winning "Flirt with Science" scientific chatup lines, the latest New Scientist's Feedback column includes the worthy runners up:
- I need a seed for my pseudo-random number generator - could I have your phone number? Ian Marshall, Palo Alto, California, US
- Two by Attracta Uí Bhroin, Dublin, Ireland:
- Your universe or mine?
- Hello, did you know that I've invented calorie-free chocolate, and I've got some back at my place?
- You're so sweet I am developing insulin resistance. Alex Carlton, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, UK
- What's a nice girl like you doing in a superposition like this? Nigel Eaton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK
- Did you know that if oysters had no natural enemies, in 10 years the world would be 28 miles deep in oysters? (We married in 1968 and are still going strong.) Michael Boddy, Binalong, New South Wales, Australia
- Hello, I am Bob. You must be Alice. You haven't changed a bit! J. H. Van Veen, Voorschoten, The Netherlands
- Two by Yonatan Silver, Jerusalem, Israel (who was also a main winner):
- As a quantum physicist, the moment I observed you I determined that we were heading to your place or mine.
- Of all the bars, on all the planets where conditions support intelligent, bipedal, carbon-based life forms...
- Hello, I'm Doctor Frankenstein - and I've got a monster! Allan Whatling, St Mawgan, Cornwall, UK
- Two from Ilona Schofield and Caroline Riggs, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
- I've got some francium back at my place.
- You have a hyperfine structure.
- Forget what they say about butterflies, I think that you could whip up a storm just by fluttering your eyelashes. Justin Byrne, Dublin, Ireland
- How can I know a hundred digits of pi, but not the 11 digits of your phone number? Yuan Yang, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
- Looking at you, creationists may have a point after all. Amy Fairbrother, Northcliff, South Africa
My faves of this lot are 1, 5, 8 and 9.1 (though why francium, why not astatine??). I imagine 6 will go down pretty well with geeks!
And I bet lots of men will be using no. 8...