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Bittersweet demographics are found in this edition of xkcd, explaining why being single after age 26 isn't the end of the world, but having a firm mathematical grasp of why this is so means you probably need the assist from an ever-growing pool of eligible marital partners.

For the record, someone actually graphed the population of eligible unmarried citizens in the United States based on the age-halved-plus-seven formula used above. (Thanks, reddit.) For men, it's a steady stream of improving prospects until about age 50. For women, the peak is around age 41, probably because men die younger. Thus, the old adage that unmarried 40-year-old women have it tough is statistically accurate. Weird.

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5 comments
kaboodle34
kaboodle34

Math geniuses typically revere the simplicity and purity of the number one, only second to the purity and simplicity of the number zero.

mndvf
mndvf

Can't pay your expenses and dreams?

Absolutely
Absolutely

There is symmetry in even integers which cannot be duplicated in numbers less than 2. I guess you're not especially good with the mathematics, nor with the mathematicians.

mndvf
mndvf

who needs strangers? One thing-admire genius, to live with him- very different thing.... And-they are so helpless..children for a lifetime! Are you so special to devote yourself to him?