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May 26, 2007

Is there any sense in superstitions?

The Edge, May 26, 2007

Some people scoff at the suggestion of superstitions, others swear by them—and are later made to wash their mouth out with soap by their mother. Like it or not, every superstition has some truth to it, if the circumstances are right.

The superstitions below can be scientifically proven:
  • It’s good luck to find a four leaf clover if you’re a hungry ladybug.
  • It’s good luck to have a rabbit’s foot when you’re a rabbit. (Having two or more is even better luck for the rabbit.)
  • It’s good luck to cross your fingers if someone’s offering a four finger discount.
  • When you see a shooting star you can make a wish and if your wish actually happens, it has come true.
  • Bad things come in threes when your sister visits with her ADHD triplets.
  • Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck if you run you car into the back of a circus animal truck.
  • It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder if there’s a painter with hypothermia up it.
  • It’s bad luck if a black cat passes in front of you when you’re a mouse without legs.
  • It’s bad luck if you break a mirror while living in a lighthouse.
  • It’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors if you’re in a small but expensive china shop.
  • It’s bad luck to step on a crack in the footpath if the crack is bigger than your foot and the path leads over a septic tank.
  • It’s bad luck to have a horseshoe nailed on the wall with its ends pointing down if you're the horse still wearing the horseshoe.

As you can see, all superstitions are fully valid—given the right circumstances.

The one superstition you need to remember most is the bad luck that comes by not sharing your faith with your friends (for them, not you).

Interesting Fact: The first person to invent a superstition never actually went ahead with the invention for fear it would bring them bad luck.

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