This guy comes up and after brief "hi. where are you from?" he goes, "So, how single are you?"
My first thought was, "that's a new one."
But, the more I started thinking about it, the more I thought what a good question it is to ask someone.
The other day, I was reading an article about people who have tried to date girls/guys with "a missionary" (they have someone on a mission who they still are committed to in some fashion) or someone who is otherwise "hung up" on an ex/secret crush/etc. It's hard, because by facebook standards a person might very well be "single"in writing but are they single in their hearts and mind? It's not always a question with a yes or no answer.
So, for example. If you are crushing hardcore after someone who will never like you back, you are 79% single.
If it's complicated with someone, you could say you are 50% single.
If you are spending all your time with the same person and kissing on weekends but still have that inkling of doubt about the commitment level, you are 5.7% single.
Gone on two dates with the same person and feel like it could go somewhere? 68% single.
Producing a student film? 23% single.
Married? You are -800% single.
It's not the worst system, really. You'd have a better idea what you are getting yourself into.