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Politicians and leadersRarely rattled, snakes are calm under pressure and prized for their ability to do business without blinking. Few people can claim to have been in more of a tricky predicament than famous snake JFK, who managed not to blink even when the Soviets had the business end of a nuclear armada pointed at him during the Cuban Missile crisis. Another equally confident snake was Elizabeth the 1st who stared down the Pope, the Spanish Armada and a society who thought all women were good for was a life in the kitchen to become one of England’s best remembered monarchs.
But not all snakes have mastered the better side of their nature. Dick Cheney has a reputation for fancy footwork when it comes to promoting his interests and baring his fangs when things don’t go his way. Do snakes have a habit of stabbing others in the back? Well Dick uses a shotgun.
Actors and actressesWhile not outwardly emotional, snakes are prone to tempestuous outbursts when all of the anger they have bottled up inside comes pouring out. Step forward Year of the Snake Man of the Year Mr Charlie Sheen who seems to slide from one hot tempered rant to another.
Snakes also suffer from short attention spans and need new challenges to stay interested which might explain why Daniel Radcliffe is keen to distance himself from the boy wizard Harry Potter and why Marlon Brando put his hand up for every film from the Godfather to Superman II.
Snakes are often criticised for being inflexible but praised for having the inner strength to stand up for what they believe in and for others, characteristics that are well represented by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City and Liv Tyler as Arwen in Lord of the Rings.
Musicians, Artists and WritersWhile snakes are renowned for their high taste in the arts and their appreciation for the finer points of culture that doesn’t seem to have stopped Ronan Keating slipping his way onto our list although more encouragingly he’s joined by celebrated grumbler Bob Dylan.
James Joyce and Pablo Picasso point to more fine minds amongst snakes although there is no denying a definite and defiant strike of individualism to their works, making it unsurprising that the pair share the stage with revolutionary writer Virginia Wolf.
It would be remiss of us not to mention arguably the greatest snake of all; Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster embodies many of the great attributes above not least of all an inner strength that lets him ‘hulk up’ and escape even the direst situation.
If you’re not sure which animal in the Chinese horoscope represents you, match your birth year in our guide to Chinese New Year zodiac signs. Already know? Take a peek at our year of the Snake Chinese New Year horoscopes where we reveal want the next 12 months are likely to hold.