Today I happened to observe something strange about our nest of nerds: our last names fall disproportionately into the first half of the alphabet. In fact, 77% of our last names start with a letter in the range [A-M].
A quick search didn’t turn up what the alphabetical distribution of last names in the US actually is, but I guess it must be a lot closer to evenly distributed than our data indicates. We don’t keep a paper phone book anymore, so I couldn’t measure that way. The only data I had readily at hand was our customer database. In this much larger set of names, 64% fall in the first half of the alphabet.
Maybe nerds are more near-sighted, have to sit closer to the front of the room, and actually learn more in school?