How Much Does Your Birthday Matter?
So maybe being born "old" makes you more likely to be a star athlete. But does it make you more likely to be a Congressman (or Congresswoman)? For some reason, the Washington Post's reports of congressional votes can be sorted by zodiac sign, and it has been pointed out that there are 55 Cancers in Congress and only 24 Tauri. The Agitator raises the question of how likely it is to see this (here and here), if birthdays were random, and the answer is "not very." Here's one commentator's take on why we do see this:
..because of the cut-off levels for schools, Cancers enter a grade at an older age then a Taurus would. Thus, they have experiences more likely to influence someone into politics. These include better performance in sports, better grades, more socially out going, etc. then those in their peer group.Here's the full list of astrological signs in Congress, thanks to the Washington Post:
Now, school cut-off dates vary from locale to locale (just as soccer-age cut-off dates vary from country to country), but it does seem that a disproportionate number of congressmen and women were born between May 22 and October 23 (the Gemini to Libra range). However, I think most cut-off dates are in the fall (September or October- I think my school was Jan 1, because my early Feb. birthday made me old in school). So, rather than members of Congress being older in school, they would tend to have been younger in school. That is, unless cut-off dates used to be in the spring, say 40 or 50 years ago when the average member of Congress would have been in elementary school.
So that's probably not the story here. Some other thoughts?