## Thursday, January 13, 2011

### Seth MacFarlane: Family Guy Creator or Math Genius?

On December 26, 2010, Family Guy creator and voice actor extraordinaire Seth MacFarlane tweeted, "If the T1000 had to kill everyone named Aiden Connor or Dylan Connor, he’d have tons of killing to do."  How accurate is his estimate?

According to Book Of Odds, each name has the following probabilities:
• The odds a male is named Dylan are 1 in 6,250 (US, 5/1990 - 9/1990).
• The odds a male born in 2000 is named Aiden are 1 in 2,370 (US, 2000).
• The odds a person's last name is Conner are 1 in 4,442 (US, 2000).
Assuming there are no weird correlations, this means the probability that a person is named "Dylan Conner" is 1 in 28 million and the probability that a person is named "Aiden Conner" is 1 in 11 million.  Just considering the U.S. population, there are 150 million males roughly 5 and 12 of which would be named "Dylan Conner" and "Aiden Conner", respectively.  If each Conner weighed 150 lbs, the total weight would be 1.3 tons.

Well done Mr. MacFarlane!  [In poorly attempted Stewie voice] Victory is yours!