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If You've Ever Been Laid During a Storm, You Owe Nicholas Sparks Big Time. It's Science.

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Here's a press release I got. They appear to be serious. About what I have no idea.

Hurricane Sandy left millions of Americans without power while wreaking havoc on New York City. While most sought solace from the storm with nearby family or friends, many students living in New York had no one to turn to- but each other. A new survey conducted by online dating website WhatsYourPrice.com discovered that when the lights go out, and the rain starts to fall, people tend to start hooking up, and Nicholas Sparks could be the one to blame.

"The premise of a Nicholas Sparks movie is finding love in unexpected, sometimes impossible places. There's often tragic circumstances, and sordid plot lines for redemption and heroism involved. It's an endearing version of fiction that almost seems real," says Wade. "So when it rains, women think of these stories, and it seems like an attainable fairy tale just within reach."

The survey of 10,000 American members showed that weather has a significant impact on one's libido. 95% of the women polled admitted they have fantasized about kissing in the rain, with over 57% attributing this fantasy to a Nicholas Sparks movie or book. According to the results of the study, the women are not the only ones whose libidos are affected by weather. 64% of men have admitted to being turned on during thunderstorms, with 43% admitting to hooking up during a weather-related power outage. In a separate poll, 77% of the women on WhatsYourPrice.com have claimed to have either read a book by Nicholas Sparks or seen one of the movie adaptations, while only 36% of men have admitted to the same. 24% of men also have reported that they have mirrored a romantic scenario they witnessed in a chick flick to impress a girl.

"An intense storm can inspire romance by creating unexpected romantic conditions and unique opportunities for chivalry," says Wade. "Most men become more nurturing and chivalrous under certain conditions, traits which are very attractive to a woman. Add forced candle light and high emotions, and anything could happen."

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