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The Internet believes Steve from Stranger Things and Parks and Rec’s Jean-Ralphio are father and son

on September 21, 2016, 9:58am

Face it, the Internet is never going to shut the fuck up about Stranger Things.

Especially not if cool shit like this keeps happening: Today, Parks and Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, aka 35-year-old actor Ben Schwartz, hung out with Stranger Things’ own Steve Harrington, aka 24-year-old actor Joe Keery.

Why is this a big deal? Well, if you’ve been lost in the Upside Down, allow us to refresh you: As per tradition, the Internet came up with this theory that Steve is actually Jean-Ralphio’s father, thanks to the fact that both shows take place in Indiana and, you know, the two look and act exactly the same. As the theory goes, Steven fathered Jean-Ralphio two years after the events in Stranger Things in 1985. However, after something happens to Steve (perhaps at the claws of a Demogorgon?), a Dr. Saperstein adopts young Jean-Ralphio and moves him to neighboring Pawnee.

It wasn’t long ago that Schwartz, ever a good sport for a good joke, approved of the idea. Which is probably why the two spent a solid morning together shaving, posing, and doing all sorts of father and son shenanigans. It’s strange stuff, but hey, we’ve seen stranger thi– oh, the hell with it.

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