I recently noticed that the Library now has over a thousand stories in it. We actually hit that milestone back in January.
Congratulations to the community and thank you to all of the authors who have contributed over the years.
Of course I did what I usually due when presented with a large data set. I crunched some numbers.
Gender in Inflation Stories
It should be completely unsurprising that women are the subjects of inflation more often than men. Women inflate in roughly 93% of the stories, compared to only 16% for men. Yes, that’s more than 100%; 9% of stories include both men and women inflating.
There also a strong (although not as strong) gender disparity when it come to popping. There may be a good reason why men so rarely inflate: apparently they make really lousy balloons.
When a woman inflates, she will more likely than not survive the ordeal. An inflated woman has about a 1 in 3 chance of popping. For men, the odds are inverted. A man who inflates has less than a 1 in 3 chance of getting through the story intact.
As for the types of pops, authors generally avoid the gory details of a human explosion. Almost half of pops were of the Clean variety, and a quarter of them took place Offscreen. This was true for both men and women.
There were some fairly small variances between the sexes. Women were somewhat more likely to end in Messy pops, while with men the burstings were slightly more likely to be Implied. I don’t have a theory as to why this is the case, but it might be nothing. The data set for male inflation is pretty small, so it could just be noise.
The big outlier showed up when I looked at data for stories that inflated both men and women. Almost three quarters of the poppings were of the Clean variety. The numbers are too big for this to be purely coincidental, but I'm at a loss to explain it.
So this is the sort of thing I contemplate when I'm trying to write and it just isnt happening. If anyone's curious about other trends in the story data, please feel free to ask.