NCBI ROFL: World Cup Week: World cup soccer players tend to be born with sun and moon in adjacent zodiacal signs.

By ncbi rofl | June 30, 2010 7:00 pm

4072296866_a02dcee6bdWorld cup soccer players tend to be born with sun and moon in adjacent zodiacal signs.

“The ecliptic elongation of the moon with respect to the sun does not show uniform distribution on the birth dates of the 704 soccer players selected for the 1998 World Cup. However, a uniform distribution is expected on astronomical grounds. The World Cup players show a very pronounced tendency (p = 0.00001) to be born on days when the sun and moon are in adjacent zodiacal signs.”

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Image: flickr/wakanmuri

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  • FatDude

    Yo, there was a part in Super Freakonomics when they talked about when British soccer players were born. Turns out they all have extremely similar birthdays due to when the cut off dates are for youth soccer. So the kids who are “older” for their age (say, closer to their next birthday) have an advantage over the kids who are “younger” for their age. And this little tiny effect is profound later in life.

    Either that or superstition wins this round.

  • kirk

    I believe without proof that the absolute worse soccer players are also born during this period. Further, no one born in this period has released a rock-n-roll album that I personally ranked as one of my favorite of all time.

  • Irvin Beyt

    Manchester United rules! What’s your favorite football team?


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