A year in the life of Dinner With Cupid
Behind the scenes at the <i>Globe Magazine’</i>s blind dating column.
WHO SIGNS UP?
> Number of applications in the last 12 months: 444
Percent male: 24%
. . . and female: 76%
> Most common names
(Note: Seventeen had some form of the name Katherine or Katharine, including Kate, Katie, and Kathy. But there was only one Jelli.)
> Percent who reported that they had recently read The Help : 7%
. . . and The Hunger Games: 5%
Number of people who applied on Valentine’s Day (awww): 3
WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR
> Percent who say they want to meet
Mr. or Mrs. Right: 65%
. . . Mr. or Mrs. Right Now: 11%
. . . and either Right or Right Now: 24%
WHAT THE DATERS DO
In addition to crowds of lawyers, nurses and doctors, teachers, and sales reps, applicants in the past year included a chimney sweep, a paleontologist, a college basketball coach, and a man who sells paint guns (the “world’s most enthralling product,” he jokes).
CUPID’S SUCCESS RATE
Chances both daters wanted a second date after their initial setup: 50/50
Number of kisses reported to the Globe Magazine: 7*
*This number includes hand kisses, cheek kisses, and lip kisses.
GETTING TO KNOW THE APPLICANTS
(via their best dating stories)
“I went on a date to Cheers once. It started as a joke, but we ended up dedicating cheesy songs to each other and dancing in the middle of the bar. A total blast.”
— Emily, 30, Beacon Hill
“The best date I ever had was learning how to harvest clams and oysters in Wellfleet. It was a dirty date, but fun.”
— Deborah, 55, South Yarmouth
“We went to the beach all day, then to a restaurant overlooking the water, then at night we
drove back down to a beach with some blankets under the full moon.”
— Erik, 31, Cambridge
“We went to dinner, then he took me to a naked comedy show.”
— Jacquelyne, 25, Dorchester
Go to boston.com/cupid.
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