I am 99.4 % European in case anyone wanted to know. 36.1 % German and 24.4 % English with a few other things thrown in to balance me out.
It is so easy to find out things these days – all you need to do is spit in a tube and send it off to be analyzed. I didn’t have any big surprises when I got the results back from my 23 and Me test because I knew my family came from Germany and England from what my parents had told me.
I find it fascinating what information can be gleaned from a little tube of spit. My profile shared the following with me. I know you are on the edge of your seats.
Compared to the average 23 and Me customers my DNA relatives are:
50% less likely to drink instant coffee
47% more likely to have red body or facial hair
44% more likely to have two differently sized feet
42% less likely to make New Year’s resolutions
29% more likely to have lived near a farm when they were young
27% more likely to own a dog
26% less likely to have had braces on their teeth
21% less likely to drink espresso drinks
16% more likely to drink tea (seems it should be higher)
10% more like to own a cat (again- seems like it should be higher)
14% more likely to have sweaty palms
16% less likely to be able to do a backbend kickover (if I knew what it was I would start practicing)
11% less likely to think the cilantro tastes like soap
10% less likely to be able to wiggle their nose
So there you have it. All the interesting facts I could dredge up to keep you entertained on this lovely Friday.
Tell me, have you done the DNA testing or know anyone who has? What have you learned that surprised you? Any big discoveries? Anything you wished you didn’t know? I think it is fascinating that people can track down relatives they had no idea they had because of these tests and I actually know someone who did just that.
Isn’t science amazing? Oh and in case you wondered – I am 0.4% West African.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments and remember to Comment for a Cause.
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Once again you beat me to it. I want to do the Ancestry DNA. May be a Christmas present to myself. I figure I will show Scots/English for the majority. But then I’m intermingled with Thomas Jefferson’s family, so who knows!
I think that would be a great Christmas present! and you have “royalty” in your bloodline–how cool is that???
Wow: the things you learned about those who share similar DNA! My niece gifted me with one of the kits through Ancestry.com. I don’t have them right at hand, but really wasn’t surprised. We knew that most of our ancestors came here from Great Britain, and that’s pretty much what the test showed. But, we didn’t get that additional info relating to cilantro and sweaty palms! 😉
That stuff kind of made me laugh. And yea–no real surprises but it is kind of fun to look at the results.
Good for you! It keeps crossing my mind to do this but my results will be similar to yours-which is fine, but no surprises. Still, I’m curious
It was interesting to read some of the other info that went with it but I certainly understand that not everyone wants to share their info with a company like this.
I find these tests so fascinating and while I haven’t considered one for myself, I’ve been wanting to get one for Audrey. I’d love to find out the different breeds of dog that make up her mix. She’s such a mutt it should be interesting.
That’s a great idea! Do they do them for animals? I had not even thought about it.
Yes, they have a few you can get for dogs. Some are more accurate than others and it also depends how well you swap the dog. I may have to do it just to see what happens. 🙂
Oh cool. That would be really neat to know!
I never knew about the feet! And I though we were bffs! Keeping any other secrets?
I have to keep some sense of mystery. 🙂
Interesting, but I do wonder how they derive all that other information like owning a car and drinking tea (come on, those absolutely SHOULD BE higher!). 😉 I’m not sold on doing the DNA analysis….just call me a little dubious because I wonder what they do with all of the DNA samples these companies now have possession of. ???
Well after reading the news this morning and seeing an article about just that fact you may be correct in being reluctant to share your spit. 🙂 I guess I am of the opinion that there is not a lot of privacy in the world anymore and that there is a great deal that is “known” about each of us already that we probably have no idea about. Maybe it is my too trusting nature but I am not too overly concerned about it and I was happy to find out the info that I found out. It was interesting, very interesting.
I totally agree that we don’t have privacy anymore like we once did. And more information than we can imagine is ‘known’ about us – way too true. It would be so interesting to see the results. I’m glad you enjoyed getting yours. 🙂
Caleb has had this done. I had no idea the type of info you listed is shared. Who cares about some of that trivial stuff? I assume the report included more valuable info???
Yes. The reports have more info on health items that are more relevant. These were just some fun and odd facts that were included.
I did 23andMe along with the health portion. I didn’t find any close relatives, closest match was 3rd cousins. However, I did get a great deal of information from the health portion.
So it was probably helpful for you, right? I think it is fascinating.
You’re 100% fabulous!!
As are you!
I’ll always wonder…what *does* cilantro taste like, other than soap? 😉
Yummy. It tastes yummy! Herby and lovely to us non soap tasters.
I’m part egg plant. Cilantro tastes like a pungent, herbaceous kick to the tongue.
I love cilantro. 🙂