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by Kevin Coupe

To start with, let me just stipulate that this morning’s Eye-Opener doesn’t really mean anything. I’m not trying to draw any sort of conclusion, to suggest any sort of equivalency.

It’s just that I saw this story over the weekend, and it got me thinking. And when I start thinking, I tend to want to share it. (That’s where you come in.)

So, the story was in USA Today, and it was about how the infidelity website, Ashely Madison - which only exists to help spouses cheat - had identified the 20 cities “had to most member signups per capita” last year. (Just a point of interest - last year also had the highest number of signups by women. Ever.)

So here are the 20 cities, listed in order: Seattle, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Charlotte, Austin, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Washington DC, Fort Worth, and Phoenix.

Twenty cities. (You see where I’m going with this, right?)

There is another story about 20 cities that’s gotten a lot of focus lately here on MNB and elsewhere. That’s right - the 20 cities that are the finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

Those 20 cities are: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County (Maryland), Nashville, Newark, New York, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto (Canada), and Washington, D.C.

So how much crossover is there? As it ends up, there are exactly 10 cities that make both lists:

Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. (I would argue that it may actually be as a high as 12 - since folks in Montgomery County (Maryland) and Northern Virginia may well work In Washington, DC, and could be doing their cheating from the office.)

As I said, this doesn’t really mean anything. It is just a coincidence.

I think.

And by the way, what the hell is going on in Seattle? I thought all those technology types were working 18-20 hours a day. (This may also explain the skyrocketing prices of a decent Seattle hotel room.)

Maybe the HQ in HQ1 and HQ2 stands for “Horny Quotient.”
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