Dating my cousin jokes

Third and fourth cousin marriages are the, quote, “best of both worlds.” They’re breakfast food for dinner.

You avoid the inbreeding risks of closer cousins, but your genes are close enough that they naturally work well together.

It’s the child of one of your parents’ second cousins.

(Your fourth cousin only shares your great great great grandparents.) There’s a good chance you have third and fourth cousins you’ve never even met. Look, there are some low cards in that deck, but the point stands.

(As I’m writing this, I couldn’t name a single one of my third or fourth cousins. — 11 State Laws About Marrying Your Cousins, From Strictest to Loosest Oedipal Arrangements: Are You Attracted to Your Mother-in-Law?

Not that I want to marry any of them, I promise; just to illustrate the point.) You may’ve accidentally dated one already.

That’s enough distance that the old joke “you’d save money on wedding invites if you married your cousin” barely rings true; the overlap probably isn’t that significant. Go track down your third or fourth cousin and go out for a cuisine that doesn’t match your heritage (just to avoid potentially awkward conservations about old family recipes).

That being said, your third or fourth cousins are juuust close enough that dating one will be at least a somewhat rebellious gesture against your parents — it’s “best of both worlds” in that way too. And finally, here are some notable people who’ve married their third cousins: John Adams… Charles Darwin’s grandparents (and then Darwin married his first cousin)… My name is West, and I am now 20 years old, though this story takes place when I was younger.It wasn’t the best way to present the material (it was back when I turned everything into 11-item lists only, even if it didn’t fit quite right), but it became quite popular.And for the 7 years since, thousands of people still read it every month.The researchers found your third or fourth cousin isn’t just safe to marry — they’re your ideal partner.

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