I’ve been reading this book:
But I’ve just had one of those WTF moments…
Some more pictures, bear with , bear with:
Basically this dude is saying that we can be subtly influenced, in matters of the heart, by a person’s surname.
This table shows marriages between the 5 most common US surnames:
By far the most marriages occur along the diagonal. I.e. Smiths marry Smiths, Browns marry Browns, even though there are far more Smiths to choose from, no, they end up with a Brown.
“What does this tell us?” He says.
“People have a basic desire to feel good about themselves, and we therefore have a tendency to be unconsciously biased in favour of traits similar to our own, even such seemingly meaningless traits as names.”
Well that’s interesting, I think to myself.
My surname is Marriott.
So I haven’t found a nice lady to get married to yet, but I’ve had 3 rather major crushes.
My first was my French teacher in Secondary school. Her surname was Marrable.
My second was my biochemistry tutor. Her surname was Mason.
The third, well that’s a bit more recent, so I won’t say it here. But it does, the first two letters of her surname are ‘Ma.’
What the hell?!
I thought I was romantic. I thought I fell for these women because they were gorgeous and funny and because I liked the way my French teacher would trip over her handbag (so adorable) every lesson.
I thought I liked my biochemistry tutor because of her gorgeous figure and because she looked hot in a labcoat.
I thought I liked the third woman because of her gorgeous brown eyes and witty comments.
Hell I just subconsciously like the surnames, because it boosts my fragile little ego.
So I’m off to amend my dating profile. Wife wanted. Must be gorgeous and have a surname that begins with ‘Ma.’ Should save me the hassle of sifting through the wrong’uns…