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The Dating Issue

A year in the life of Dinner With Cupid

Behind the scenes at the Globe Magazine’s blind dating column.

WHO SIGNS UP?

> Number of applications in the last 12 months: 444

Percent male: 24%

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. . . and female: 76%

> Most common names

Sarah/9x

Emily/7x

Matthew/4x

Daniel/4x

(Note: Seventeen had some form of the name Katherine or Katharine, including Kate, Katie, and Kathy. But there was only one Jelli.)

Applicants indicate the celebs their ideal date resembles: Among women: 1. Ryan Gosling. 2. Ryan Reynolds. 3. George Clooney. 4. Brad Pitt. 5. Matt Damon.

> 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%

Applicants indicate the celebs their ideal date resembles: Among men: 1. Natalie Portman. 2. Mila Kunis. 3. Zooey Deschanel. 4. Jennifer Aniston. 5. Sandra Bullock

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

TO APPLY

Go to boston.com/cupid.

CUPID DATERS:

Are you in a long-term realtionship that resulted from a Globe Magazine setup? E-mail us at magazine@globe.com.

Marian Daniells set up dozens of Cupid dates as a 2012 Globe intern. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.
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