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This reminds me of one of David Weber's book where the moon is really a giant spaceship with a thin layer of rock over the top to camouflage it. As I recall the original moon was dropped into the sun. Nobody noticed the switch since this happened long before humans were around.
I so frequently see people who remind me of someone else. Similar facial features/hair/skin coloring/etc. It would be interesting to have it run thru millions of faces and group them by similarity to see if there is a sort of finite number of different face "types". Also, it would be fun to give it a photo of my face and find my doppelgangers.
How old are you? If you seriously think that the state of the USA now and the state of the USSR then are in any way analogous makes me think you can't be very old. And, the fact that you called it Russia and not the USSR makes me doubly think you are a young one. Were you even born when the Berlin Wall came down?
I'm trying to figure out what part you are surprised at. That the mormons are interested in genealogy? No surprise there. That DNA is being used for genealogy purposes? No surprise there. That Ancestry.com, a genealogy company that has a history of buying up other genealogy companies, would want to get into the genealogy DNA business thru an acquisition? No surprise there. The only thing I can think of that would surprise you is that people were willing to pay somewhere around $100 to a non-profit to have their DNA sequenced to learn more about their probable ancestry. I don't need to pay anyone $100 for that. I can just look at my skin color and get a pretty good idea of what part of the world my ancestors came from.
Before Obama I thought anyone who didn't have the name of Bush or Clinton would be a good choice (dynasty issues). Apparently it is not enough to elect someone with a different last name than Bush or Clinton. The only sensible choice is to elect someone without a last name. Which one of these would you vote for? President Gaga. President Madonna. President the Artist formerly known as Prince. President Xzibit. President [Your Choice].
This. This is the main reason I don't use any sort of social media. The secondary reason is it just seems like such a waste of time. I hardly have time to do everything I need to do in my own life, how could I possibly find time to read about what others are doing in their lives?
Yes, the only one in my neighborhood who has installed solar panels is also the poorest family in the neighborhood. The main reason they did it is because they didn't have to pay anything, and they are hoping that it will help lower their electricity bill.
Other than advice, why don't you tell her about yourself? What are your memories growing up? How did you and your wife meet (you wife can tell her, but you will have a different side of the story)? What do you remember about the day she was born? What memories stand out from when she was growing up? What are your happiest memories? What are things you are glad you did? Etc. Even if she doesn't appreciate them, your potential future grand-children might.