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Double-Blind Date

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A typical blind date involves Person A coordinating a get-together for Persons B and C. Often this is a "fire and forget" process, except of course afterward Person A wants to hear both sides of how the date went. In this particular scenario, Person A needs to be present when Persons B and C show up for the date, and it is important that they do not encounter each other before they encounter Person A.

That's because Person A blindfolds them thoroughly before letting them get close to each other.

Now imagine a restaurant that caters to double-blind dates (yes, I know I'm abusing the standard definition of "double-blind" here). The wait staff would carefully escort the couple to a table; the menu would have to be presented verbally, and so on. Some initial guidance in eating might be necessary (although with practice, as proved by many actually-blind people, this would only be temporary).

During a double-blind date, you would only be able to form an impression about the other person based on what is said and how it is said. Yes, this might be a trap by Person A, to get you interested in someone you might otherwise not consider dating. So? Are we taught to not judge a book by its cover? Here's your chance to try it!

Hmmm...I wonder if this would work as a TV reality show?

Vernon, Jan 20 2009

You'd want this then My_20Voiceover_20Guy_2fGirl
[FlyingToaster, Jan 20 2009]

Real blind dates (2001) Real_20blind_20dates
futurebird's original version of this idea. [jutta, Jan 22 2009]


       Probably it would, but I'm not a good judge of such things, being deliberately off the television grid.
normzone, Jan 20 2009

       I've been away for a while and come back to find this - an idea by Vernon which takes less than 30 seconds to read!   

       Who are you, and what have you done with the real Vernon?   

       Suggestion: Instead of blindfolds, have the table set up with a thin barrier (rice paper or similar) between the participants, possibly lit such that they can each see the other's profile, but nothing else.   

       BTW...I'd love to see this made into a reality show.
Freefall, Jan 21 2009

       + I like it and think it would be a great tv show.
xandram, Jan 21 2009

       [xan], you mean a show where people, who are BLIND , go on a DATE and can only communicate by talking? Maybe if one person only asked each other 3 questions there were 3 people to choose from.   

       Also, good work Vernon, outside the Science catagory your ideas are pretty good.
If you explain someone has been blindfolded for a good reason then people are usually quite accomodating. A guy I know blindfolded his girlfriend, got a taxi to the airport, got on a plane to Edinburgh, got to the hotel and then took the blindfold off. She had headphones on as well and hod no idea what was going on. He then proposed.
miasere, Jan 22 2009

       A 'blind' trial is one in which the experimental subjects don't know whether they're getting the medicine or the placebo. A 'double-blind' trial is one where the experimenter also does not know who is getting the medicine or the placebo. So, in this case, a truly 'double-blind' dating experiment would require A to send all their single friends on blind dates but with the invitations mixed up by an independent third party so that A does not know who got set up with who. Then, later, A should hear back from friends B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, etc. about how their dates went, make a judgement about how succesful each date was and then reveal the pairings which would show whether A's a priori assessment of each person's compatibility with each other was correct.

Anyway, nice idea.
hippo, Jan 22 2009

       [hippo], yes, I did say in the main text that I knew I was abusing the standard meaning of the phrase here.
Vernon, Jan 22 2009

       [jutta], thanks for the link. If only the word "blindfold" had been mentioned in that Idea, I would have found it in my searching and not have posted this.
Vernon, Jan 22 2009


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