Turns out cousin-marrying isn't as bad for your genetic destiny as all those inbred, hemophiliac royals make it seem. Pajamas Media columnist Dr. Helen Smith says: "While you may get some weird looks from people if you tell them you married your cousin, it seems that you are in good company," as both Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin married their cousins. The rate of birth defects is only slightly higher among cousin marriages — children of non-related people have a 2-3% of having children with defects, while related couples have a 4-6% of producing children with defects — and 26 states allow firsts cousins to marry. So the next time you get all turned on at a family reunion, you can comfort yourself with the statistic that 1 in 1,000 Americans marries his cousin, which is something you'll probably have to tell all your friends when they're grossed out that you're doing your relatives.
[Pajamas Media]