I'm not a big fan of public opinion polls.
With the exception of whatever happened in Indiana the other night, polling takes the fun and excitement out of election night results. I don't need a poll to tell me that people are worried about retirement, that the war in Iraq is unpopular or that gas prices are too high. And, I'm not sure I care what day of the week or part of the baseball field is the favorite of 1,000 Americans.
Just when I thought all the polling questions had been asked, the Wall Street Journal came through with a story headlined, "I Do: With online polling, brides-to-be are turning to a new type of wedding planner -- a few hundred of their closest friends."
"As the MySpace generation begins to marry, everybody's invited to help plan the wedding," the Journal reported.
One groom had his friends vote on whether he should shave his head for his wedding. Others are getting input on the cakes (with a separate category for frosting), drinks, honeymoon destinations, first dance songs, and type of music.
An expert from The Knot said, "Collaborative wedding plans are only a part of 'the wikifying of everything.'"
That inspired me to see what Wikipedia had to say about polling. Much to my surprise, I saw that the groom who asked friends whether he should shave his head for his wedding might not be so off base: Wikipedia offered:
"Etymology 1: From polle ('hair of the head'), (recorded in English since c.1290), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol ('head, top'). Meaning 'collection of votes' is first recorded 1625, from notion of 'counting heads.'"
By the way, the Wall Street Journal reports, "'Without hair' trounced 'with hair' by a landslide." It will be interesting to see if the bride and groom agree with the poll results as years go on.
Now we go on to West Virginia...although the pollsters have already told me everything I didn't want to know yet.