By Melissa Hunter
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon aren't just ex-writing partners and besties, turns out they're cousins too. Tenth cousins once removed, but that's only one step away from being twins separated at birth according to my Life & Style Guide to Sensationalizing Celebrity Gossip.
The New England Genealogical Society discovered this fun little factoid, explaining that Damon and Affleck are both descendants of William Knowlton Jr., a bricklayer who came to the U.S. from England in the 1630s and settled in Ipswich, Mass. Wow, you can't get more WASPy than that.
There's got to be some sort of movie these guys can write about this phenomenon. Maybe William Knowlton Jr., but a humble the bricklayer, is actually a mathematical genius and proves it to all of the snobby Founding Fathers, with the help of his best bro Chuck. Call it "Good Will Knowlton Jr." just for the sake of ridiculous transparency.
The Society then did a little more digging on Mr. Affleck only to discover the guy is related to 16 presidents including Barack Obama. C'mon. For real? Is there a celebrity department of this Genealogy Department? I imagine it all started with Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Ancestry Edition and went from there.
In sum: Before you marry your one true love, check with the New England Genealogical Society, because you more likely than not are fourteenth cousins.