Jul 9th 2010 By Kristin Romey
Conveniently timed with the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
," some industrious genealogists discovered
that (kind-of) vampire star Robert Pattinson
is related to the notorious Vlad "Dracula" the Impaler
Basically, Pattinson's family is related to the British royal family by a marriage in the 16th century. In turn, the British royal family can claim descent
from Dracula's brother Vlad IV. Essentially, Dracula is Queen Elizabeth's 14th great-uncle.
(The British royals are also related
to an even more torture-minded Slav, Elizabeth Bathory
. So that gory scene in "Hostel II
" where Heather Matarrazzo
is bled like a stuck pig? You have Prince Harry's great-great-great-twice-removed-something-or-other to thank for that.)
Thing is, regarding the Pattinson-Dracula connection, we're not talking about blood relatives here. So if "related to" doesn't necessarily mean "shares DNA with," all bets are off. Half of the U.S. presidents can claim
a relation to British royalty, from George Washington to George W. Bush.
Keep reading to see other notables connected to Dracula via the British royal family
General Robert E. Lee
The Marquis de Sade
The Red Baron
Lawrence of Arabia
If you really
want to put the fun in your family tree, consider this: One genealogist estimates
in the West is descended from Charlemagne
. Therefore, you can probably claim that you're "related" to Dracula -- though you'd also be "related" to Ted Bundy, Megan Fox
and, alas, the CEO of BP. Oh, and the person you're sleeping with. Sicko.
Kristin Romey is an anthropologist and explorer who funds her expeditions by writing about freaky science and history for the Asylum crowd.