Woo Watch: No, your chance of becoming wealthy does not depend upon your star sign
CAN your star sign dictate your wealth? Lordy be, some nonsense in the Daily Heil:
If you’re hoping to make your fortune, it seems your fate may lie in the stars.
A new study suggests those born under the Gemini star sign have the best chance of becoming wealthy, while Scorpios are the least likely to succeed.
The intriguing find was unearthed by researchers who studied the star signs of the top 1,000 richest people in England.
No, just no.
What they’ve found is simply random variation, not any connection with your star sign and the likelihood of your making a pot of cash.
While they were fairly evenly spread over the 12 signs of the zodiac, there was a higher concentration of Geminis than any other sign.
They represent 10 per cent of the group and include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones and Jamie Oliver.
All of them were born in early summer – between May 21 and June 21- but it is not known why this would be an advantage to wealth-creating.
Because there isn’t such an advantage. That your parents fucked in August or September does not influence whether you will make money or not.
The problem with this “research” is that among this small a number of people then one or another month or sign must be higher. If it were perfectly distributed then there would be 83 (.3333 but ignore that) people in each star sign. Their largest group is 100 people, 10% of the total. That’s just random variation.
It’s also possible to test this as well. Look at the richest people in other countries. There are 1,000 richest people lists for most countries these days. So, look at the 1,000 richest French, Germans, USians, Canadians and so on. I am absolutely certain that there would be different star signs with the most rich in them in the different countries.
And even if you think that it might be the age at which you first go to school, or being a baby in the summer or something, then you can look at the figures for the Southern Hemisphere to check. It should, for them, be the inverse month of course if there is any such effect.
This is, sadly, just the standard woo about horoscopes. Hell, Willy Shakespeare told us about it: the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves.