Picture this. 1982. First year at Secondary School, public speaking competition.
School swot churns out Colchester Castle chat, immaculate but dull, teacher’s favourite.
What can your man pull out of the bag? Superstitions, could be a winner?
But here comes the coup de grace. It went viral before viral was viral. People were still doing them a year later. It was the beginning of love guru days, I can see that now.
Here’s what you do to calculate the love percentage between a couple.
I am going to use two completely random names to protect the innocent:-
J O H N N Y D E P O
L O V E S
C A R O L I N E F L A C K
Next you need to add together all the L’s in both names, put that summed number next to the summed number of O’s, V’s, E’s and S’s, making a row of five numbers:-
2 3 0 2 0
Then add each number to the one next to it, creating four digits:-
5 3 2 2
Then those to the ones next to them to make three digits:-
8 5 4
And so on until two digits. Sometimes you will get double figures from a sum but just keep going, e.g. the 8 and 5 will make a 13 which becomes a 1 and 3:-
1 3 9
The 3 plus nine become a 12 which becomes a 1 and 2, but carry on:-
4 1 2
The final love percentage is 53%
Not bad, Johnny and Caroline.
99% is the highest score in theory. You would then have to get married to that person. (Disclaimer: You do not then have to get married to that person).
And by the way, I won the competition.