Sunday, August 14, 2005

This should hack off those zero-population-growth people!

I needed a break, so I took the Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Test. It's based on a study (or a stud-y) that indicates that 32 generations after his lifetime, Ol' Genghis has some 16 million descendents. That's roughly three times the population of the state I live in, or two-thirds as many people as my kids have excuses for not doing the dishes.

I knew a guy with six-and-a-fraction kids, a religious objection to birth control, and a gorgeous wife was likely to have a lot of descendents, but this is more than I had banked on. Apparently there's going to be a lot of people out there who can blame their physical features on me. Sorry, folks!

656,050 descendants
- you're more genetically fit than 60% of the current population -
656,050. Nice. You're no Mongol warlord, but to have that many copies of your genetic code running around 800 years from now is pretty impressive.

You're not at the top of the scoring spectrum, but, honestly, when you consider that the cheaters, swindlers, and football players of this world are statistically best-equipped to create children, scoring in the middle is something to be proud of. You have the right mixture of attributes. As you'll see below, some of your lines will die out, but your genetic material will thrive here on earth for a long time to come.

A close friend of mine created a program to generate family trees for this test. It's based on your unique answers. We accounted for sterility, birth rates, death rates, disease, drug abuse, nitwitism, and accidents and came up with this, for you:

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on fitnessfactor
Link: The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Test written by gwendolynbooks on Ok Cupid

A/T to Cacciaguida, who will only have 307,570 descendents by that time. Time to get on the stick, if you'll pardon the expression!

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