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2018-03-02 08:21:23 AM  
I always figured, based on my grandparents, my DNA would be 50 percent Italian and 25 percent each German and Irish.

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2018-03-02 08:37:54 AM  
I reaffirmed the learning of "a fool and his money are soon parted".
 
2018-03-02 08:45:52 AM  
I'm part Welsh and part Hungarian, so that makes me Well-Hung.
 
2018-03-02 08:48:27 AM  
Even though my family is originally from Germany, their DNA is mostly British/Scots/Irish.
 
2018-03-02 08:54:15 AM  
They are about as accurate as the ones for dogs. And largely based on bullshiat and promises.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scie​n​ce/science-news/9912822/DNA-ancestry-t​ests-branded-meaningless.html

http://www.cracked.com/personal-exper​i​ences-2522-inside-shady-world-dna-test​ing-companies.html
Yea, it's Cracked, but it's good bullet point stuff with solid links.: " Inside Edition found differences of over 10 percent between the triplets they tested. That is not a small gap. If you were off by 10 percent on a DNA test, you could technically be a mouse." Gold.
 
2018-03-02 08:54:24 AM  
Nothing weird.

The majority of my DNA was from the parts of Europe that I expected, based on where my great-great-grandparents came from, with variations that are consistent with migrations in recorded history. (If people from A invaded B in the 11th century, by the 20th century, everybody in B is going to be a little bit A-ese. That sort of thing. So you're going to be a little Scandinavian if you're from the UK, you're going to be a little bit Greek if you're from southern Italy, etc.)

If my ancestors did anything untoward in the hay loft, they kept it in their ethnic group.
 
2018-03-02 08:54:33 AM  
2% Neanderthal was a surprise.
 
2018-03-02 08:57:42 AM  
My brother was going through a family history phase, so I got him one. Turns out that the family history we were told was pretty much confirmed. Nothing exciting or exotic.

Slightly higher neanderthal than average, but that was it.
 
2018-03-02 09:09:02 AM  

Mentat: Even though my family is originally from Germany, their DNA is mostly British/Scots/Irish.


If you're of Saxon ancestry, how would you tell the difference?
 
2018-03-02 09:11:02 AM  
Yup.  Both parents, and they got totally into it, so my mom got them for her brothers, as well.  Nothing surprising.  I was honestly more interested when we got the dog's DNA done.
 
2018-03-02 09:13:17 AM  

maddog2030: 2% Neanderthal was a surprise.


Yeah, I thought it would be more.
 
2018-03-02 09:14:37 AM  
I'm afraid to in case I find out I'm part of a ethnic group I don't like.  I already hate myself enough.
 
2018-03-02 09:15:39 AM  

sno man: They are about as accurate as the ones for dogs. And largely based on bullshiat and promises.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scien​ce/science-news/9912822/DNA-ancestry-t​ests-branded-meaningless.html

http://www.cracked.com/personal-experi​ences-2522-inside-shady-world-dna-test​ing-companies.html
Yea, it's Cracked, but it's good bullet point stuff with solid links.: " Inside Edition found differences of over 10 percent between the triplets they tested. That is not a small gap. If you were off by 10 percent on a DNA test, you could technically be a mouse." Gold.


I think that depends on how you voted the last election.

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2018-03-02 09:16:26 AM  
I got that done and reaffirmed the knowledge that I am the WHITEST person I know.  After many generations in the world's "Melting Pot", not even a swirl of caramel, just plain vanilla.  I was so disappointed.
 
2018-03-02 09:17:47 AM  

Lorenzo Von Matterhorn: I'm afraid to in case I find out I'm part of a ethnic group I don't like.  I already hate myself enough.


I found out I'm Fred Trump's illegitimate love child so I just let it go.
 
2018-03-02 09:23:56 AM  

sno man: http://www.cracked.com/personal-exper​i​ences-2522-inside-shady-world-dna-test​ing-companies.html
Yea, it's Cracked, but it's good bullet point stuff with solid links.: " Inside Edition found differences of over 10 percent between the triplets they tested. That is not a small gap. If you were off by 10 percent on a DNA test, you could technically be a mouse." Gold.


They seem remarkably casual about fraudulently changing results.
 
2018-03-02 09:24:28 AM  

Gubbo: Slightly higher neanderthal than average, but that was it.


So, like, it was standing on a box?
 
2018-03-02 09:25:12 AM  

Ambivalence: I got that done and reaffirmed the knowledge that I am the WHITEST person I know.  After many generations in the world's "Melting Pot", not even a swirl of caramel, just plain vanilla.  I was so disappointed.


Vanilla? Vanilla bean? Homestyle vanilla? French vanilla?
 
2018-03-02 09:25:33 AM  
I took one and it was mostly as expected, except for one thing.  I was always told that we had an American Indian ancestor, great great grandparent if a recall correctly. Turns out that I do not have any trace of that lineage.
 
2018-03-02 09:26:07 AM  

Ambivalence: I got that done and reaffirmed the knowledge that I am the WHITEST person I know.  After many generations in the world's "Melting Pot", not even a swirl of caramel, just plain vanilla.  I was so disappointed.


Yeah but think of how jealous all those White Nationalists would be to get those results.
 
2018-03-02 09:26:25 AM  
I sent my DNA to one of those outfits a while ago to learn my family tree.  They sent back a bag of seeds with a note "start over".
 
2018-03-02 09:34:45 AM  
i found out i'm ~1/128 south asian
 
2018-03-02 09:37:43 AM  
Don't they own your DNA once you send it in? Probably BS but I don't want to be cloned and be in some kind of Black Mirror nightmare.
 
2018-03-02 09:38:59 AM  
My DNA contains traces of both Bigfoot DNA and Alien DNA. Blue alien, not grey.
 
2018-03-02 09:43:35 AM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: i found out i'm ~1/128 south asian


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What someone who's a little asian might look like.
 
2018-03-02 09:43:57 AM  
faking Genghis Khan.
 
2018-03-02 09:45:04 AM  
Both my adopted kids have had it done since we really didn't know much about their background.  I had thought that #2 son might be part Samoan rather than Black, but it turns out he's from Africa.

Most amusing bit?  I ran both kids through the Promethease database and got back a pile of information, including the info that #2 son had two copies of an allele linked to being waking earlier than normal.  This is absolutely true- wife, #1 son and I are all night people, and he wakes up at the crack of dawn.  When he was 4-5 years old and just wanted to play it was brutal on Saturdays.
 
2018-03-02 09:45:24 AM  
My sister is into this stuff and, oddly enough, my results came in today. I'm half German and 67%
neanderthal (well, it said 67% of something to do with neanderthals, that's good enough for me).

 I look at this type of DNA testing the same way I look at astrology, just pleasant malarkey.
 
2018-03-02 09:46:08 AM  

toejam: Don't they own your DNA once you send it in? Probably BS but I don't want to be cloned and be in some kind of Black Mirror nightmare.


Yes.  There is a clear shortage of humans on the planet.  They are totally into cloning *you,* you amazing example of humanity, all posting on Fark on a Friday morning...
 
2018-03-02 09:49:21 AM  

Atomic Jonb: maddog2030: 2% Neanderthal was a surprise.

Yeah, I thought it would be more.


That's about right if you're white- most Europeans are around 2%.   I've always gotten a kick out of the fact that for all the racial purity bullshiat, Africans have little to no Neandertal ancestry while Caucasians have the most
 
2018-03-02 09:49:58 AM  
My family tree has no branches.
 
2018-03-02 09:51:18 AM  
I'm so pale you can hide me naked in a snowbank. Mine came up with bits all around the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent. My ancestors were apparently both hookers and sailors.
 
2018-03-02 09:51:29 AM  
My parents did, not sure which company.

My dad's results were not surprising, as we have comprehensive genealogy for 200 years and pretty good info for another 200 before that.

My mother's came up with 3% sub-Saharan Africa.  There was supposedly some Cherokee blood on her side; I guess "Indian" was an acceptable euphemism for "former slave" 150 years ago.
 
2018-03-02 09:51:46 AM  

Master Chemist: My family tree has no branches.


Appalachian, eh?
 
2018-03-02 09:53:40 AM  
Buddy's sister tried it, expecting some Mediterranean results (they have little family knowledge to go on and just assumed italian).  Turns out she 3/4 arab/persian whatever.  Her fox-news style facebook posts changed quite a bit after that. lol
 
2018-03-02 09:54:18 AM  

BooksontheBrain: I'm so pale you can hide me naked in a snowbank. Mine came up with bits all around the Mediterranean, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent. My ancestors were apparently both hookers and sailors.


There were Vikings who settled in Sicily.
 
2018-03-02 09:54:39 AM  

MissFeasance: toejam: Don't they own your DNA once you send it in? Probably BS but I don't want to be cloned and be in some kind of Black Mirror nightmare.

Yes.  There is a clear shortage of humans on the planet.  They are totally into cloning *you,* you amazing example of humanity, all posting on Fark on a Friday morning...


Wow. What's with the vitriol?
 
2018-03-02 09:55:05 AM  

MissFeasance: toejam: Don't they own your DNA once you send it in? Probably BS but I don't want to be cloned and be in some kind of Black Mirror nightmare.

Yes.  There is a clear shortage of humans on the planet.  They are totally into cloning *you,* you amazing example of humanity, all posting on Fark on a Friday morning...


What, you think Charlie Brooker just makes it all up. Don't be so naive :)
 
2018-03-02 10:08:58 AM  
I haven't done it but they did trace my uncle as far as the Mexican border.
 
2018-03-02 10:09:57 AM  
Found out I was Czekloslovakian and Yugoslavian.

I disappeared sometime around 1993.
 
2018-03-02 10:10:04 AM  

oldernell: I haven't done it but they did trace my uncle as far as the Mexican border.


Did you give him some water?
 
2018-03-02 10:13:02 AM  

Gubbo: Ambivalence: I got that done and reaffirmed the knowledge that I am the WHITEST person I know.  After many generations in the world's "Melting Pot", not even a swirl of caramel, just plain vanilla.  I was so disappointed.

Yeah but think of how jealous all those White Nationalists would be to get those results.


At least that would be more interesting than an entire genealogy of "this white guy married this white girl and had children".  You think about all the people who had ancestors who were "passing" or just said "to hell with the rest of y'all, I'm marrying this black person". That's brave, that's exciting.  Hell even a Chinese railroad worker knocking up a frontier prostitute in my family tree would have been interesting.  But no, nothing.  White people ALLLLLL the way down.
 
2018-03-02 10:14:24 AM  

Interceptor1: My sister is into this stuff and, oddly enough, my results came in today. I'm half German and 67%
neanderthal (well, it said 67% of something to do with neanderthals, that's good enough for me).

 I look at this type of DNA testing the same way I look at astrology, just pleasant malarkey.


The results seem to almost always come back matching what the dna donor believes they will. You get the "i was told my great great grandfather was Native American but it didn't show up" from time to time, but I think if you don't have unreasonably expectations, it does what it's supposed to for the most part.
 
2018-03-02 10:18:45 AM  
I was told by my mom my great grandma was 100% cherokee my whole life yet when i took the dna test im 99% european (german/english) and 1% african. Me thinks grandma claimed native american cause it was better then being black in 1900s Kentucky.
 
2018-03-02 10:22:38 AM  
I'm adopted so didn't have any blood relatives to work from, but I figured all my ancestors were from somewhere between Glasgow and Moscow.  And I was pretty much right.

The 3% Asian part was a surprise.  It's the Caucasus region, but still.  Generally, I'm about a quarter Scandinavian, Western European and Eastern European each, and about 25% slut for the rest.  Italian / Greek at 8% was a bit of a surprise too.
 
2018-03-02 10:26:56 AM  

Ambivalence: I got that done and reaffirmed the knowledge that I am the WHITEST person I know.  After many generations in the world's "Melting Pot", not even a swirl of caramel, just plain vanilla.  I was so disappointed.


You're disappointed to be white?
That's so pathetic.
 
2018-03-02 10:27:17 AM  

Subtonic: Buddy's sister tried it, expecting some Mediterranean results (they have little family knowledge to go on and just assumed italian).  Turns out she 3/4 arab/persian whatever.  Her fox-news style facebook posts changed quite a bit after that. lol


There's been trade across the Mediterranean going back millennia, so that shouldn't be a shock. Plus, there was an Emirate of Sicily that lasted about 200 years.
 
2018-03-02 10:33:46 AM  
Almost exclusively British Ilses and Scandinavia, with a dollop of Germanic.
 
2018-03-02 10:48:18 AM  

toejam: Don't they own your DNA once you send it in? Probably BS but I don't want to be cloned and be in some kind of Black Mirror nightmare.


Yes they do, they also probably own the rights to your family members DNA now as well.
Read the EULA before you do this, you may change your mind.
 
2018-03-02 10:54:04 AM  
I honestly don't understand the relevance of this.

I assume the majority of my ancestors were human.

Likely born on earth.

They lived, procreated, and died. I am here now.
 
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