Luke, I Am Your Cousin

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Luke, I Am Your Cousin

by Eowyn Langholf

With the release of the latest Star Wars film tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how Luke (Mark Hamill) is connected to others in the galaxy.  

"Luke and Leia"

Not quite siblings, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are 17th cousins 3 times removed.  They connect through his father's line and her mother's.  No Jedi in the connection path but there IS a Knight.  

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"Luke and Han"

Not quite kissing cousins, but Harrison is Mark's 8th great aunt's husband's fifth great nephew's wife's niece's husband's great niece's husband.  Maybe not a close enough connection to get cocky over but hey, everyone needs a scoundrel in the family. 

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"Luke and Kylo"

While they are uncle and nephew in the movies, Mark Hamill and Adam Driver have a far, far away kind of connection in real life.  Adam is Mark's first cousin 8 times removed's wife's first cousin's husband's first cousin 6 times removed.  Adam may not rank high enough in the family tree to get a Happy Holidays card this year, but it's pretty cool to note that they connect through the Starr family. 

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"Luke and Yoda"

Tried to find a closer connection, failed we did.  Frank Oz is Mark's 6th great aunt's 6th great nephew's ex-wife's sister's ex-husband's brother.  It's not quite 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon but there is a Bacon in their connection path and really, can you go wrong when there's Bacon involved?  (Plus, there is a Stokes.  Which is practically like Snoke, right? No? Okay.) 

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Mark and George

So maybe he isn't Luke's father, but George Lucas IS the father (godfather?) of the Star Wars galaxy we all love.  George is also Mark's first cousin thrice removed's husband's second great grandmother's husband's first cousin's wife's 7th great nephew. 

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That's all we've got time for today, cousins.  We've got to go into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.   If you liked this, follow our blog and stay tuned for more fun connection posts like this one! 

 

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Connection images courtesy of Geni.com

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St Patrick’s Day Quiz: 17 questions to test your Irishness

St Patrick’s Day Quiz: 17 questions to test your Irishness

Do you have a genuine claim to citizenship, or are you as Irish as soda bread biscotti?

Originally published by Jennifer O'Connell in The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has announced a referendum will be held on extending voting rights in presidential elections to the Irish abroad – an announcement that is not without logistical implications. As Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh has warned, figuring out who is potentially eligible to vote would be a “massive piece of work”. In the interest of expediting the process, here are 17 scientifically robust and deadly serious questions we might consider posing to the non-resident Irish, to help determine whether their claim to citizenship is genuine, or whether they are as Irish as soda bread biscotti and Michael Flatley. 

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