The Love Calculator: Take the Original Love Test to See If You'll Be Alone Forever

Back when the internet was still fresh and was referred to as the World Wide Web, would-be lovers, couples and others used the website the Love Calculator to calculate the probability that two individuals would fall in love, and have a prosperous relationship. 

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"Sometimes you'd like to know if a relationship with someone could work out," the website reads. "Therefore, Doctor Love himself designed this great machine for you. With the Love Calculator you can calculate the probability of a successful relationship between two people."

Launched in November 1996 by programmers Thijs Kinkhorst and Matthijs Sypkens Smit, the Love Calculator takes two names, and uses a simple algorithm to calculate the romantic compatibility between those two names. 

The relationship calculator doesn't quite offer romantic advice, but it instead employs an algorithm that mathematicians might find simple. "The calculator uses an algorithm familiar to elementary-school children and math teachers around the world," according to the New York Times. "It starts by looking for the number of times the letters L, O, V, E and S occur in the two names; then, through a series of addition sequences, it produces the percentage."

Some popular love matches are as follows: Beyoncé and Jay Z, 57%; Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, 28%; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, 77%; and you can even input fictional characters, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, 74%. 

The website has won several awards and was even responsible for bringing couples together. 

''I have put my name and my first wife's and I have gotten 0%; the incredible thing is: We got divorced 15 years ago," a love calculator user from Brazil wrote in a 1998 email, according to the New York Times. "On the other hand I got 97% with my second wife, and we have been together for 12 years!'' No word yet on if the couple is still together in 2016.

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Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis is a programming editor at Mic. He was previously an editorial fellow for 'The Huffington Post'. He can be reached at plewis@mic.com

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