A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]A study released today by the esteemed Holcombe Institute reveals that people who engage in genealogical research for at least 30 minutes a day live up to ten years longer than people who perform no daily research, but instead smoke three or more packs of cigarettes.
The outcome came as a shock to lead researcher Dr. Nigel Wyckoff.
"The correlation is truly remarkable," he said at a hastily arranged news conference. "There can be no clearer proof of the positive health effects of genealogy than this."
"Don't believe it," responded consumer activist Carol Paulsen. "Scientists will prove whatever they're paid to prove. It wouldn't surprise me if Wyckoff and his crew were deep in the pocket of some genealogy conglomerate."
When confronted with this accusation, Dr. Wyckoff conceded that his study was financed by a grant from genealogy giant Ancestry.com. Still, he insisted that his conclusions are sound.
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