When Your Zodiac Sign Says “Help Wanted”


“People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.” — David H. Comins

I think it was Benjamin Franklin who once said that the brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office. *

Speaking of brains not working in offices, have you heard the one about this idiotic firm in Australia? Some Salzburg insurance company recently advertised for sales and management positions and only those born under the signs of Capricorn, Taurus, Aquarius, Aries and Leo were allowed to apply.

An internal statistical study indicated that “almost all” of their best employees had one of those five star signs. The firm decided to continue with their system in hiring new workers.

Having recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book Outliers, I am convinced that birth month might offer some specific advantages in life.  Gladwell shows that the month someone is born gives them a distinct advantage for being selected for certain sports teams and thus makes them more likely to become professional athletes.  There are also academic advantages to being born at certain times of the year (a first grader who is nine months older than another will be more likely to succeed academically).  Why then does it feel so exceedingly ridiculous to use the pseudoscientific zodiac hocus-pocus as criteria for selecting employees? 

I think this smells like a back door for other types of discrimination.  Don’t like someone’s color or race?  Don’t hire them — just be sure to blame it on their birthday.  “No, seriously, Sir, your skin color isn’t the problem…it’s the color of your aura that we don’t like.”

And what happens when this insurance company decides to stop insuring Pisces since statistics show they have the most accidents?**  Puhlease.  Do people still subscribe to this lunacy? 


* That quote was actually Robert Frost

** 88.5% of statistics are made up


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