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Hinge Reports: How to Answer the "A Fact About Me That Surprises People" Prompt

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One of the best ways to get to know someone? Ask them a fun fact about themselves. People can’t help but get creative, which is why this is one of our favorite Hinge profile prompts. Answering this question is truly one of the easiest ways to show off your weird side — and a great way to make it easy for people to start a conversation with you. 

The Best Answers

To calculate the best answers to this question, our data scientists looked at what percentage of a Member’s total profile “likes” were due to that specific question. The following were some of our favorite responses to the “Fact About Me That Surprises People” prompt:

  • I drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across the United States for 12 months. 

  • I’m six years old! (Born on February 29th)

  • One time I met Bill Nye, and he was a jerk. 

  • I plan on being a funeral director! I can’t deny that it is a bit odd, but hey, it’s a family business and people are dying to get in!

  • My parents legally changed my name from Jason to Chad when I was four, because they felt like it. 

  • I was on the Scrabble team and went to the National Scrabble Competition in 2002. 

Avoid These Words to Stand Out
Sometimes the best way to craft an effective answer is to do what everyone else isn’t. The following words were the most commonly listed amongst all Hinge Members who answered this question:

  • Never:  A surprising number of people have never eaten common food (peanut butter and jelly; hot dogs) but an even larger number have never broken a bone. 
  • Year: Many people used this space to talk about what they’d spent a year of their lives doing. Hats off to our favorite — the guy who was the “Voice of Pizza Hut” for a year.  
  • Love:  Where we were expecting to see oodles of dog loves, the “love” that came in first place for this question was…Disney. Movies, characters, theme parks, you name it, Hinge Members are into it. 
  • Play: Unsurprisingly, there are lots of musicians on Hinge. Surprisingly, there are many closet skeeball and ping pong champs. 

The takeaway? The weirder your fun fact, the better. Bizarre answers get responses — don’t be afraid to show your wackier side. 

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