Science of dating

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:

What questions are easy to bring up, yet correlate to the deeper, unspeakable, issues people actually care about?

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:

If you were to be eaten by cannibal, how would you like to be prepaired?


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?


*wander off*

*hope he’s pleased, not mad*

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6 thoughts on “Science of dating

  1. Some of that article is just plain worrying. Weird correlations freak me out a little.

  2. I’d suspected that it was coming. With Boromir and Blinky absent, the tank was looking a bit empty. Now if a new cat were to turn up, that I might like to have say in.

    1. CJ: LOL! I *was* smiling to myself as I walked into the pet shop, imagining what your reaction would be if I crossed the three-cat barrier.

  3. I love the fact that being a spelling and grammar nazi is an indicator of my religious status….. Beer, not so much…..

    1. Ann: Yes – that’s an article that makes you laugh AND quiver in fear. It really has it all.

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