Created By: GuesssWho on January 15, 2014 Last Edited By: ClockClockClock on October 10, 2015

Strangely Specific Horoscope

A horoscope that is either oddly specific, downright strange or both

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This week, all Aquariuses will turn into mermaids, Taurus has some funny stories about a guy named Jimmy, and Leos will be eaten by gigantic land shrimp.

Usually, horoscopes are about as broad as possible, so that anyone can feel like it applies to them. In fiction, however, it's often more entertaining to have horoscopes that describe something totally insane, either to prove how accurate the horoscope is or just to keep people on their toes.

Examples

Comic Books
  • Archie Comics liked this. Big Ethel was on the beach when she read her horoscope that said she'd meet a pair of stars today. Swooning with anticipation of meeting the likes of Paul Newman, a wave suddenly crashes over her. When the water recedes, two starfish are clinging to her. Another example: Veronica was on a tennis court, hoping to win a tennis match and thus a winning "cup". Her horoscope says she will definitely get a cup today. But her hopes are dashed when Archie approaches and offers her a cup... of coffee or tea.

Literature
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency has a horoscope writer for the local paper who knew Dirk at university, and always aims his horoscopes at Dirk.
  • In Good Omens, the local newspaper serving Tadfield has a surprisingly specific horoscope for Libra, on the day the apocalypse begins. This is just after a discussion of late medieval Bishop Usher's great contribution to Creationism, in which he conclusively worked out from Biblical revelation that God created Earth in October, 4004 B.C. Which makes the Earth a Libra...
  • In The Light Fantastic, the University's astrologer reads Rincewind's horoscope in hope of tracking down his location. It rambles a bit, but warns those born under the Small Boring Group of Faint Stars not to annoy any druids twice, which is very good advice for someone in Rincewind's circumstances that day.

Live-Action TV
  • Black Hole High. Lucas shoved off a school assignment and submitted silly horoscope predictions to the school paper instead of a serious article and made them obviously about his friends. Because the school sits on a do-anything-black hole they came true. And he made a typo saying one of them would die rather than diet.
  • In the first episode of the Dirk Gently TV show, one of the cases involves a man whose horoscopes are always coming true. Gently tries to convince him that it's a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - he had an affair because the horoscope said he would, not because he wanted one.
  • Full House "A Pinch For A Pinch" where Kimmy did horoscopes and Stephanie's was he day would start off with good fortune, then and unpleasant surprise at school, finally a misunderstanding will occur at home. It spooks Stephanie when the predictions start to come true.
  • A skit on the 80s UK sketch show Little and Large had Eddie Large impersonating 80s UK fortune-teller Russell Grant, with increasingly specific and bizarre horoscopes, including "And tomorrow, you will die".
  • A variation on Monty Python's Flying Circus, where the newspaper prints horoscopes for strangely specific dates of birth.
    • Derry & Toms: April 29 to March 22 (even dates only): You have green, scaly skin, and a soft yellow underbelly with a series of fin-like ridges running down your spine and tail. Although lizardlike in shape, you can grow anything up to thirty feet in length with huge teeth that can bite off great rocks and trees. You inhabit arid sub-tropical zones and wear spectacles.
    • Basil: June 21 to June 22: You have green, scaly skin, and a soft yellow underbelly with a series of fin-like ridges running down your spine and tail....
    • Aquarius, while not being noted as having an out of the ordinary date, has the horoscope "Roger Moore will drop in for lunch, bringing Tony Curtis with him. In the afternoon a substantial cash sum will come your way. In the evening Petula Clark will visit your home accompanied by The Mike Sammes singers. She will sing for you in your own living room. Before you go to bed, Peter Wyngarde will come and declare his undying love for you."
  • There was one episode in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide where Cookie writes the horoscope for the school paper. When he sees that everyone do exactly as told, he begins to have fun with it.
  • One episode of Psych has Shawn going semi-undercover at the local paper as a horoscope writer. When Gus criticizes his horoscopes for being too specific, Shawn replies that he wrote them with specific people in mind.

Music
  • The entire point of "Weird Al" Yankovic's Your Horoscope For Today, in which Aquarius are told that their tongue will be frozen to the back of a speeding bus, Pisces are the true lord of the dance (no matter what those idiots at work say), and Cancer should spend the rest of the week face down in the mud because of the position of Jupiter. Among many, many more.

Newspaper Comics
  • One brief FoxTrot arc had Jason trying his hand at writing horoscopes, claiming that the ones in the newspaper were too vague to be of help to anyone:
    Jason: They need clear-cut instructions. With mine, there'll be no ambiguity at all.
    Peter: [reading Jason's writing] "Scorpio: Give Jason Fox all your money."
    Jason: Hee hee. Bill Gates is a Scorpio.
  • Huey in The Boondocks would always right off his horror scope as ridiculous despite it basically describing his current situation and a sensible solution to it every single time Caesar read it. Caesar's was similar only he put stock it them, so naturally they gave no solutions.

Podcast
  • Episode six of Welcome to Night Vale features a horoscopes section where each of the zodiac signs are given increasingly odd/hilarious horoscopes. Among other things, Cecil warns Capricorns that "those were not contact lenses you put in this morning", announces that its Taurus's "annual crime day" where they're exempt from all laws, and simply curses Scorpios and their families and calls them "vile" for no understandable reason.

Radio
  • The D Generation radio show had a horoscope sketch where the horoscopes started of as the normal generalities but became odder and more specific as the announcer moved along the zodiac, including "Do not eat sharp metal objects", "Beware of people who say they want to hack you death with an electric chainsaw", and "You owe me twenty bucks".

Web Original
  • The Onion loves this one. Every issue has an insane horoscope.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XI - G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad" involves Homer's horoscope saying that he will die today. Worried, Marge looks at her horoscope, which says that her husband will die!
  • The "To Live and Die in Dixie" episode of Family Guy has a criminal robbing a convenience store, but he's told that the cash register won't open unless he makes a purchase.
    Crook: Alright, give me one of those Horoscope scrolls! ..."Financial transaction benefits you today." Ooooh!
    Clerk: Weirrrrrd.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    Doofenshmirtz: Shot in the butt while covered in honey and hair. What do you know, my horoscope was right.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode, "Carpet Diem" while Old Man Mc Gucket was chasing Soos in Waddle's body.
    Deputy Durland: A bearded witch chasing a talking pig!
    Sheriff Blubs: My horoscope came true.
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • January 15, 2014
    TheTitan99
    • One Halloween Episode in The Simpsons involved Homer's horoscope saying that he would die today. Worried, Marge looked at her horoscope, which then said that her husband would die!
  • January 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    See also the ykttw Horrorscope.
  • January 15, 2014
    paycheckgurl
    • Black Hole High: Lucas shoved off a school assignment and submitted silly horoscope predictions to the school paper instead of a serious article and made them obviously about his friends. Because the school sits on a do-anything-black hole they came true. And he made a typo saying one of them would die rather than diet.

    Real life
    • This is really common in some teen magazines that will state something like "you will have a fight with your man". This becomes increasing amusing when the reader is single, a lesbian, or a man.
  • January 15, 2014
    Dalillama
  • January 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In the first episode of Dirk Gently one of the cases involves a man whose horoscopes are always coming true. Gently tries to convince him that it's a Self Fulfilling Prophecy - he had an affair because the horoscope said he would, not because he wanted one.
  • January 16, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 16, 2014
    Arivne
    Formatted Examples section, namespaced and italicized work titles.
  • January 16, 2014
    Laukku
    • Lampshaded in the original Gabriel Knight game. Gabe reads his horoscope almost every day of the 10 day period, and it's always eerily accurate to what he's going through. At the end of the game, on day 10, when he reads his incredibly doomy-sounding horoscope, he remarks, "There's a schoolteacher somewhere who's really confused."
  • January 16, 2014
    DaibhidC
    • A skit on the 80s UK sketch show Little and Large had Eddie Large impersonating 80s UK fortune-teller Russell Grant, with increasingly specific and bizarre horoscopes, including "And tomorrow, you will die".
  • January 16, 2014
    megahello
    I believe there was an early episode of the anime Girls bravo where Lisa Fukuyama concludes Yukinari is her soul mate from this.
  • January 16, 2014
    AgProv
    In Good Omens, the local newspaper serving Tadfield has a surprisingly specific horoscope for Libra, on the day the apocalypse begins. This is just after a discussion of late mediaeval Bishop Usher's great contribution to Creationism, in which he conclusively worked out from Biblical revelation that God created Earth in October, 4004 B.C. Which makes the Earth a Libra...
  • January 17, 2014
    surgoshan
    • One episode of Psych has Shawn going semi-undercover at the local paper as a horoscope writer. When Gus criticizes his horoscopes for being too specific, Shawn replies that he wrote them with specific people in mind.
  • January 25, 2014
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Cleaned up a little bit of markup on The Simpsons, and added the name of the Weird Al song.
  • January 25, 2014
    DRCEQ
    • An episode of Family Guy has a criminal robbing a convenience store, but he's told that the cash register won't open unless he makes a purchase.
      Crook: Alright, give me one of those Horoscope scrolls! ..."Financial transaction benefits you today." Ooooh! Clerk: Weirrrrrd.
  • January 26, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In The Light Fantastic, the University's astrologer reads Rincewind's horoscope in hope of tracking down his location. It rambles a bit, but warns those born under the Small Boring Group of Faint Stars not to annoy any druids twice, which is very good advice for someone in Rincewind's circumstances that day.
  • March 30, 2014
    GuesssWho
    Bump
  • March 30, 2014
    MetaFour
    I recall a Sprite Comic that used this joke, but not the name of the comic. (It wasn't Bob And George, but it was hosted on the Bob and George website.) Anyway, the protagonist was explaining that you should only believe your horoscope when it's bizarrely specific. The example given is a man whose horoscope just reads "Buy chickenfeed." One day later, his house is inexplicably full of chickens.
  • April 22, 2014
    GuesssWho
    This seems ready to me. Anyone else think so?
  • April 22, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I think you should still try to flesh out the relations to other similar tropes, like the Prophecies Are Always Right that DAN mentioned earlier.
  • April 22, 2014
    Mozgwsloiku
    My mother got one the day our father died.
  • April 26, 2014
    ridicumouse
    Another Real Life example - an old flatmate used to write the horoscopes for our university newspaper. She based her predictions for eleven* of the star signs on herself and her friends, so for a couple of years I would get ridiculously specific and accurate predictions in my horoscope about things like needing to buy more milk.

    • She didn't know any Capricorns, so eleven of the star signs had really mundane predictions and she filled the ones for Capricorn with over the top ridiculous stuff about space travel and superpowers.
  • April 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^, ^^ those kind of examples belong in Troper Tales. Which we no longer have.
  • April 28, 2014
    MonaNaito
    Comic Strips
    • One brief Fox Trot arc had Jason trying his hand at writing horoscopes, claiming that the ones in the newspaper were too vague to be of help to anyone:
      Jason: They need clear-cut instructions. With mine, there'll be no ambiguity at all.
      Peter: [reading Jason's writing] "Scorpio: Give Jason Fox all your money."
      Jason: Hee hee. Bill Gates is a Scorpio.
  • April 28, 2014
    ElBuenCuate
    Live Action TV
    • There was one episode in Ned Declassified School Guide where Cookie writes the horoscope for the school paper. When he sees that everyone do exactly as told, he begins to have fun with it.
  • April 28, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Is this generalisable to oddly specific prophecies, too? If so, there's another example in The Light Fantastic: the trolls' ancient prophecy, "When the red star lights the sky, Rincewind the wizard will come looking for onions. Do not bite him. It is very important that you help him stay alive."
  • April 29, 2014
    foxley
    The D Generation radio show had a horoscope sketch where the horoscopes started of as the normal generalities but became odder and more specific as the announcer moved along the zodiac, including "Do not eat sharp metal objects", "Beware of people who say they want to hack you death with an electric chainsaw", and "You owe me twenty bucks".
  • April 29, 2014
    SquirrelGuy
    Archie Comics liked this. Big Ethel was on the beach when she read her horoscope that said she'd meet a pair of stars today. Swooning with anticipation of meeting the likes of Paul Newman, a wave suddenly crashes over her. When the water recedes, two starfish are clinging to her. Another example: Veronica was on a tennis court, hoping to win a tennis match and thus a winning "cup". Her horoscope says she will definitely get a cup today. But her hopes are dashed when Archie approaches and offers her a cup... of coffee or tea.
  • April 30, 2014
    ClockStopping
    • The entire point of Weird Al Yankovic's Your Horoscope For Today, in which Aquarius are told that their tongue will be frozen to the back of a speeding bus, Pisces are the true lord of the dance (no matter what those idiots at work say), and Cancer should spend the rest of the week face down in the mud because of the position of Jupiter. Among many, many more.
  • April 30, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ those looks more like Prophecy Twist.
  • May 9, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • A variation on Monty Pythons Flying Circus, where the newspaper prints horoscopes for strangely specific dates of birth.
      • Derry & Toms: April 29 to March 22 (even dates only): You have green, scaly skin, and a soft yellow underbelly with a series of fin-like ridges running down your spine and tail. Although lizardlike in shape, you can grow anything up to thirty feet in length with huge teeth that can bite off great rocks and trees. You inhabit arid sub-tropical zones and wear spectacles.
      • Basil: June 21 to June 22: You have green, scaly skin, and a soft yellow underbelly with a series of fin-like ridges running down your spine and tail....
      • Aquarius, while not being noted as having an out of the ordinary date, has the horoscope "Roger Moore will drop in for lunch, bringing Tony Curtis with him. In the afternoon a substantial cash sum will come your way. In the evening Petula Clark will visit your home accompanied by The Mike Sammes singers. She will sing for you in your own living room. Before you go to bed, Peter Wyngarde will come and declare his undying love for you."
  • June 30, 2014
    XFllo
    Bumping... it could be launched soon.
  • August 1, 2014
    XFllo
    Another bump so it doesn't get buried again.
  • August 1, 2014
    DAN004
    I believe mr. Jormis is still around.
  • August 1, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Huey in The Boondocks would always right off his horror scope as ridiculous despite it basically describing his current situation and a sensible solution to it every single time Caesar read it. Caesar's was similar only he put stock it them, so naturally they gave no solutions.
  • August 2, 2014
    jormis29
    ^^Am I?
  • August 2, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ would you like to add examples and then launch this?
  • August 2, 2014
    TotalDramaRox97
    Full House "A Pinch For A Pinch" where Kimmy did horoscopes and Stephanie's was he day would start off with good fortune, then and unpleasant surprise at school, finally a misunderstanding will occur at home. Ironically all of that happened.
  • August 2, 2014
    jormis29
    ^ I do not think that is the correct use of Irony
  • October 10, 2015
    DAN004

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