The details of my life are quite inconsequential.... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilmer ritualistically shaved my testicles — there really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's breathtaking... I suggest you try it.
OT: MGoBoard's Ethnicities
I had that about half typed in, then decided it's nobody's damn business. Nice though, seems we are related.
Do you mean your genealogy is nobody's business? I honestly did not intend to be intrusive with the question. Just curious. Very sorry if the topic is over the line.
It was in response to Shock's Austin Powers quote. I was typing the same thing, then decided to change it. I was kidding about the nobody's business part. :P
I just about spit my sprite thru my nose...DAMM GOOD WORK!
I was thinking the same thing. lol... referencing Austin Powers always good.
Very funny but I am just curious, is this something that you remembered off the top of your head (like you have seen the movie that many times) or was there some ultra cool web site that has funny dialouges and monolouges like this in text form?
German/Slavic. Sadly, I have no story.
100% Greek, no impurities. Interestingly enough, my family is from the region around Sparta, which would make me a true blooded Spartan. This makes it sometimes difficult to cheer against Michigan State...ok, not really. But I did beat my chest pretty hard when 300 came out.
I like to spell his first name baROCK!
Well, I know my mother's side is 100% Dutch. I am 5 generations removed from the boat. Whatever that means. My father's side is 50% Scottish, 50% Scandanavian(sp?). It is interesting to hear the stereotypes of these and then reflect upon how I fit or don't fit that mold. Being a lot Dutch, I am taller, stockier but NOT tight with my money. I have the Scottish temper along with a mild addictive personality.(That is a Scottish trait, right?) And for the Scandanavian in me I have blonde hair and love beng on a boat.
If the Scottish and Dutch were more balanced I might have been a DI athlete.
You can designate the specific member of the United Kingdom, but can't pick out which of 5 countries you come from? Does this reflect a mutt-type Scandinavian heritage.
I was born in Sweden and come from a long line of Swedes. Supposedly, the family tree has been traced back to vikings, and they too lived in Sweden. Seeing as Sweden has really never been conquered, but rather did its fair share of conquering in the good ol' days, I consider myself pretty pure-blooded. Not that it matters, but yeah.
Do you have a hot sister?
He has a sister. I've never met her, but from picture I don't think she's hot, no offense man. She has a baby though, who I assure you is adorable.
I heard some radio guy — Limballs or something — say the other day Sweden was under the oppressive thumb of socialism and that awful national medical care system was running people's lives. Looks like your Vikings couldn't get it done.
I never knew much history of the Swedes until recently reading about Charles the XII and his conquests and wars, very impressive and driven man.
mostly english, scots, irish, with german, danish, dutch, swiss thrown in. apparently my ancestors would screw anybody as long as they were white, very pale, and ate foul-smelling cheese.
They also love beng on a boat, but beng wouldn't love them back. bastard.
Irish/English/Scottish. I am very pale.
Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, French, Dutch, and German. My Daughter also has African and American Indian. We side with everyone.Or as the Irish Folk song says about the boy in the midst of a catholic/protestant family fight "me being strictly neutral I bashed everyone in sight"
Typical story...descendant of slaves. However my ancestors are/were quite prominent on the Island of Jamaica. I believe they even own slaves.
Talkabout selling out your own...
I'm hoping they don't still own slaves, cause that's like superduper illegal now.
Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish, German...My grandmother claimed we were descended from President James Monroe, but I highly doubt that...Judging from my family's hair, one of our Welsh ancestors may have been a sheep.
I am white, from the Whiteville section of West Whiteland. My ancestors and my liver are German. My language is not.
Three of Dad's Grandparents were Dutch immigrants, one Scot. Three of Mom's Grandparents were Bohemian immigrants, one was here since his ancestors came from England at least since 1700.
My earliest ancestors in North America came here from England around 1650, they had sided with Cromwell in the English Civil War and when he died and King Charles or James came back to the throne they had to flee.
Hmmm, there was quite the upheaval after that. Interesting. Yeah my grndfather did a genealogy (sp?) thing and traced us back to a guy who died in Massachusetts in the early 1700's so I have no clue how far back I go.
Irish, German, French, Swedish, Native American....the list goes on, but I forget the rest sometimes....my father once tried to throw Canadian in there. I tried to explain to him that is like if I moved to Boston, then claimed Chicagoan as my ethnicity. It was good for a laugh.
like others, a mutt.
German/Lithuanian on one side, Scots on the other. I relate mostly to the Scots side, because as we all know by now- if it's not Scottish, it's crap.
My forefathers are all angry people who ate anything stuffed into an animal casing.
Same here. For all three.
apparently my ancestors on my dad's side were priests, and my ancestors on my mother's side were mafia.
A mix of rocket fuel, lit matches, and "levitation dust" - oh wait, I'm describing Jeremy Gallon in the open field.
As for me, mostly Irish, some German, ton of booze.
My mom is half German and half Polish.
My dad is three-quarters Irish and one-quarter French.
I think the Irish side is from the County Cork part of Ireland. When you google my last name, a lot of folks from that area pop up. If you go back about 1200 years I think it actually becomes Scandinavian of some kind, but whatever.
The Polish side is also actually French - they were Huguenots that got religiously persecuted out of France in the 1500's and found their way to Poland and I guess eventually became Catholic anyway.
It's the French side that's most interesting though. Some ancestor of mine, a grandfather with a lot of greats in front, was part of the Cadillac expedition that founded Detroit. Also, when I looked at a very extensive family tree going about that far back that involved a lot of convoluted relations of mine like fourth cousins five times removed and great-great-great-great-great uncles and stuff, there are lot of names on there like Gratiot and Beaubien and other names you'd recognize if you drove down I-94 in Detroit and looked at the signs on the overpasses. So that's kind of exciting.
Irish/German/French on my Mom's side and Polish/German/Hungarian on my Dad's side.
I'm Berber, the native people of North Africa
My father's side of the family was German, with a smattering of Irish and Scots. Apparently one of my ancestors was a Hessian who jumped ship during the revolutionary war. There were plenty of other Germans after that, according to one of my father's cousins.
My mother's family has historically consisted of Irish men who marry English women.
Pretty much every time somebody in Europe decided to harass their Jews, I got an ancestor: Poland 1919, Lithuania 1925, Germany 1890s, and one line from Eastern France with a German name that somehow makes me related to Sam Bernstein (of the 1-800-CALL variety).
However, we traced my family name through my father, my father's father, etc., expecting to find -- like almost every other Jew in America -- that it had been Anglicized at Ellis Island from something else. Not so. My Great Great Great Great Grandfather crossed into the United States early in the 19th century from Sault Ste. Marie, enlisting in 1813. Who knows where he came from before that -- most likely England, given the English name, and the fact that a lot of British sailors back then were known to go American since our Navy was a whole heck of a lot nicer to be in than theirs. On the other hand, these guys often changed their names when they did that as well, so there the bread trail ends.
I am Afghan, nuff said.
Michael: I am going to donate to Afghanistanis with AIDS.
Jim: Oh, I think you mean the Aid to Afghanistan.
Michael: No, I mean Afghanistanis with AIDS.
Michael: That's a dog.
Pam: No, that's afghan.
Michael: That's a shawl.
Dwight: Wait, canine AIDS?
Michael: No, humans with AIDS.
Creed: Who has AIDS?
Jim: Guys, the Afghanistananis.
LOL the office is the shit
Lithuanian/Cossack on one side, English/Irish on the other
As a result, I balance my imperialist ambitions with drunken nomadic mysticism
I'm mostly English with some German thrown in. Lots of fun English surnames on my mom's side -- names like Goodenough, Olney and Spicer.
Persian. My folks immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1975, several years prior to the revolution. When things took a turn for the worse, they stayed, and somehow the clan ended up in Michigan.
By the way, this is a great OT question. This makes the long off season feel not so bad.
Virginian by the grace of God. Y'all.
I'm the descendent of Polish Nobility (Insert Polish Joke), and German
100%. we're everywhere. naturalized citizen.
100% Jordanian neighbor. Both sides of my fam are descendants of the ancient arab Ghassanids of the Levant and as far as I've been able to trace, haven't migrated from this region since my parents and their siblings moved to the US in the 1970s.
German peasants on my Dad's side, through Ellis island. Home area obliterated when given to Poland after WWI. Prussian grandfather on mother's side . . . he was a pilot w/ Luftwaffe in WWI, then lived with Lindberg in the States. Dutch in remaining branch . . . slave owners et al in KY, have visited great, great, great, great grandfather's grave on a hilltop in western KY, dob 1780, death 1848.
Agree that it's fascinating. Spent a month in Vienna a couple years ago, and enjoyed visiting with a cousin of my wife, an Austrian who has tracked things back to Slovenia a good ways back.
Most mind-boggling experience was spending 6mo in Korea. Visited friends far in the south, near Pusan. This family lived in the same house about 200 years, same valley about 500 years. We just don't have that kind of rootedness and history.
I'm obviously a jungle chop. Jungle chop is an obscure nickname for Brazilians and is not considered offensive. It comes from the slightly more well known nickname from Portuguese people, pork chops.
half indonesian, half australian.
I have mainly German and Sweed in me, so when I see a good looking woman I ask her if she would like some German and Sweed in her too.
from kuwait..just went to michigan for college....have a feeling this question will be asked next offseason...and every offseason after that
"of the rock" (roughly translated). My grandparents came over the water just prior to the glorious French defeat of the Nazis in WW2. Wait, it didn't happen that way?
It is an ethnicity. According to the 1990 census (i believe) many--I can't remember the exact number, respondents listed American as their ethnicity.
In grad school I had to do a paper on this junk. I asked my parents--they both replied, American. My fathter, a Marine in WW2--stated,I fought for America so I am an American. Doesn't matter where my ancestors were from.
My mother concurred. Well, not about the WW2 thing.
So, I am American.
Git 'er done!
It's not really an ethnicity (except for Native Americans, I suppose); it's a nationality. But a lot of people who don't know or care about their family origins like to put it down on their census forms. It's believed that the large majority of people who put "American" down as their ethnicity are of British ancestry.
in that order.
Dutch, German, British and American Indian.
There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.
My mother's parents were second generation immigants from Scotland and England.
My father completed a thorough genealogy. He knew his parents had left the Mennonite church and were from Western Ohio. What he found was that their group of Mennonites originated in Liechtenstein (a tiny country that France and Germany took turns conquering for much of known history). This group left Liechtenstein to avoid religious persecution in the early 1600's and immigrated to Sweeden. They stayed about 50 years before again being persecuted and immigrating to America around 1650 where they were the first settlers of Western Ohio. This group was so closed to outside influence that my grandmother grew up speaking mainly German more than 250 years after her ancesters left Liechtenstein.
In order to clease herself of her Ohio roots, my grandmother completed her M.S. at UoM in the 1940's.
Going back three or four generations, English and Polish on my mother's side, and German and Italian on my father's side. World War II rages inside me every day.
But, still, AMERICAN.
grandparents (as well as myself) are all from New Joisey.
1/2 irish, 3/8 polish, and 1/8th lithuanian.
now residing in fukuoka, japan.
Irish/Italian best of both worlds
OH and other chris: Is southern really an ethnicity? I thought it was a common race, religious group or national background.
Ethnicity has nothing to do with religion. You can experience a religious conversion, but your ethnicity will be unchanged. You can't change where your ancestors came from and the genes they passed on to you.
Religion's definition gets blurry outside the Christian and Muslim worlds. Is religion about faith? What about those religions that de-emphasize faith in favor of traditions? What about those that de-emphasize traditions and faith and focus on making religion a vehicle for understanding/education?
And what about those whose religion is also a nationality, or vice-versa?
Judaism is, in some ways, a lot more like an ethnicity than a "religion," since aside from certain core principles that define the religion as "Jewish," there is an entire body of Diaspora culture (as well as a connection to a Jewish state) that binds the religion together. By converting to Judaism, even though the emphasis might be on faith and study during the conversion, the convert, in associating with other Jews, would find him or herself thrust into ethnic behaviors -- examples: use of Yiddish in plain speech, conservative mode of dress, etc. -- which are Jewish ethnic norms but not religious ones.
Your definition seems closer, actually, to "race" than "ethnicity," but there you open a whole 'nother can of worms. For example, people of the Levant (Western Middle East) are the genetic product of a racial crossroads between European, Asian and African that is likely older than modern humans. Where does that racial ethnic group end, then? Where does any racial group end, then, when the places between the races are shades rather than lines?
Genes play a big factor in personality, but it's my understanding that personality genes are so spread throughout humanity at large that actual, physical personality differences between races are so miniscule as to be nigh impossible to identify. Whether someone will be naturally mean, or reserved, or playful, or book-smart can be determined by genetics to a degree, but there isn't a difference between races as to which one or the other any given individual may be, and there's so much variation of this that you're not even likely to get the same personality type in your direct offspring. Rather, nurture seems to be the thing that's hardest for adults to shake off.
That and another loss to the Buckeyes.
...is Hungarian for Hungarian.
According to the Onion, we have the most porn stars per capita.
50% some sort of African, I don't know my dad and cannot say which country.
My folks were both born south of the border (I don't need to clarify what border, right?) while I was born here in Flint. The poor town has gone downhill ever since, connection?
Ugh, your parents are from Ohio? Yuck.