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Originally posted by Alfie1
Originally posted by Magister
All the Pesidents except Van Buren are related to King John of England (Magna Carta 1166). Are we really still under the shadow of the Monarchy? And a 12 Y.O. girl discovered it!edit on 29-4-2013 by Magister because: (no reason given)
This is one of those things where we are all related to Nero.
If you have half an hour to waste calculate the number of ancestors you have in the direct line. 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 greatgrandparents etc doubling every 25 years for 500 or a thousand years
Btw Magna Carta was 1215 not 1166.
1. Any one of us has two parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great great grandparents, etc.
2. Following this formula to seven generations back, which takes us approximately to the year 1800 AD, each one of us has 128 ancestors. (2,4,8,16,32,64,128 or 2 to the seventh power)
3. If we extend this logic back to the beginning of the Christian era (1 AD) each of us would need to have had 1 million billion billion (10 to the 24th power) ancestors. If the 5.5. billion people alive today each had a unique set of ancestors, there would have to have been 5.5 million billion billion (10 to the 33rd power) of ancestors for all of us.
Originally posted by MystikMushroom
reply to post by WhiteAlice
I don't about now though. Can you really see the sons/daughters of the wealthy elite being among the first people to colonize Mars or the Moon? It'll be expensive just like the American colonies were...
I just don't see the same thing happening again in the future.
“If you could say my family came over on the Niña, the Pinta or the Santa Maria, this is the equivalent,” said Mr. Curran, wearing a black Virgin Galactic T-shirt and an enthusiastic smile. “You are part of the birth of an industry.”
Today every single family member of a European monarch, and everyone who can claim ancestry to even a minor royal, is descended from William.
Originally posted by WhiteAlice
reply to post by Peter Brake
Again, you had a founding populous of this country that was predominantly wealthy aristocracy looking to gain their own lands. They were predominantly wealthy aristocracy from the UK. The "habits" of the aristocracy was to marry similarly positioned (in terms of holdings/title) families for the most part. It gets pretty ridiculous to see how much seemingly intermarriage occurred.
Again, your democracy is broken, modern day America has many more family trees outside of the aristocracy. Or do you contend that in a democracy only the aristocrats should have candidates?
Wake up man what are you saying, only relatives of the founding fathers should be in politics? Is that what their constitution was written for?
Originally posted by skepticconwatcher
reply to post by Magister
Would it surprise you to know that you too are probably related to him and many of the folks reading this thread ?
Originally posted by Phoenix267
reply to post by joshuaislord
Who would be consider an agent? I'm curious because I love the diverse views the members of this site! Share please.