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3/16/10 9:37 A

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Superstitions are a normal human phenomenon, stemming from our mind's attempt to categorize and connect events together. We remember bad things more easily than good things (so we can avoid them), and thus more connections are made between seemingly unrelated events and bad events.

One "superstition" I had for a while was peanuts and chicken. I had some bad kung pao chicken shortly after eating some peanuts as a snack, and got very sick. For a few years I refused to eat not only kung pao chicken but peanuts as well, until I convinced myself there was no connection between the peanuts and poorly-prepared takeout.

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3/13/10 12:04 A

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I'm glad I asked this question, these are really interesting. (I always check up on threads, my other favourite was the pizza thread.)

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3/12/10 6:33 P

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3/12/10 3:47 P

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isn't the gnocchi thing on the 29th (St genaro's day?).

Oh there is the thing with 12 green grapes at midnight on news year eve....

If you pass a baby trough a window, the baby will grow up to be a criminal.

If you leave your flip flops upside down (with the sole showing) your mother will die.



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3/12/10 3:43 P

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Semi-superstitious about New Years Eve.
What you do - is what you will do all year.

My rational mind says poppycock but ...
Oh and I also eat herring on New Years Eve.

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3/12/10 1:33 P

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I think the only superstition I used to enjoy having was jumping seven waves and eating pomegranate seeds on new years day.
And of course, eatinh gnocchi on February 23rd, with money bill under the plate. It was fun!!

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3/12/10 12:17 P

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Every New Year's eve, (this is easy if you go out someplace before midnight & come back in the New Year!) You take your purse or wallet and put it outside the door of your house that you usually come in and out of before midnight & after midnight bring it in...then you have money coming in the house all year long! When we lived in the country this was way easy if we stayed in but now that I live in the city, I'm outside with it just seconds before & go right in after (if I stay in). It always seems to work! lol!!!

Superstitions always remind me of baseball players - the most superstitious of all the sports think Bull Durham!

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3/12/10 12:06 P

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Not really superstitious but I work nights in a nursing home and we never say the Q word (quiet night), we say it is calm at the moment.

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3/12/10 11:54 A

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oh! I can tell you very weird superstitions.... LOL

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3/12/10 11:44 A

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Interesting, I didn't know about the floor/money thing.

"I like giants. Especially girl giants. 'Cause all girls feel too big sometimes regardless of their size." - from I like Giants, by Kimya Dawson.

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3/12/10 11:29 A

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Not really. Although there are things I do. I come from a very superstitious country and some things just became a "has to do". I also knock on wood. I don't put my back pack on the floor (it scares money away!) but I really do not believe this things make any difference at all.

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3/12/10 11:14 A

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Hello again,

Are you superstitious about anything? Are there any superstition related rituals that you usually adhere to?

I always "knock on wood" or whatever happens to be available whenever I or someone else mentions that something is going well. I'm not even sure why we knock on wood. (I know it is gesture intended not to tempt fate, but why knocking and why wood?) I know the origins of some other superstitious traditions but not this one, so if anyone knows I'd love to learn.

"I like giants. Especially girl giants. 'Cause all girls feel too big sometimes regardless of their size." - from I like Giants, by Kimya Dawson.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFvRe_Zk3VI


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