Indian media, for some reason, are rejoicing that the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William, is 1/256th Indian.
I too rejoiced something about my lineage when I saw this program on National Geographic:
"Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world; according to a recently published genetic study, he may have helped populate it too.
An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry y-chromosomes that are nearly identical. That translates to 0.5 percent of the male population in the world, or roughly 16 million descendants living today..."
"0.5 percent of the male population in the world"? That is 1 in 200...I have a good shot at being a member of that set.
Look at the following picture by one of my favourite artists the late J B Handelsman.
It's actually Mr. Khan, more than Mr. Bonaparte, who should be introduced as having branches in every city and not just the major ones!
Artist: John Bernard "J.B." Handelsman, The New Yorker, January 30 1984