And the readers’ choice favourite comment of 2011 is:


Eva for “I’ve dated someone who showed me a powerpoint presentation about his work on the first date. That should have been a sign, but the topic was actually interesting, so it didn’t put me off right there and then. Unfortunately, his job was the only interesting thing about the guy.”

Congratulations, Eva! Please email me to let me know to which email address I should send your prize Amazon gift certificate!

Here’s the full set of results:


Many thanks to everyone who voted, and of course to all my lovely commenters! Keep up the good work in 2012!

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20 Responses to And the readers’ choice favourite comment of 2011 is:

  1. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    BTW this is the second year in a row in which Beth has come second by one vote. Sorry, Beth… maybe next year eh?!

  2. ricardipus says:

    Well done Eva!

    I feel a little bad for Frank and Mermaid… but not that bad, since I obviously only got one vote. It wasn’t me, honest!

  3. Beth says:

    Always a bridesmaid, never a bride!!

    Congrats, Eva! It’s a well-deserved victory!

  4. Nina says:

    I would like to know if Eva is going to contact the powerpoint-date and tell him something good came out of that date finally?!
    Seriously: congratulations! I thought that was by far the funniest comment, perhaps also because it could have happened to me… I don’t recall if I said this in the original comment-strain, but I once dated a guy who worked in an ice-cream shop and I later realized that was indeed the only good thing about him (as my friends had pointed out from the start … but then they couldn’t really complain because they got free ice-cream as well)

    • Cath@VWXYNot? says:

      Nice try Nina, but I’m not sure the 2012 voters will go for copy-cat comments 😉

    • Eva says:

      Ha no, he cut off all contact (which nobody has *ever* done to me, and I never do to anyone) so doesn’t even deserve a message.

  5. Massimo says:

    It is a funny comment — I mean, seriously PowerPoint ? What kind of a loser uses that in the age of Keynote…

  6. Bob O'H says:

    Wooo! Joint 4th.

    BTW, a commonly employed, but in some contexts rather unfortunate, terminology is to call centres a random factor and to add the usually irrelevant assumption that the τ_j^B also are random variables. (p148)

    (please, can we have LaTeX support? Or at least sub- and super-scripts)

  7. Eva says:

    I tried so hard not to win! I sound so mean! But thanks for voting, and this really *is* the only good thing to ever come out of this. Normally every failed relationship (including the ones that never even took off, the unrequited things) somehow always leads to something positive, like exposure to new music, or making new friends, but until now the only positive thing I got out of this one was discovering (via one of the very few books on his shelves) that an ugly bus stop near my parents’ house is considered one of the 1000 buildings to see before you die.

    Okay, that’s also pretty good. But this is better, probably!

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