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0.1%

by Rob Friesel

Via 802 Online: You look familiar… MySpace!?

Normally this would be a relief because I hate people and don’t want to meet 99.9% them. But this is the second time I’ve seen someone from MySpace I actually wanted to meet but was baffled by what sort of etiquette might govern the situation and was nowhere near drunk enough to say “fuck etiquette”.

What I really latched onto was the “99.9%” part. I’m guilty of saying this too but for once I thought to myself: “Self, what does that mean?” So to put it into persepective…:

Population Size
(equivalent to)
Your 0.1% is…
2,000
(So… Your average high school or small college)
2 people
9,291
(a small-ish town… say: Barre, VT)
9 people
38,889
(a small city… say: Burlington, VT)
39 people
608,827
(a small state; i.e., Vermont)
609 people
295,734,134
(the United States)
295,734
6,624,215,000
(Earth)
6,624,215

So… I guess not knowing (or wanting to know) 99.9% of people in a given sample/population is healthy but it sort of depends on the scale. Only wanting to know 0.1% of your high school or college makes you a social outcast. But at the same time, that’s a reasonably healthy (if not busy!) social life in a town like Burlington. So (and this is me going on the record): I’m reasonably confident that I have no interest in meeting 99.9999% of all people.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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