Americans, do you ever feel that impulse, when you meet a Canadian, to ask if they know another Canadian you know? Yeah, we have a lot of misconceptions about our neighbor to the north. For instance, I sometimes suspect that all Canadian famous people either once starred in Degrassi or are members of Arcade Fire. Now Ancestry.com is just adding fuel to our prejudices, by coming out with this discovery that Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne are 11th and 12th cousins, and that Bieber and Celine Dion are 10th cousins three times removed, according to the Associated Press. They’re all descendants of two French couples who came to Quebec in the 1600s.
This is kind of a great advertisement for Ancestry.com — more than those times when they prove that all politicians are somehow related to each other — because now we all want to find out if we’re somehow related to Ryan Gosling, and if we are, does that make it wrong to lust after him? (Oh, never mind, I have no French Canadian in me, phew!)
Also, the spokesperson for Ancestry gave this amazing quote, which is absolutely not what we were wondering: These findings are not “sufficient to point to the existence of a superstar gene.” Just an attractive person gene!
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