What could be better than taking a camping vacation in a campervan? How about taking an extreme camping vacation in an off-road campervan?! This motorhome is making sure that your next outdoor adventure isn’t held back by a lack of roads… Oh no! In fact, you’re going to want to head off the road just to test this beast out.
This off-road campervan, which looks like it could carry you through a zombie apocalypse, is lovingly called Patagonia. Created by Global Expedition Vehicles using a Kenworth K370 lorry chassis, this motorhome is everything we’ve ever dreamed of – and more! Forget peace and love in a VW campervan, this is all about the extreme vacations while also providing luxury and comfort inside.
Just because it looks rough and ready on the outside, don’t expect that to carry on inside. In fact, the Patagonia is fully equipped to offer some serious home comforts on your camping vacation. Inside looks like a modern apartment, with granite worktops in the kitchen and a queen-sized bed to snuggle down in. The dining area even converts into another sleeping area, should you want to bring the children along, too.
And The Rest
It’s not just the luxurious fixtures and fittings that make us want to get our hands on this off-road campervan, however. Global Expedition Vehicles have thought of everything, with specially built windows and doors for security, a diesel generator to power up the aircon, solar panels on the roof to power the inside (including modern USB outlets), a microbiological drinking water filter, and even an attached outdoor grill area. We want it. We want it now!
Of course, this kind of monster vehicle doesn’t come cheap! This version starts at a whopping $465,000 which basically makes it more expensive than most people’s houses. However, you could live in this off-road campervan if you really wanted… You can also choose what truck your motorhome fits on top of if you really want to spice things up. So, do you want a house or do you want this beast of a motorhome? We’re gonna go with the latter.
A simple ancestry DNA test can produce interesting, and often chaotic results. This genetic information can reveal secrets about your ethnicity, relatives, genetic markers, and more. These people did not realize that their entire lives would be changed after taking one of these DNA tests.
Cousin or Son?
Finding a relative through a DNA test is exciting enough, but knowing that you have someone in your home with whom you might share a bond, is different. This family’s adopted son turned out to be a fourth cousin to the parent!
A Happy Surprise
Taking a DNA test is always a gamble. The results of these tests have the ability to bring to light some very dark issues. Fortunately, not all results have negative consequences.
This person found out that they actually had a biological aunt! Though the aunt was the result of her grandfather’s extra-marital affair, the Reddit poster’s grandmother welcomed the aunt as if she were her own biological daughter. This person’s family took what many perceived as a negative thing, and turned it into a beautiful example of unconditional family love.
Only One Sister Knows
Not all DNA tests yield shocking and horrific results. Many of them can bring people together. After believing that he was adopted from several towns over, a man decided to go for a DNA test one day. To his surprise, he discovered a first cousin.
When he finally reached out to her, he found out that he had an almost full family consisting of four sisters and one brother. Sadly, he also got to know that his biological mother had passed. On the bright side, he found a new family.
DNA tests can often reveal stories of betrayal. You might not even have known how twisted your family and heritage were until you get full proof of it. For one woman, a DNA health test brought results she wasn’t expecting. Originally, she had taken the test to check up on possible health concerns.
However, when the results came in, she knew she needed to have a discussion with her mother. After her sister got her DNA test done, it was confirmed that her mother hadn’t been completely honest.
Biological bonds aren’t the only things that link people together, and adopted families are the best proof of that. Some of the best people in the world have had the worst childhoods, but they chose to rise above it all and fill their surroundings with love.
This woman’s grandmother was someone like that. Her mother might have been the worst person on the planet, but her father made up for it with his affection and nurturing. Even after knowing her biological father, the woman kept her adoptive father in her heart.
The 1960s was a difficult era to live in. With religious conservatism being the tool of navigation, people would often prioritize personal opinions over what’s right and what’s wrong. Because of this, many during that time period believed that getting pregnant before marriage was a big deal.
This teen mom had to give up her child after getting pregnant before marriage. She married the man she had the first child with and had three more kids. Her kids found their brother after 55 years and their family was finally complete.
Line of Different Fathers
It’s rare to see a family that’s full of illegitimate children, but it’s always interesting. After taking a DNA test, a clueless person got to know that their biological father differed from the man they had been addressing as “Dad” their whole life.
As if that wasn’t enough, his father also took a DNA test only to learn that his father of 52 years wasn’t his biological parent either. A chain of traumatic events had to be processed by the family.
It’s funny how people always think DNA tests will be a good idea until they get results that leave them sleepless for days. Take this couple for example. They took the “23andMe” test and their results blew their minds. The wife’s result came back with 23% similarity, which is rare for non-family members.
After reaching out to the man, she got to know that he was adopted – another indication that the roots ran deeper. The mother had given up her first son only for the couple to find him years later.
Family reunions are truly the pinnacle of DNA testing success. While it’s common to discover second or third cousins, finding a first cousin is far less common. Many of these children were adopted after being given up.
Women who bear children out of wedlock may prefer surrendering their children for various reasons. Although her biological mother had passed, one woman was able to get in touch with all her half-siblings and cousins. Everyone bonded, and the family realized that they had met a wonderful person.
A Certain Type
A woman discovered that she was a product of an extramarital affair that her mother had. That made her half-siblings with her four siblings. While this is a common phenomenon, what came after left everyone in shock.
The woman’s husband had been married before, and he was married to the daughter of the man who had an affair with the woman’s mother. Technically, the man got separated only to marry his ex-wife’s half-sister. It’s safe to say that the man has a type, regardless of how disturbing it is.
Much Needed Closure
There’s a saying that implies once a cheater, always a cheater. While the validity of this statement cannot be proved in many situations, in this case, it’s extremely accurate. One person discovered they had a half-sister that none of their siblings or mother were aware of.
This wasn’t the first time they had gotten such news as there was already another half-sister in the equation from one of the affairs of the father. Fortunately, the newly discovered ones answered a lot of questions the family had.
Not everyone who is repulsed by a DNA test is trying to hide stories of infidelity. Some are just trying to conceal sensitive information. People debate on whether it’s appropriate to tell adopted children that they aren’t biologically connected to their parents.
Many couples don’t do it at all. A couple was forced to tell the truth after their daughters got them a DNA testing kit as a Christmas present. Although they had decided to take this secret with them to the grave, the cat was out of the bag.
Girl Scout Cookies
We live for stories that are so sweet they may actually rot your teeth. The author’s male cousin found a female cousin through a DNA test.
Their deceased uncle was good friends with the girl’s mother. As the woman wanted a child, the man became a donor and got her pregnant. Miraculously, the female cousin only lived a few blocks away from the man’s mother, who would be her grandmother. The grandma unknowingly used to buy Girl Scout cookies from her own biological granddaughter.
Daughter From a Party
Finding estranged children would certainly be one of the more difficult aspects of DNA testing. Someone’s coworker found a lost daughter he had with a girl he had gone to a party with.
As he was only 17, it’s no surprise that the girl’s mother never reached out to him with that information. In his mid-30s the man now has a family. However, he decided to keep in touch with his daughter whose mother had passed away and who was raised by her grandparents.
Adopted at birth, a woman had her whole life turned upside down when a DNA test proved that she had been living a lie. Although she knew that she was adopted, she missed out on the part where she was Native American.
She always believed that she was Hawaiian, which was later proven wrong. She reached out to a second cousin in hopes of reuniting with her parents. An aunt was kind enough to link her to a possible father. Unfortunately, he had been deported to Guatemala years ago.
What’s the worst part about a DNA test? The possibility that the results will be strong enough to snatch your life’s foundation from you. Therefore, these tests aren’t for everyone, especially not one 45-year-old woman.
She was somewhat relieved that her adoptive father was not her biological one as she always found him a bit awful. However, knowing who her biological father was would be a hard task owing to how sensitive the topic was with her mother. As she wasn’t invested in knowing who her real father was, things got easier.
When DNA testing reveals results that unite estranged families, that’s the happiest moment. A surprise this big isn’t always the best for one’s mental health, but we’re glad this one worked out for this person.
They discovered their real father as well as three half-siblings. Had they been averse to the idea of welcoming a new family into their life, things would be awkward and tense. However, as they communicated with their estranged relatives, things were good for both sides.
We can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the brothers. Although their parents were never officially married, the mother claimed that the two had the same biological father.
The father, however, denied it by claiming that one of the sons was from when the mother had a relationship with her roommate. As the mother pressed on that the man was just her roommate, the truth got blurrier. Unfortunately, the one son never got the parental love he deserved – not from his “pretend” father nor his biological dad.
A cocktail of emotions is released when people find siblings or children through DNA testing. Not everyone is happy to find kids they had once put up for adoption. Children, however, often believe they need closure to move on with their lives.
After her estranged son reached out to her, one woman was not happy as she thought he only wanted to extort her. Turns out, he was significantly wealthier than them. His half-brother did reach out and the two found each other quite similar.
People are complicated. Asking for answers is hard enough, but finding the truth gets harder when the one who has the answers ceases to exist. The author of the post has an uncle who found a brother and sister who had been given up for adoption.
Since the family knew they passed away during childbirth, nobody saw it coming. The grandmother was not there to witness the return of her two surrendered children. As it turned out, she had given up her oldest and youngest child for reasons unknown.
Office romances can be a total whirlwind. When someone suffers in the middle, that’s a problem. A man’s wife learned she was adopted and somehow found her biological mother. That should have been the end of the story, but it got more twisted from there.
The mother’s husband wasn’t the woman’s father. One more ancestry test later, she found out that her father was actually her mother’s boss, who we assume had an extramarital affair with the mother. Perhaps this is why the wife was given up.
A Religious Affair
This DNA test revealed to a person that they were ethnically 25% Ashkenazi Jewish. It took them a tiring eight months of digging to find out that their grandfather was not their father’s biological father.
We’re sure this person was surprised to learn more about his true ancestry and ethnicity. Despite having to learn this from a DNA testing kit, we’re sure that they feel relieved to know their true identity.
Families are often one of the most complicated things. Inappropriate relationships brew between many family members, and in almost all cases they try their best to keep it under wraps. A long-lost relative contacted someone who noted that he was very similar to their father.
The man was adopted and wanted to reconnect with his biological family. One DNA hunt later, it was revealed that he was the result of a relationship between the grandfather and great-aunt. He had been given away for obvious reasons.
Irish or Dutch
For a family that prided themselves in their rich Dutch heritage, the ancestry test results must have been a real bummer. A person’s ex-husband’s family claimed to be amongst the founding families of the historically Dutch Holland, MI.
Unfortunately, their pride wasn’t backed up by the results of a DNA test. These results showed that they came from an English/Irish background – without a shred of Dutch ancestry. Irish people residing in Holland for two to three generations, but only marrying within their Irish circle, doesn’t result in any Dutch heritage.
Corner Store Guy
A biological parent isn’t always the “real” parent. An actual parent would be someone who accepts the child as their own – blood relation or not. Someone’s grandmother got to know that her sisters were actually her half-sisters.
Some more digging later, it was revealed that her biological father was the man who owned the corner store where her mother was an employee. If the woman had a good relationship with the other father these years, he remains her real dad while the other is simply someone who helped birth her.
Extramarital affairs yield children who are often subjected to disrespect and negligence. After an ancestry test, one man learned that his biological father was not the same father as his siblings. To make matters worse, apparently everyone in the family knew.
Much like many families who refuse to accept anyone that isn’t linked to them by blood, this family treated the man and his family as black sheep. Neither the man nor his kids and wife have anything to do with this.
A parent is one who loves you, not one who conceives you. With that being said, it was devastating for people to know that the person they considered their child was not their biological daughter all along.
After a woman discovered that her biological father differed from the man she called dad her whole life, the discovery destroyed the family. The father was naturally heartbroken and completely shocked by the sudden revelation. We only hope the daughter and father stay in touch.
A message came into an MSN column where a man told the story of how he found out about his biological father. After years of getting hefty monetary gifts from a rich uncle, the man found out that the uncle was actually his father through a 23andMe DNA test.
The mother confirmed the information. Seems like the two started their relationship when the woman worked as the Chief Financial Officer for the organization that the man ran. Well, at least the biological father cared enough to send gifts.
Swapped at Birth
Most of these DNA tests start out in good fun – until they’re not. Alice Collins Plebuch was identified as Irish American before a DNA test revealed her DNA was laced with hints of Middle Eastern, European Jewish, and Eastern European genes.
One family-wide DNA testing later, she learned that her dad was not her grandparents’ biological son. Like a cliché movie of the highest order, the parents had brought the wrong baby home. It took one simple mail-in DNA test to solve a mystery of a century.
Whit Johnson, an ABC news correspondent, decided to take a DNA test just because. He already knew that his father was adopted with little to no information about the biological family. Johnson learned that his father had a biological brother.
After retrieving the man’s contact information, Johnson got in touch with him and reunited the long-lost brothers. Although not much was still not known about the parents, at least the brothers met. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Things took an ugly turn for Lydia Fairchild when a DNA test revealed confusing information. With another child on the way, single mom Fairchild decided to apply for government assistance when money got tight. For this, she had to undergo a DNA test to confirm the children were hers.
Shockingly enough, the test results revealed they weren’t. After extensive testing, researchers concluded that Fairchild was a “chimera” – someone who absorbed the DNA of her twin in the womb. It was her twin’s DNA showing up on the test results.
Even though she knew she wasn’t related to her father, Kelli Rowlette decided to dig deeper and find out her true backstory. She knew that her parents had used a donor bank to conceive her.
To her shock, Ancestry.com revealed that the fertility doctor in charge of her parent’s case had used his own genes to impregnate the mother. Understandably traumatized, the woman sued the retired doctor for medical negligence, fraud, emotional distress, battery, and breach of contract.
People want closure at various stages of their lives. Whether it be in their teenage years, or well into the golden days, some would rather like the whole raw truth than decorated fragments of it.
74-year-old Walter McFarlene resorted to the AncestryDNA test to know more about his biological family. His grandmother had raised him, but the details of his family were unclear. MacFarlane learned that Alan Robinson, his long-time friend who lived down the street, was his half-brother. He too had been adopted.
It must have come as a great surprise to Doreen Isherwood and Anne Hall that they possessed a Native American bloodline as their families had never been to America. The British women found out that their ancestors were Native Americans who were brought to the UK centuries ago – perhaps as translators, tribal spokespersons, or slaves.
This kind of linkage is quite rare, and BBC News stated that it’s likely that the Native Americans stayed back in the U.K. and started families there.
The last thing a kid needs is a scandal with their parents. Not only are these experiences extremely traumatic, but they will scar you for your life. Paul McGrath was a reporter for the Houston Chronicle when he uncovered that his mother had been involved in an extramarital relationship when she worked in the Marine Corps.
Dad McGrath was not the biological father. An AncestryDNA test revealed his half-siblings to him – the children of his biological father. His biological father’s name was Domingo Malaquias.
A reproductive and stem cell biologist, George Doe (anonymous) explained the time when he participated in a 23andMe DNA test as a teacher for a genome course.
However, when the results arrived, he was taken on a ride of his own. He clicked on the link that would connect him with other relatives and suddenly stumbled upon someone named Thomas. Thomas shared 22% of the genome with Doe, and it was clear the two had the same father. Needless to say, the father had an affair at some point.
Matt Heninger was adopted as a child and lived a seemingly full life even before he took a DNA test to learn more about his heritage. Heninger had to wait a few months before getting an email which revealed a lot.
Joyce Burgener had contacted him claiming there seems to be a close relationship between the two. After some more digging, it was revealed that the two were siblings. Burgener came from an extremely poor family. She remembered Heninger being born and also that he had given up.
Tracy Melton grew up believing that her biological father had passed away at some point. Curious to know more about her paternal side, Melton did an AncestryDNA test. To her surprise, it was revealed that her dad, Reynaldo Delgado, was still alive.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Melton relocated to Spokane, Washington later. She connected with her father and the two registered that they lived about 12 miles away from each other. Delgado had moved to the state with his wife only three years ago.
Family secrets were easier to keep back in the day. Bob Hutchinson revealed to the New York Times that his mom was constantly secretive about her family and upbringing, ensuring to never give up anything about her biological parents apart from the fact that they were Swedish and Italian.
After he decided to do a mail-order DNA test, he got to know he is one-eighth sub-Saharan African, so his mother was actually mixed race. Perhaps this is why she was so hush-hush about her history.
Neil Schwartzman knew that he was adopted but still chose to do a 23andMe DNA test to know more about his birth parents. He did find his biological sister, who wasn’t aware that her mother had ever surrendered a child. Sadly, this is often the case with many people who give up their kids.
Forbes says that the three had their official meet-up after Schwartzman’s sister asked their mother about the test results. We hope they fixed things and became closer in the process!
It’s not always the unassuming mail-in DNA test that shocks a family to its core – it may also be a court-ordered one. The Grim Sleeper, a gruesome, cold-hearted criminal was identified through DNA he had left behind after committing a crime.
The link arrived through the son, who was told to give DNA evidence as he had committed a felony. Detectives grabbed a sample of the man’s DNA from some leftover pizza and it became the first familiar DNA arrest in California.
Marion Cohen, a woman who identified as African-American, took the help of Kin Finder, LLC to know more about her past. From the results, she discovered that she is 70% white and that her father was not actually her biological father.
The biological dad was white. When her mother was pregnant with her, it was illegal for a white man and black woman to marry in the state of Virginia — her home state. The couple separated and the mother married Cohen, an African-American man.
Adopting a child from another country is a big step for many parents. This family was kind enough to open their hearts and home to a young Chinese girl. They soon learned some very interesting information about their new daughter.
The family became suspicious when they learned of another couple’s adopted daughter with the same health condition. Sure enough, these two girls were actually biological sisters. Considering how large, and densely populated China is, it’s quite surprising that the two girls would be adopted by families from the same city! We hope that the two girls will be able to connect.
It’s sad how many children are abandoned because it becomes a matter of survival for the parents. This issue was more prominent in previous generations when certain ethnic groups were shunned from society.
A person’s grandmother was abandoned by her birth mother and then adopted by a Caucasian farmer. Although she insisted she was part-Sicilian, DNA testing proved she was actually half-African American. Her children had no Italian or Sicilian DNA. This just goes to show how DNA tests can completely change preconceived notions about your family’s history.
Racist Family Members
Unfortunately, some people have really bitter memories of DNA tests. Apart from revealing scandalous information about yourself and your past, you can also end up revealing the true faces of your kin. For instance, registering how racist one’s family can be.
Raised as a white male in the South, one man was somewhat aware of how brutal his family members could be. It wasn’t until the DNA result revealed he was four percent African that they started to understand just how awful their attitudes towards race were.