The National Geographic will trace your distant ancestry for you with just a swab of your cheek. If I had a 100 bucks to throw around, I’d totally do it. Supposedly, us Cohn’s have a unique genetic heritage anyhow, so I’m guessing one of the answers they’d give would just be “Mesopotamia.”
Also, if people like reading about science, I highly recommend this blog by Carl Zimmer. His brother Ben also seems to be a linguist, who posts to the ever-entertaining Language Log.
Neil, I’m going to do it! I ordered it and I don’t think I can wait the 8 weeks to find out where on this planet my ancestors have seen. I’m sooooooooooo stoked! Thanks for the link–I ought to check your blog out more often.
Way cool! Knowing you, I don’t find it all that surprising actually. 😛 Let me know what you get back!