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One true partner
It's often said that each of us has one true partner in the world. Strangely, this is frequently used in an attempt to comfort those who are single; "Don't worry, there's someone out there for you. You'll meet them sooner or later." Excuse me? It's hardly a comfort. Now "Don't worry, there's one million people out there who are your ideal match", that would at least give me a chance of meeting one of them before I reach pensionable age.
(* This is 'exactly' in a completely inexact and unscientific sense. There are plenty of reasons why the maths behind this form is wrong. For example, your other half may well exist somewhere now, but he/she could die tomorrow. Or maybe they won't in fact be born for another 20 years. But hey, "there's someone out there for you" is hardly a solid scientific fact to begin with, right? Right?)