Friday, February 17, 2006

I Wish My Name Were 'Fillmore'

If you have the surname of a U.S. President, Liberty Tax Service will prepare your taxes for free on Presidents' Day. If your name is "Agnew" or "Quayle," you'll get 50% off.

This is quite a gamble, since "Johnson" is the second most popular name in America, according to the 1990 census. Our estimated population as of today is 298,129,242, which means that if the name still appears with a frequency of 0.81%, more than 2.4 million Johnsons could show up at Liberty's 2,000 offices next Monday. Add to that a million Wilsons (8th most popular), and 900,000 Jacksons (13th). Fortunately, many Americans do their own taxes, and some not at all.

Oddly enough, "Carter" is considerably more popular than "Bush."

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