Now, Lisa‘s blog post had nothing to do with the name of this bank, apparently everyone in the Midwest knows of it. Afterall, Fifth Third Bank has been around for about 100 years before I was even born. But what’s up with the name 5/3?
Why not 1- 2/3 or 123?
Apparently Fifth Third's unusual name is the result of the merger of two banks, The Fifth National Bank and The Third National Bank. They say that because the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist ideas were gaining popularity, it was believed that "Fifth Third" was better than "Third Fifth," which could be construed as a reference to three "fifths" of alcohol. Thank you Wikipedia.
Personally, I’d rather have five-thirds of something than three-fifths, so the name’s cool with me. And hey, 5 + 3 = 8; and eight’s my favorite number.
Maybe I’ll open an on-line account, but not yet. I think I’ll wait till tomorrow, say eight seconds after 8:08.