## Not too young to get married

“What kind of difference can a few years make?” wailed Darlene Love. “I gotta have you now or my heart will break.”

Of course, Darlene was complaining about objections by the parental units. But if *he’s* reluctant, perhaps you should hand him a calculator:

Mathematicians have come up with a ‘fiancee formula’ that allows men to work out the perfect time to pop the question.

All he needs is the age he would first consider marrying and his cut-off point — and the equation does the rest.

Variables:

p = youngest age desired to “settle down”

n = oldest, &c.

Then calculate [(n – p) x 0.368] + p.

Supposedly, this works just as well if *she’s* the one who’s not so sure.

Still, this comment seems apropos: “Shouldn’t academics get a girlfriend before they do these surveys?”

## Adam »

1 March 2010 · 8:52 pm

To which I can only respond: if they had a girlfriend they probably wouldn’t perform such surveys in the first place!

Also: http://xkcd.com/685/