Simplification

My Relation to President John F. Kennedy

August 16, 2015

I am related distantly in at least two ways, because John F. Kennedy was descended from Alexander Stewart (b. 1214) High Steward of Scotland, whose son James Stewart (b. 1243), … blah, blah, blah.

Here is a time-saving idea, Ron, why do you not just list the people of whom you are not a ‘distant cousin’.  Of course, you would lie, and deny kinship with Hitler, Stalin and Mao. But the fact is that we are all distant cousins of each other. If one claims otherwise, one has to explain why the world’s population was not millions of times higher, centuries ago, than it is now (you know the old child-baffling calculation: 2 parents, 4 grand-parents, etc.).  Another believe-it-or-not calculation, is that there is a finite probability that you have inhaled at some time an atom which was once part of Albert Einstein: even apart from the fact that he was incinerated, there are also the billions of skin cells that he shed. Perhaps we should not have mentioned this: knowing your incredible conceit and arrogance, you will probably add ‘intimate contact with Einstein’ to your CV.

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