Why I don't have a girlfriend (via JWZ)
So,â€© whatâ€© thisâ€© meansâ€© isâ€© thatâ€© thereâ€© areâ€© 10,510â€© peopleâ€© inâ€© theâ€© UKâ€© thatâ€© satisfyâ€© theseâ€© mostâ€© basicâ€© criteriaâ€© forâ€© beingâ€© myâ€© girlfriend.â€© Thatâ€© isâ€© 0.00017%â€© ofâ€© theâ€© UKâ€© andâ€© 0.0014%â€© ofâ€© Londoners,â€© whichâ€© doesn'tâ€© seemâ€© soâ€© bad.â€© Onâ€© aâ€© givenâ€© nightâ€© inâ€© London,â€© thereâ€© isâ€© greaterâ€© thanâ€© aâ€© 1â€© inâ€© 1000â€© chanceâ€© thatâ€© Iâ€© willâ€© meetâ€© anâ€© attractiveâ€© womanâ€© betweenâ€© theâ€© agesâ€© ofâ€© 24â€© andâ€© 34â€© withâ€© aâ€© universityâ€© degree.â€© Ofâ€© courseâ€© thisâ€© doesâ€© notâ€© takeâ€© intoâ€© accountâ€© theâ€© fractionâ€© ofâ€© theseâ€© womenâ€© thatâ€© willâ€© findâ€© meâ€© attractiveâ€© (depressinglyâ€© low),â€© theâ€© fractionâ€© ofâ€© theseâ€© womenâ€© whoâ€© willâ€© beâ€© singleâ€© (fallingâ€© withâ€© age)â€© and,â€© perhapsâ€© mostâ€© importantly,â€© theâ€© fractionâ€© ofâ€© theseâ€© womenâ€© whoâ€© Iâ€© willâ€© getâ€© alongâ€© with.â€© Includingâ€© suchâ€© factorsâ€© wouldâ€© greatlyâ€© reduceâ€© theâ€© aboveâ€© figureâ€© ofâ€© 10,510.â€© Aâ€© roughâ€© estimateâ€© putsâ€© theâ€© numberâ€© ofâ€© potentialâ€© girlfriendsâ€© accountingâ€© forâ€© theseâ€© threeâ€© additionalâ€© criteriaâ€© (1â€© inâ€© 20â€© ofâ€© theâ€© womenâ€© findâ€© meâ€© attractive,â€© halfâ€© areâ€© singleâ€© andâ€© Iâ€© getâ€© alongâ€© withâ€© 1â€© inâ€© 10)â€© atâ€©â€© 26.â€©â€© That'sâ€© correct.â€© Thereâ€© areâ€© 26â€© womenâ€© inâ€©â€© Londonâ€© withâ€© whomâ€© Iâ€© mightâ€© haveâ€© aâ€© wonderfulâ€© relationship.â€©â€© So,â€© onâ€© aâ€© givenâ€© nightâ€© outâ€© inâ€© Londonâ€© thereâ€© isâ€© aâ€© 0.0000034%â€© chanceâ€© ofâ€© meetingâ€© oneâ€© ofâ€© theseâ€© specialâ€© people,â€© aboutâ€© 100â€© timesâ€© betterâ€© thanâ€© findingâ€© anâ€© alienâ€© civilizationâ€© weâ€© canâ€© communicateâ€© with.â€© That'sâ€© aâ€© 1â€© inâ€© 285,000â€© chance.â€© Notâ€© great.â€©â€©
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