The birthday boy for July 17 is television producer and “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett.
For the first few incarnations of “Survivor,” I kept stats regarding the zodiac signs of the players in order to determine which sign did the best playing the game. At the time I stopped analyzing the information, the Cancer contestants had the best record on the show. I credited their strong showing to their innate ability to make tough choices for the sake of survival as opposed to decisions based upon emotional considerations. No matter what anyone tells you about Cancer natives being “weepy,” they’re as hard-boiled as overcooked eggs.
It’s no surprise to me that Burnett created the show that set the standard in reality TV for emotional manipulation. I’m not saying that every Cancer individual is manipulative, but those who choose to be can elevate that quality to an artform.