velikaya Kopanya is a statistical anomaly. The locals say it's the water, which has a reputation for being near-miraculous. And it's not just the locals that believe this, many people from neighbouring towns visit to collect water and there are always a number of vans and cars parked by the foot of the mountain. If it guarantees that you have twins, I would avoid it like the plague.)