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Over 200 Strong Bad Emails have been released on homestarrunner.com. This article is intended to track statistics reflecting relative use of computers and the runtime of emails. Charts and graphs have been created to visualize and analyze Strong Bad and his emails.

## Contents

The data in this section is accurate as of pet show (February 4, 2008).

A scatter plot of chronological number vs. length, with outliers.
A scatter plot of chronological number vs. length, without outliers.

The scatter plot to the left illustrates the relationship between the email number and its corresponding length (the red plots for the original length, and the black plots including the Easter eggs). This can be mathematically modeled using a power regression curve, which allows us to measure the trend for email duration as well as predict the ongoing trend for future emails. The value for these curves identifies how strong this relationship is (how close the points are to the model): a value of 1 means that the model and the data are identical, while a 0 means that the model does not relate to the data at all. The equation for the black curve is y = 0.0002513x0.4746 and the equation for the red curve is y = 0.0002467x0.4593.

There are certain emails, however, whose lengths were much longer than the emails surrounding them, called outliers. These emails can affect the accuracy of the model and, if removed, can allow for greater accuracy. The graph on the right has the outliers removed, which subsequently improves the value for the curves. The black curve's equation becomes y = 0.0002512x0.4717 and the red equation becomes y = 0.0002466x0.4565. Of course, it should be noted that these models are by no means a guaranteed guess; email 500, for example, is unlikely to be over six and a half minutes long, as this model predicts.

In the email theme song, Strong Bad tells his viewers that each email is about 3 to 5 minutes long. Approximately 51% of all emails released as of email thunder fall in this range, most of which were released when that length had become the standard.

## Strong Bad Emails by computer

This section refers to the primary computer used to answer each email, or the "era" of the computer. The categories are Tandy 400, Compy 386, Lappy 486, Compé, Lappier, and Other (Pom Pilotthe bird, Tangerine Dreamsweird dream, and Corpy NT6imaginary). Although some emails feature more than one computer, it is fairly obvious which is the primary one for the purposes of this data (for instance, retirement is counted as part of the Lappy 486 era despite featuring the Tandy and Compy).

The data in the graphs below is accurate as of the release of the next april fools thing and the June 29, 2021 revision of Strong Bad Email By Length.

### Remarks

• The Lappy 486 is the most-used computer.
• A total of 88 emails have been answered on the Lappy, the most of any computer.
• Emails answered on the Lappy make up over half of all total sbemail runtime.
• Given the current pace of updates, it is unlikely the Lappy will be surpassed in either category.
• The Compé was the first (and so far only) computer to not surpass its predecessor in either volume or runtime of emails answered.
• The Lappier has already surpassed the Compé in both categories.

## Strong Bad Emails featuring more than one email

Several Strong Bad Emails feature more than one email.

• credit card — After checking his email, Strong Bad sends an email to, and gets a reply from, Homestar Runner.
• spring cleaning — Strong Bad checks five emails and promptly deletes each one.
• E-mail Birds — Strong Bad answers three emails on the Tandy.
• sisters — Strong Bad accidentally deletes the first email he gets and later receives a poorly written one.
• 50 emails — Strong Bad checks two emails (and begins to check another before Homestar Runner arrives and "answers" another two).
• huttah! — The first five emails Strong Bad checks all show particular interest in The Cheat (he deletes most of them). The last two are all directed to Strong Bad, but he attempts to fool The Cheat into thinking they're for him.
• fingers — Apart from the main email, Strong Bad also checks four emails asking him how he types with boxing gloves on.
• personal favorites — In addition to the main email, Strong Bad mentions ten emails in fake flashbacks (eight in the main toon, two in Easter eggs).
• 2 emails — Jimmy suggests Strong Bad check two emails a week and he does. He can also be seen checking a third email during the fast-forwarding.
• cheatday — After Strong Bad checks his email, he lets The Cheat check another three emails.
• other days — In addition to the main email, Strong Bad answers a Polish email (and a snail mail).
• bottom 10 — Strong Bad receives an email with large numbers of "Fwd:" and "Re:" in the subject line, as an example of #8 on his bottom 10.
• theme song — Strong Bad can be seen answering an email in one of the theme song montages.
• retirement — Strong Bad answers an email on each of his first two computers.
• the chair — Strong Bad answers a second email, but his new chair obstructs almost the entire screen of the Lappy while he does so.
• being mean — Strong Bad checks three emails from Nice Dad.
• email thunder — Strong Bad checks an email addressed to Homestar, then later sends another email to Homestar.
• sbemail 206 — Strong Bad starts to check his first email on the Lappier at the end, but the viewer doesn't get to see it due to the April Fools' pop-up.

## Intervals between Strong Bad Emails

These data are as of parenting (April 1, 2022).

Although Strong Bad Emails were released weekly at one point, they have overall been released at widely varying frequencies. The graph to the right visualizes the frequency of a given number of days between email updates. Here is a summary of the data:

• Mean: 35.8 days — only five emails have an interval longer than 71 days; if these outliers are excluded the mean becomes 13.1 days.
• Median: 7 days
• Mode: 7 days — 89 emails came out 7 days after the previous release. The longest streak of 7-day releases was band names through the bird — eight emails in a row were released seven days after their predecessor.
• Minimum: 1 day — There was 1 day between the releases of retirement A and retirement B. The minimum interval between wholly separate emails was 4 days, which happened between brianrietta and i love you and again between ghosts and theme party.
• Maximum: 2004 days — There were over 5 years between the releases of videography and sbemail 206.

## Other information

These data are as of parenting (April 1, 2022).

• 47% of all emails have no location given; 5% have no return sender at all.
• The average sbemail runtime is 2:57, or 3:13 if Easter eggs are included.
• The Brothers Chaps most frequently have chosen emails with sender's names starting with J or S. Together these two initials make up 27% of all emails. Census studies regularly place J and S among the most common letters to begin first names in the United States, with J commonly topping the list.

These data are as of trading cards (September 13, 2006).