According to an MI5 agent who infiltrated the Provisional IRA, Irish Republican chiefs couldn’t bring themselves to attack targets in Scotland during the Troubles because they viewed them as β€œCeltic cousins” heraldscotland.com/news/1…
It is legal to marry your first cousin in California and New York... but not in Kentucky, Louisiana, or Mississippi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and country singer George Strait are cousins. statesman.com/news/201804…
Olivia de Havilland's cousin was Geoffrey de Havilland, designer of the famous Mosquito fighter-bomber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman are cousins. Their uncle is Francis Ford Coppola cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Mary Queen of Scots suspected of murdering her husband fled to England for help. Cousin Queen Elizabeth I, threatened by Mary’s claim to her throne, imprisoned her 19 yrs then beheaded her. Elizabeth had no children so Mary’s son ironically became first king over England, Scotland & Ireland history.com/this-day-in-h…
Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and CΓ©line Dion are all distantly related cousins msn.com/en-au/news/other/…
There is speculation that MartΓ­n Alonso PinzΓ³n, the captain of the Pinta in Christopher Columbus' fleet and a major financial backer of the expedition, had already been to the New World in a voyage with French navigator Jean Cousin in 1488. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are second cousins. today.com/allday/al-lenny…
Today I learned of Santa Muerte (Holy Lady of Death) who is considered a folk Saint by some people in Mexico. Despite being condemned by the Catholic Church, her cult is increasing . It appeared in Breaking Bad series and was worshiped by The Cousins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The average Brit has about 175000 sixth cousins. isogg.org/wiki/Cousin_sta…
Gerard Way (lead singer of My Chemical Romance) is Joe Rogan's second cousin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Tom Cruise is obsessed with sending his co-stars cakes, even ones he worked with decades ago. Louis Theroux, documentary maker, even went to his grandmother's 100th Birthday Party to find 100 cupcakes from Tom Cruise, after Tom worked with his cousin. insider.com/tom-cruise-se…
Jimmy Carter born October 1, 1924 as James Earl Carter Jr. In Plains, Georgia was the first U.S. President born in a hospital. He is also 6th cousins with Richard Nixon and 9th cousins 3 times removed with Bill Gates. history.com/.amp/this-day…
F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of *The Great Gatsby*) is the second cousin to Francis Scott Key (writer of "The Start Spangled Banner"), but Fitzgerald was born over 50 years after Key died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln. Tom Hanks is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestor is John Hanks (1680 - 1740), who was the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln and the six-time great-grandfather of Tom Hanks. archive.indianexpress.com…
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, are third cousins; they both share Queen Victoria as their common great-great-grandmother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duk…
The oldest cousin of Native Americans was found in a 14,000 year old tooth in Russia reportweb.co/oldest-cousi…
Joe Rogan is second cousins with Gerard and Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Justin Fletcher's (A popular British children's entertainer) cousin was a member of Dire Straits and a Rock And Roll hall of fame inductee, and that his father is an Ivor-Novello winning songwriter with an OBE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy…
Sailor Moon in Japan had a lesbian couple, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptume. In the English translation this is censored, stating they are cousins instead. Due to problematic dubbing flirting was left in, leading some viewers to infer their relationship as incestuous en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Einstein married his cousin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Els…
Queen Elizabeth has been married to her 3rd cousin for over 70 years. biography.com/news/prince…
Joe Rogan and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way are second cousins. nme.com/news/music/joe-ro…
Richard Pryor was Ludacris’ cousin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Actor Jason Schwartzman was the drummer for Phantom Planet who were famous for the intro to the OC. He is also Nic Cage and Sofia Coppola's cousin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Jon Bon Jovi's first professional recording was singing backup vocals on the 1980 Star Wars tie-in Christmas album "Christmas In The Stars." The only reason he got the gig was because his cousin Tony managed the studio where the album was recorded and had hired him as a janitor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
In Arizona you can legally marry your first cousin if both of you are 65 or over, and one of you can't reproduce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Tycho Brahe, the famed Danish astronomer noted for the accuracy of his observations, had a pet elk who died after consuming too much beer and falling down the stairs. Brahe also lost part of his nose after a sword duel with his third cousin over which of them was the superior mathematician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyc…
In 1931, an Australian Aboriginal girl called Molly Craig was taken from her parents and imprisoned in a Native Reserve. She escaped the next day with her 11-year-old sister and 8-year-old cousin. The journey took 9 weeks and 1600 KM. In 1940, she escaped again, with her 18-month-old daughter. smh.com.au/national/daugh…
Today I learned of the Okapi, a cousin of the giraffe, with stripes like a zebra on its hind legs and scent glands on the bottom of its feet to track other neighboring okapi. rainforest-alliance.org/s…
Gerard Philips, founder of multinational Royal Philips now valued at 30+ billion dollars, was first cousin to Karl Marx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Country singer George Strait and Jeff Bezos are cousins. dallasnews.com/business/r…
Astronomer Tycho Brahe got into a drunken duel with his cousin over who was the better mathematician, and as a result of the duel had to wear a prosthetic nose. io9.gizmodo.com/the-crazy…
Actor Joseph Fiennes was familiar with one of the key filming locations for Best Picture movie Shakespeare In Love (1998) as it was his ancestral home, Broughton Castle. Joseph is the fourth cousin of Nathaniel Fiennes, 21st Baron Saye and Sele, who owns the property. broughtoncastle.com/furth…
Thomas Jefferson and Zachary Taylor (the 3rd and 12th US presidents) were 12th cousins. wikitree.com/wiki/FitzAla…
John Wilkes Booth timed the deadly shot he fired at Abraham Lincoln with the funniest line from β€œMy American Cousin,” knowing the laughter would drown out the gunshot. That line was β€œYou sockdologizing old man-trap.” waywordradio.org/sockdolo…
AN Illinois judge issues 6 months jail time for "loud and boisterous" yawn... To the defendants cousin. He also jailed people who swore or if their phones went off in court... nbcchicago.com/news/local…
John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, were actually third cousins biography.com/us-first-la…
Sacha Baron-Cohen's cousin, Simon Baron-Cohen is a groundbreaking researcher in the field of Empathy & EQ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Einstein freely discussed his affairs – and complained of being chased by the love-crazed women – in letters to his second wife, who was also his cousin, and even to his stepdaughter. Einstein had at least 10 lovers in addition to the two women he married after affairs with them nypost.com/2006/07/11/ein…
Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are second cousins. Their grandfathers were brothers in the Bahamas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
There are 2 branches in Islam: Sunni (85% population) and Shi’a (15%). A split occurred shortly after the death of Muhammad. The Shi’a believed that Muhammad pre-selected Imam Ali, his cousin and son-in-law. The Sunnis believed that the leader should be chosen through consultation and election. arabamericanmuseum.org/um…
Today I learned of JNG Whistler, who was part of a famous military family, and cousin to James Whistler, who was the painter of Whistler's Mother. JNG would find himself in Dakota Territory, where he would save the lives of countless Dakota Indians. midwesternscout.com/the-a…
A double first cousin can result when two siblings from one family marry two siblings from another family. famlii.com/what-is-a-doub…
William Waldorf Astor built the first Waldorf Hotel where his home was once built. His cousin Colonel John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV built the adjoining Astor Hotel, and the complex became the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It was then demolished to make way for the Empire State Building. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Oscar's most nominated family are the Newman's, a family of composers and song writers that started with Alfred Newman's work on Tin Pan Alley in 1941 . Cousins Randy and Thomas Newman are competing this year for best score. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Charles Darwin & his wife were first cousins. They had 10 kids, 7 making it to adulthood. Worried that his marriage had something to do with the deaths, he began to experiment with plants. He learned that with any kind of breeding, it's better to cross-breed than to keep relatives together. phys.org/news/2010-05-dar…
Today I learned that the three rulers of Great Britain , Russia, and Germany, respectively, were first cousins. Additionally, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, King George V of Britain were friends since childhood and were mistaken for each other because they looked so alike. eastsussexww1.org.uk/thre…
Today I learned of the Basus war, a 40 year conflict between two cousin tribes during late antiquity in Arabia over the killing of a camel. wikipedia.org/wiki/Basus_…
Charles Darwin wrote a pros and cons of marriage ( including the positivity of β€œfemale chit-chat) before marrying his cousin brainpickings.org/2012/08…
Hitler's parents were cousins biography.com/news/who-wa…
In the USA second cousins are legally allowed to marry in every single state. Marriage between first cousins, however, is legal in about half of our states, though some of these only allow it under certain circumstances. thespruce.com/cousin-marr…
There is a massive subterranean biosphere estimated to contain life approaching double the volume of all oceans. About 70% of Earth's bacteria and archaea live here. These microbes are often very different from surface cousins, with life cycles on near-geologic timescales. deepcarbon.net/life-deep-…
Cookie Monster has a British cousin named Biscuit Monster muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Bi…
That it is banned by statute to marry your first cousin in several US states such as Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia. However, it is perfectly legal to marry your first cousin in California, New York, Florida, and almost all European Countries outside the Balkans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Due to the way they reproduce, domesticated apples have virtually the same amount of genetic diversity as their wild cousins journals.plos.org/plosgen…
In 1909 a native American named Willie Boy fled from the law, traveling over 600 miles through the California desert with his distant cousin/lover. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Tom Hanks appeared in the SNL skit Wayne's World as Garth Algar's cousin, the Aerosmith roadie. Aerosmith also appeared in this episode. youtube.com/watch?v=s86AA…
The % (percent) and ‰ (permille) signs have a third cousin - β€± (permyriad), beyond this uses 'parts-per notation' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Simon Baron-Cohen, a well-known and influential scientist in the field of autism, and the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen are cousins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are 2nd cousins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
The woman who accused 14 y.o. Emmett Till of flirting with her admitted that she lied 62 years later. Till was brutally lynched by the woman’s husband and his cousin based on her accusation. Images of his mutilated body are credited with sparking the Civil Rights movement. nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us…
During her childhood, Oprah Winfrey was molested by her uncle, cousin, and a family friend to the point where she ran away from home. When she discussed this with her family when she was older, they denied her allegations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
The director of My Cousin Vinny (1992) has a law degree from Cambridge and that the film is highly regarded in the legal community for its realistic depiction of courtroom procedure and trial strategy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Humans are the only animals with chins. Even chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest genetic cousins, lack chins. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Edgar Allan Poe, the famous American writer, married his 13 year old first cousin when he was 27. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edg…
Stephen Fry's great aunt and cousins were murdered in the Holocaust, one of his ancestors signed the death warrant for King Charles I, and at one point in his youth he spent three months in prison for credit card fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Princess Diana's late boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed, who was also in the fatal car crash in 1997, was first cousins with Jamal Khashoggi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The Current King of Thailand married his first cousin from his mother's side, and had a daughter with her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaj…
Fossils reveal a 12-foot bird that lived alongside early human relatives. The nightless behemoth was three times the size of a modern ostrich and may have been a food source for our early European cousins. on.natgeo.com/2FDgSHB
Big bird has a Mexican cousin named Abelardo Mon muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ab…
Cousin marriage in the US is complicated and some states allow it, some states criminalize it, and many states have conditions that decide whether it is allowed or not. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
That the comedia's Sasha Baron Cohen's cousin helped formulate the theory of mind blindness in autistic children and developed a thought experiment to recognize autistic children called the Sally-Anne test educateautism.com/infogra…
A banana tree is not really a tree, but a perennial herb, a distant cousin of ginger. Bananas are technically berries. gardenbetty.com/a-banana-…
Jon Bon Jovi’s first professional recording was lead vocals on the song "R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas” off of the Star Wars album β€œChristmas In The Stars.” His cousin co-produced the album and ran the recording studio, where Bon Jovi was working sweeping floors at the time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ…
In the original version written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, Beauty and the Beast are first cousins. yahoo.com/entertainment/d…
Actor Fred Gwynne (My Cousin Vinny, Pet Semetary, the Munsters) was an accomplished illustrator of children's books atlasobscura.com/articles…
Pregnancy from sex between first cousins carries a 5–6% chance of birth defects, similar to that of a 40-year-old woman and unrelated man. The baseline risk of all pregnancies is 3–4%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Your cousins’ children are your 1st cousins once removed, and that β€œonce removed” simply refers to the one generation gap between you. Their children are thus your 1st cousins twice removed, etc. lifehacker.com/second-cou…
At the time of WW1, the King of Britain, Russia, and Germany were all first cousins. When asked about WW1, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany sarcastically remarked, "If my grandmother [Queen Victoria] had been alive, she would never have allowed it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There is no legal restriction on the marriage of first cousins in Ireland. citizensinformation.ie/en…
Andronikos I became roman emperor by overthrowing his 13 year old cousin Alexios. Previously he poisoned Alexios' aunt and her husband and made him sign a decree ordering the excution of his(Alexios') mother. He then had him strangled and finally married Alexios' 12 year old wife. He was 65 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Daphne du Maurier’s cousins, were the inspiration for J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. fivebooks.com/best-books/…
In 1889, the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary died in a suicide pact with his teenage mistress, leaving his cousin Franz Ferdinand to be heir. His daughter would become a prominent socialist politician en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Gorillas share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos. worldwildlife.org/species…
Today I learned of Sir Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin. He invented fingerprint analysis, weather maps, the concept of mathematical correlation, the phrase β€œnature versus nurture,” and psychometryβ€”the measuring of intellect (IQ tests). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The first cousin once removed of Tsar Nicholas II and son of one of Rasputin's assassins served three terms as the mayor of Palm Beach, Florida en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
While watching online porn a guy discovered that his adopted cousin from age 8, Jessica, a girl his parents once tried to adopt after his aunt got sick is now pornstar Lexi Belle. He contacted her, she replied and now they continue to have a relationship thehundreds.com/blogs/con…
Evan Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld's second cousin, is a heavy metal vocalist who has married multiple porn stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
Rip Torn introduced his cousin Sissy Spacek to the entertainment business, and helped her enroll in the Actors Studio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rip…
BeyoncΓ© is Queen Elizabeth II’s 12th cousin once removed. They both share the same Great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather, a French nobleman by the name of Gaspard II de Coligny. beautifultrendstoday.com/…
Today I learned of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born woman who was a victim of genital mutilation and married off to her cousin. She escaped and sought asylum in the Netherlands, eventually being elected to Dutch parliament. She is now an activist for women's rights and opposes honor violence and child marriage. africansuccess.org/visuFi…
Einstein married his first cousin, Elsa LΓΆwenthal. (Not only were their mothers sisters, but their fathers were cousins too, making the married couple second cousins as well.) The relationship began while Einstein was still married to his first wife, physicist Mileva MariΔ‡. astronomy.com/news/2018/0…
Although children of identical twins are legally first cousins, genetically, they are actually half siblings genetics.thetech.org/ask-…
When two siblings from one family and two siblings from another family procreate, their children are called "double cousins." blog.famicity.com/2017/12…
"Daddy Longlegs" insects are not actually spiders. In fact, the closest cousin they have is actually the scorpion. mentalfloss.com/article/5…

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