JERRY: I still can’t believe, you’re going out on a blind date.

ELAINE: I’m not worried. It sounds like he’s really good looking.

JERRY: You’re going by sound? What are we? Whales?

ELAINE: I think I can tell.

JERRY: Elaine, what percentage of people would you say are good looking?

ELAINE: Twenty-five percent.

JERRY: Twenty-five percent, you say? No way! It’s like 4 to 6 percent. It’s a twenty to one shot.

ELAINE: You’re way off.

JERRY: Way off? Have you been to the motor vehicle bureau? It’s like a leper colony down there.

ELAINE: So what you are saying is that 90 to 95 percent of the population is undateable?


ELAINE: Then how are all these people getting together?

JERRY: Alcohol.

– Seinfeld, s7e4: “The Wink

Yes, it’s true, the characters on Seinfeld are terrible people, but that’s why we love them. I’ve had this exchange in my head for the last couple weeks and I’ve been trying to think about whose side I’m on through rigorous scientific study. That is, judging people in my classes superficially. I think Jerry’s probably got it right, although everybody’s 4 to 6 percent will be different people, so you don’t have to rely on alcohol as much. Hopefully, everybody’s dateable to somebody.

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  1. Charley says:

    It obviously depends on where you are. In Manhattan it’s normally around 10-15%, although it obviously changes whether you’re on a college campus or a mall or wherever.

    And I know this because my favorite game is sitting in a trafficked spot and counting out 100 people and keeping a count of the number I would date. It’s even better to play with someone else so you can argue!

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