It’s human nature to want to know more about ourselves. And for many people, astrology—studying how celestial bodies align and how that may influence our lives—presents a golden opportunity. Some go as far to swear by it as divine fact, an invisible hand shaping and molding lives at every turn. Others insist the whole practice is crock, and that keeping up with your weekly horoscope is a total cop out. But no matter where you fall on the spectrum, the far-reaching influence is undeniable: astrology is a multibillion-dollar industry.
1 Two Signs Rule the Presidency
In a breakdown of all the presidents, Scorpio and Pisces birthdays pop up more often than any other sign. There have only been three Gemini presidents, making it the least common sign.
2 Cancers Are the Most Dangerous
An analysis of data from the FBI found that Cancers are the most frequently arrested of all the zodiac signs, and their crimes are often more serious too.
3 The Oldest Horoscope Is Really Old
The oldest horoscope that has yet been discovered was for April 29, 410, BC. This is considered the beginning of astrology.
4 Leos Are More Likely to Hit the Gym
A survey of 10,000 UK women found that Leos were twice as likely to go to the gym compared to any other sign.
5 Blood Type Is Used in Japan Instead of Signs
Instead of astrological signs, in Japan, people attribute personality traits to blood type, so it’s not uncommon for a someone getting to know you to ask you what your blood type is.
6 Virgos Are Discriminated Against
In China, one employer posted job listings looking specifically for candidates who specifically weren’t Virgos. Scorpios were also not wanted.
7 Sanitarians Are Twice As Likely to Become Famous
Research conducted by Cartoon Network found that Sagittarius-signed people are twice as likely to become famous, with one in five child stars being born during that time of the zodiac.
8 Leos Are the Worst Drivers
Australian car share service Go Get parsed through information on 100,000 of its users to determine that Leos are the most likely to get busted for speeding. According to the data, Leos are 40 percent more likely to get a ticket than Libras.
9 Capricorns Have Wandering Eyes
Of all the astrological signs, Capricorns have the most accounts on made-for-adultery website Ashley Madison. They also reach out to more people.
10 Aries Make Up the Bulk of Billionaires
Analysis for the Forbes list of billionaires found that more of the people on the list were Aries than any other sign. The sign is known for its determination.
11 World Leaders Are Most Often Scorpios
Data analysis by Vocativ found that more world leaders are Scorpios than any other sign, with 22 leaders. Scorpios are known for their independence and ambition.
12 Your Chart Might Be Wrong
Earth wobbles on its axis in a phenomenon called “precession,” which leads some people to claim your astrological chart might be incorrect. Most astrologers say not to worry about it, though.
13 A Pope Drew His Own Horoscope
Although astrology was never embraced by Christianity, that didn’t stop Pope Sixtus IV from becoming the first pope to draw and interpret a horoscope for himself in the 15th century.
14 The Zodiac Was Originally for Farming
The zodiac was originally used as an agricultural calendar to help people track when to sow seeds and harvest crops by using the position of the constellations in the sky.
15 An Astrologer Predicted Hitler
A German astrologer named Fran Elsbeth Ebertin was given Hitler’s astrological chart in 1924, and she predicted his rise to power.