"They seem the unlikeliest of relatives. One was a fearsome warlord whose name became a byword for savagery. The other is a mild-mannered accountancy academic from Florida". It sounds like the beginning of an insipid Hollywood buddy movie starring Robin Williams and Jackie Chan in which they do a little dance, make a little love (not to each other - it's Hollywood), and conquer a swath of Asia from Beijing to Kiev and along the way learn a valuable lesson about friendship, honesty, and evisceration.
But before you pull out your bankbook to see if your savings and planned retirement funds are sufficient for a zany night out at the movies, the story is actually about a middle-aged accountant from Florida who has just found out he is a descendant of Genghis Khan. That sounds more like the premise of a Canadian film than a Hollywood film. So put your bankbook away. You'll never see it.
This family tree was discovered by a British geneticist who offers genetic tests to anyone now for the low, low price of £195. According to the researcher, the Mongol emperor was quite the prolific little subjugator of the weak. An estimated 16 million people worldwide can claim to be the Khan's direct descendents.
"I obviously haven't conquered any countries", said the flabbergasted accountant. He did add however that he had "headed up accounting groups". Ooooooo! Scary! Watch out Ernst & Young! Khan is on the loose and after your spreadsheets!
Via The Huffington Post
Genes. By Genghis
May 30, 2006
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