The role of almonds in Swedish marital trends
Mikael Johansson, Susanne Vejdemo
This paper is a quantitive explanative study in which no new data will be presented. We strive to falsify the hypothesis that almonds eaten in porridge at Christmas correlates to marriage in the following year. We judge the hypothesis to be falsified if fewer than 50% of the consumed almonds could have triggered a marriage.
One factor we have not looked into in this analysis is the influence of other folkloristic marital triggers. What happens if you get more than one almond during a christmas? What happens if you get the almond as well as eat a slice of cake that was served standing up? This kind of further analysis would require a deeper approach than this paper could accomodate.