Here is a fascinating article on how to figure out if your date is a raving loony and/or compatible with you. It’s PG/M, because of discussion of romantic things (she says euphemistically).
Here’s the beginning:
First dates are awkward. There is so much you want to know about the person across the table from you, and yet so little you can directly ask.
This post is our attempt to end the mystery. We took OkCupid’s database of 275,294 match questions—probably the biggest collection of relationship concerns on earth—and the 776 people have given us, and we asked:
Love, sex, a soulmate, an argument, whatever you’re looking for, we’ll show you the polite questions to find it. We hope they’ll be useful to you in the real world.
First—define “easy to bring up”
Before we could go looking for correlations to deeper stuff, our first task was to decide which questions were even first-date appropriate. I know each person has his own opinion on what’s okay to talk about with a stranger. I also know that if I had to wade through hundreds of thousands of user-submitted questions like these verbatim examples:
Read the whole article here.
In the meantime, here’s Ana ignoring Gandalf (Gandalf is the fish).
And here’s something even more miscellaneous:
You know what’s interesting about that second photo? The orange fish and the striped fish are new today – and I haven’t told CJ. Will he see them for the first time when he comes home – or here?
*hope he’s pleased, not mad*