DC Sex math

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courtesy of ‘primplan’

I’m a fan of XKCD and the other day he ran a comic based on a calculation of the likelyhood someone is having sex within X distance of you. I couldn’t resist, and ran the numbers for D.C. With a population of 591,833 (as of 7/1/08 according to the census bureau) and a size of 61.4 square miles of land, that’s 9232 people per square mile. Punching that into Randall’s formula and letting Google handle the units works out like this:

sqrt(2/(pi*(9232/mi^2)*(80/year)(30 minutes))) = someone is gettin busy within
197.836832 meters of you right now.

Of course that’s just residency numbers. There’s over a million people in the city during the workday, so you might not want to look to see what that noise is in the next cubicle.

Okay it just changes the result to 152m, but that was funny, dammit!

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


One thought on “DC Sex math

  1. Even with the fluxes, it’d be interesting to overlay that with an actual density map, say “more gettin’ on” in Penn Quarter vs. Adams Morgan vs. Georgetown…

    So, if you walk by an isolated location such as the perimeter of the White House, does that mean that within that exclusive radius, some boots are knocking? (say even, the Old Executive Office Building or something like that – I guess that’s why they’re looking to do a TV show about it again – West Wing wasn’t racy enough?!)