1. Florida

Why is Jar Jar Binks trending on Twitter? We found out.

Twenty years later, the galaxy’s most famous Gungan is having a moment and the internet is there for it.
STAR WARS -- Jar Jar Binks, a Gungan whose curiosity gets him into trouble, eyes some tasty food while walking through a open-air market in Mos Espa, a city on Tatooine in STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE. [Lucasfilm]
Published Jul. 8
Updated Jul. 8

Monday morning the internet rose to recognize the senator from Naboo.

Twenty years after Jar Jar Binks entered Star Wars canon in The Phantom Menace, becoming one of the saga’s most controversial and demeaned characters, the name was trending on Twitter Monday morning, which seemed to confuse many. And, in one of the most internety things that could possibly happen, Jar Jar Binks continued to trend on Twitter throughout the morning because everyone was asking why Jar Jar Binks was trending on Twitter.

Many began to speculate as to why, hoping it was a fanboy-pleasing revelation that Jar Jar was finally revealed as a mastermind Sith Lord who pulled one of the greatest grifts in galactic history.

He was, after all, responsible for one of the Galactic Senate’s most monumental motions when he proposed granting emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine for the creation of a clone army. Basically, Jar Jar is low-key responsible for creating the entire Galactic Empire and setting in motion all of Star Wars as we know it.

Some were just thankful he’s still alive.

Turns out, the source can be traced to a shared graphic on Twitter prompting people to pair an action based on their birth month with a character based on the first letter of their first name. Even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, got in on the action.

And as the Force would seem to have willed it, if your name starts with a "J" you get paired to Jar Jar Binks. According to Social Security Administration data compiled by the University of Chicago, J-names have had the lion’s share of frequency for nearly a century.

Data compiled by the University of Chicago shows the frequency of names starting with a given letter. [University of Chicgao]

Thus, the mystery of Jar Jar Binks trending on twitter is solved.


  1. Courtesy of Brightline Brightline's Bright Blue passes by the West Palm Beach Station. The rail line has proposed a route between Orlando and Tampa.
    The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, but her name has not been released.
  2. In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Super Stock-class raceboats make the turn in Key West Harbor during the first of three days of racing at the Race World Offshore Key West Championships on Nov. 6 in Key West. ROB O'NEAL  |  AP
    The decline of coral reefs is the cause for concern.
  3. FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks before the arrival of President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) JOHN MINCHILLO  |  AP
    University of Florida student body president Michael Murphy received a resolution for his impeachment Tuesday. Then the state’s Republican Party started an online petition and fundraiser.
  4. "Doctor" Jeremiah Corouthers, 8, puts a cast on a teddy bear with child life specialist Amanda Petryszak during the annual Doctors for a Day event in March at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. The burden of caregiving is increasingly falling on Florida families, according to an AARP report. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    There are nearly 3 million caregivers in Florida helping care for relatives, and it’s costing them time and money. But some help is on the way.
  5. Florida's unemployment rate was unchanged in October at 3.2 percent, according to numbers released Friday. LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP
    The latest numbers were released Friday morning.
  6. Maintainers prepare KC-135s refueling planes to be evacuated from MacDill Air Force Base in August. A new study predicts MacDill and other Florida bases will experience a sharp rise in the number of days when the heat index tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making it unsafe to be outside for extended periods. MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times
    MacDill Air Force Base is predicted to see big increases in days the heat index tops 100 degrees.
  7. Nov. 14• Arts & Entertainment
    A visitor feeds the pelicans at the Pier Bait House in St. Petersburg in 2010. Tampa Bay Times (2010)
    Plus, an expert explains how their pouches work, what to do if you catch one on a fishing hook and more.
  8. Pelicans sit on a pier along Boca Ciega Bay in Pass-a-Grille. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    An old limerick ignites a quest for recognition for the big-billed friends of the city.
  9. Sam's Club fulfillment center manager Nick Barbieri explains to a shopper how the new Scan & Go shop works at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway. SARA DINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Shoppers in Tampa Bay can now skip the line and cash out alcohol on their own phones.
  10. One of a pair of orphaned panther kittens is being examined by the staff at ZooTampa. The pair, named Pepper and Cypress, so far have shown no signs of the ailment that led to their mother's death, zoo officials said. Courtesy of ZooTampa
    The mother had to be euthanized because a mysterious ailment left her unable to walk.