I wish I could just do a clever university-style research paper about dumb things without all the effort and funding that would be needed; the kind of research paper that would lead to a discussion on BBC Radio 4, but about silly stuff. I was thinking the other day about the following question:
On average, do women with embarrassing maiden names (eg. Pratt, Willy, Dicks) get married earlier than women with “normal” surnames?
That question brings about follow-up questions:
Do women who would ordinarily be opposed to changing their surname do so more often if they have an embarrassing surname?
Do men with embarrassing surnames get married later than men with “normal” surnames?
Do women who would normally be inclined to take their husband’s surname decline to do so if the man in question has an embarrassing surname?
As you were.
UPDATE: Thanks to Barbara and Lisa who both emailed me this: http://famouslikeme.blogspot.com/2008/05/marriage-is-fun.html