Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's All Relative

Now this has to be the strangest thing I've heard in a very long time ... it turns out that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are distant relatives of US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ... like, seriously. Brad is a distant cousin of Barack and Angelina is a distant relative of Hillary ... who is also related to Madonna. Pretty on the Outside has worked up a couple of amazing photo composites of Brangelina lookin' more like their distant relatives:

Photo credit: Pretty On The Outside

Presidential candidates don't just have star supporters – they have celebrity cousins! Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society discovered that Barack Obama is distant cousins with Brad Pitt and Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, and Celine Dion. Obama ... is also distantly related to six presidents, including George W. Bush. Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769, the researchers found. Clinton ... and Jolie, meanwhile, are ninth cousins, twice removed because they are both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.

Hahahahaha ... this is so odd. I mean, it makes sense that this far down the family tree we'd discover that various celebs are related to one another but to find out that Brad and Angelina are each related to the opposing Democratic candidates running for president is just really weird. Props to David from Pretty on the Outside for creating such amazing pics to go with this strange tale. [Source, Source]