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Old 08-02-12, 11:44 AM   #1
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Are you superstitious?

My nephew recently explained his practice of water witching. I couldn't help it...I busted out laughing. Just a bit too Jed Clampett for me.

So no, I am not. I have no favorite number. Don't give a rip about walking under ladders or black cats crossing my path.
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42 is a good number
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I threw a bit of salt over my shoulder before opening this thread just to be safe, but no, I am not superstitious. I do however like Pete Huttlinger.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 08-02-12, 01:01 PM   #4
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Only one. I believe in the 'Just once' curse.

That is the one where 'Just once' you ride without a helmet. Or do something where you would normally use safety glasses. Or anything else like that.

Those who never take precautions can go just fine for years. But those who normally use precautions can't forget, not even once. Cuz if yuo do you will get bit.
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Old 08-02-12, 01:08 PM   #5
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Keith, I wonder if the Just Once curse is related to the Just Riding Along curse that bike mechanics hear so much.

So I was just riding along and my deraileur went into my spokes.....
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Old 08-02-12, 01:25 PM   #6
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Only one. I believe in the 'Just once' curse.
A friend used a version of this to explain why he continued to buy lottery tickets even though he agreed that the odds made them a terrible deal.

He had been buying tickets with the same set of numbers regularly in college. He felt that if he quit doing so and those numbers were to come up as the big winners then he'd feel so bad about it he might kill himself. So that made the risk of not buying a ticket too great.
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I generally have good luck on Friday the 13.

666 has got to be the most misunderstood number on the planet.

I used to have a license plate number that was 666 BCG. My mother used to remember it as 666, before christ god. My friend who interned one summer at the DMV told me that they always had a hard time getting rid of any plate with 666 in the number.
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By the way, you should never, ever, ever create a poll in foo and not follow it's direction. The fate of those who have is not known.
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I think more people are superstitious than will admit, even over the internet, but no, I am a man of science. I do believe in self fulfilling prophecies though, which I believe has extended superstitions like friday the 13th and whatnot. Man I use "whatnot" way too much, I think I'm addicted.
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I'm not superstitious. I own a black cat. I don't care about Friday the 13th, ladders, or cracks in the sidewalk. However, there are some things that I KNOW.

NEVER work the ER shift on a full moon night. Everything seizures. The clients and the animals are all crazy. Anything with schitzophrenic tendencies comes out. Better to stay home where it's safe.

NEVER take "one last run" when out skiing. That's death. That's always the run where you will crash/blow out your knee/get caught in an avalanche.

Don't ever do a surgery not wearing your own personal surgery hat. For some reason, it upsets the surgery gods--kinda like the flat fairy--and makes everything go wrong. Wear a generic hat, or worse, someone else's hat, and your patient is guaranteed to be a bleeder, or it's fracture won't reduce, or some other nonsense. I don't know why, it just is.
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A coworker of mine once witched a waterline with two bent welding rods. I had never seen it done before. Then he had me do it. It worked for me too. It was the darndest thing.
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NEVER work the ER shift on a full moon night. Everything seizures. The clients and the animals are all crazy. Anything with schitzophrenic tendencies comes out. Better to stay home where it's safe.
Of course a number of studies have been done to check on this widespread belief. AFAIK, they have failed to find evidence to confirm it:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15166467
http://www.livescience.com/7899-moon...r-effects.html

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NEVER take "one last run" when out skiing. That's death. That's always the run where you will crash/blow out your knee/get caught in an avalanche.
True - very few fatalities have occurred on a person's second to the last run of the day.
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I have a sillly little ritual that I do right before hopping in bed. It includes getting a sip of water, and if I don't do that, I feel kinda uneasy. It's such an automatic thing that sometimes I don't even consciously recall if I took my sip or not. I'm also wary of "just one more time", though I guess that only applies when I'm messing around on the bmx. I'll say to myself, "well, let me try that trick one more time before I go home", but then get paranoid about hurting myself that last time, so I usually just go on home without that last attempt. I'm awful at the stuntin' anyway, though, so I reckon there's really nothing to worry about.

But yeah, to black cats, 13, stepping on cracks, etc. I say MEH.
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I'm not superstitious. I own a black cat. I don't care about Friday the 13th, ladders, or cracks in the sidewalk. However, there are some things that I KNOW.

NEVER work the ER shift on a full moon night. Everything seizures. The clients and the animals are all crazy. Anything with schitzophrenic tendencies comes out. Better to stay home where it's safe.

NEVER take "one last run" when out skiing. That's death. That's always the run where you will crash/blow out your knee/get caught in an avalanche.

Don't ever do a surgery not wearing your own personal surgery hat. For some reason, it upsets the surgery gods--kinda like the flat fairy--and makes everything go wrong. Wear a generic hat, or worse, someone else's hat, and your patient is guaranteed to be a bleeder, or it's fracture won't reduce, or some other nonsense. I don't know why, it just is.
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog...-full-moo.html

It is proven, at least for veterinary patients...

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have you posted that link before cocar? I swear this is at least the second, if not the third or fourth time I'm reading that article, directed from Foo.
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have you posted that link before cocar? I swear this is at least the second, if not the third or fourth time I'm reading that article, directed from Foo.
deja vu is superstitious
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deja vu is superstitious
Not exactly, it's a phenomena of the feelings/memory.... and a phenomena by definition is something that is documented to exist. I didn't even have to wikipedia that, because I have read the wikipedia on Deja Vu a few times, lol. I'm a frequent sufferer... I think it might just be because I read too fast. But I know I have read that article before, probably in my own curiosity about the full moon "superstition."
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actually scratch that, deja vu itself isn't superstition, but the feelings related to it can be superstitious
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NEVER work the ER shift on a full moon night. Everything seizures. The clients and the animals are all crazy. Anything with schitzophrenic tendencies comes out. Better to stay home where it's safe.
I used to work as a lead in Covidiens call center. Trust me, there is something to the full moon theory. We'd get the strangest calls around the full moon every month. I used to joke with co-workers and other people noticed it as well.
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have you posted that link before cocar? I swear this is at least the second, if not the third or fourth time I'm reading that article, directed from Foo.
No, not me.
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Not exactly, it's a phenomena of the feelings/memory.... and a phenomena by definition is something that is documented to exist. I didn't even have to wikipedia that, because I have read the wikipedia on Deja Vu a few times, lol. I'm a frequent sufferer... I think it might just be because I read too fast. But I know I have read that article before, probably in my own curiosity about the full moon "superstition."
Interesting theory. I'm also a frequent sufferer, and a very fast reader. I'm an even more frequent sufferer of jamais vu, I STILL have some aphasia 2 years post stroke--it's partially from the stroke, and partially a side affect of the topomax that I take to control migraines. But it's SO frustrating. The kind I have makes me misidentify nouns--usually I can't remember the name of whatever it is--and instead I will substitute some other word that starts with the same letter, but makes absolutely no sense. Makes me sound like an idiot on a regular basis.
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42 is a good number
So is potato.
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Interesting theory. I'm also a frequent sufferer, and a very fast reader. I'm an even more frequent sufferer of jamais vu, I STILL have some aphasia 2 years post stroke--it's partially from the stroke, and partially a side affect of the topomax that I take to control migraines. But it's SO frustrating. The kind I have makes me misidentify nouns--usually I can't remember the name of whatever it is--and instead I will substitute some other word that starts with the same letter, but makes absolutely no sense. Makes me sound like an idiot on a regular basis.
I had a brain tumor a few years back and experienced some temporary symptoms like that. Very frustrating.
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