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cafe
8 Apr 2007, 06:33 PM
I did not read all of Seawolf's superstition thread, but I did read the OP and it got me to thinking and wondering if anyone besides me has superstitions.

My own most glaring superstition is the naming of pets. I now refrain from doing it completely. Any animal that I name is doomed to meet an unfortunate fate, so I no longer name our pets, including my own, beloved puppy three years ago. My mother thought of Heidi, and I thought it was fine, so Heidi she is.

Kyrielle
8 Apr 2007, 07:52 PM
I avoid stepping on those grates in the streets and parking lots. I am absolutely certain they will fall when I walk over them. Let's see, I also believe in the seven years of bad luck superstition with mirrors...in addition to walking under ladders, which is just not safe anyway. I feel like if I walk under a ladder, whoever is up on the ladder is doomed to drop something on my head. Oh yes, and I have reversed the superstition about black cats; I believe they are a sign of good luck as my day has always brightened after seeing a black cat.

Nightning
8 Apr 2007, 07:52 PM
*blinks* Power in names huh? I cannot disbelieve something that cannot be proven... does that consider as believe? If so then yes, I hold names in superstition. There are some thing I grudgingly have to accept as possible because of the things I have experienced. The question is does accepting possibilities mean you hold superstitious beliefs?

heirophant
8 Apr 2007, 11:50 PM
I'm not at all superstitious. I broke a mirror once when I was about 12 or 13 and remember my mother (who buys into all types of superstitious propaganda) telling me that I was going to be unlucky for 7 years - charming. I believe people make their own luck. Admittedly, some people do seem to have a worse time of it than others and whilst you could say that they're unlucky no amount of crack-dodging or obsessive ritual is going to alter their fortune.

That said I do derive some perverse pleasure from the mysteries of Murphy's Law, which is really just the manifestation of pessimistic optimism. ;)

venerationOFrabbits
9 Apr 2007, 12:40 AM
...

That said I do derive some perverse pleasure from the mysteries of Murphy's Law, which is really just the manifestation of pessimistic optimism. ;)

yes, Murphy was an optimist ... good one heirophant

always plan for the worst, that way nothing unexpectant happens

Axes
9 Apr 2007, 01:46 AM
I believe the number 13 to be quite lucky.

Birdsnest
9 Apr 2007, 02:09 AM
Me too. It is said to be lucky for some, and unlucky for others.

My silly superstitions are admittedly silly, and I often try to work my way out of them or do them anyway, but I still have them. I had a Portuguese grandmother on my Dads side, and so, we have quite a few that were passed down from generations. Some of these are oriental, as many Chinese and Japanese people are in Hawaii, and many superstitions are from there.

Never give knives or scissors or anything sharp as a gift. (Pay someone if they do).
Never give white and red flowers together. (Death wish).
(Feng Shui): Never have three doorways in a row open or put a mirror in your room where you sleep.
It is unlucky to hang things on door knobs.
Never put guests or your own purse on the bed or floor. (Makes you poor).
Never bring a single violet or purple flower into home, it is said to bring sorrow to you if you do.
(Its ok to have a violet or plant with lots of purple blooms, but never keep it in your house if there is a single purple flower).

Never bring a peacock feather into home.
Never bring a wandering jew plant, spider plant or marigold in home.
Never sweep house after dark, and especially not on new years.
Never toss water out in the yard in the dark, (spirits will get upset if you do).
Never whistle after dark.
If you see a black crow or black bird on the ground, spit as you pass.
If a black cat crosses path, swear at it.
Toss salt over left shoulder if any salt spills.
Don't walk under ladders, try not to break mirrors.
Never eat pork on Friday, or carry pork while traveling. (Ghosts will follow).
Don't open umbrellas indoors.
Don't hang around banana plants after dark. (Ghosts).
Never share Friday night dream on Saturday morning if it is a bad dream, but share if you want it to come true. (Friday nights dream on Saturday told, is sure to come true, as good as gold.)

If you say something simultaneously while someone else says it, its bad luck unless you have this dialogue with them:

Needles
Pins
Triplets
Twins
When a man marries
His trouble begins.
What goes up the chimney?
Smoke.
Knives
Forks
Longfellow
Shortfellow
Lock your pinky fingers together and say "THUMBS" simultaneously, and this exersize clears you.

The ones above are all things I've heard from other people.

Varelse
9 Apr 2007, 02:19 AM
That said I do derive some perverse pleasure from the mysteries of Murphy's Law, which is really just the manifestation of pessimistic optimism. ;)Precisely. I don't have superstitions, merely pessimism.

nfinityi
9 Apr 2007, 02:31 AM
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

bluebell
9 Apr 2007, 02:35 AM
For those of you with superstitions (other than the pessimistic Murphy's Law stuff ;) ) - have you ever tried to overcome them? And do you believe they are real? Or do you believe that they're probably not real but you can't stop doing them? I'm curious.

cafe
9 Apr 2007, 02:40 AM
I don't believe mine is rational, but too many animals I've named have come to bad ends while the ones that I have not have been fine. I don't know why it is, but I'm not going to try to overcome it at the cost of living things. Maybe I'll name one of my tomato plants this summer.

nfinityi
9 Apr 2007, 02:43 AM
Oh, and whenever I listen to that song "Perfect Day" by Hoku, I swear to God, something terrible always happens within 24 hours.

Birdsnest
9 Apr 2007, 03:03 AM
The thing about animal names, is that you aren't supposed to name an animal with a human name. Use a pet name instead. And if you name them do NOT chose a name that starts with J or they will wander. M names will be homebodies, J names will not and will always be running away. That works for people too, J people are party people and love to go out, M people like to stay home.

heirophant
9 Apr 2007, 03:06 AM
The thing about animal names, is that you aren't supposed to name an animal with a human name. Use a pet name instead. And if you name them do NOT chose a name that starts with J or they will wander. M names will be homebodies, J names will not and will always be running away. That works for people too, J people are party people and love to go out, M people like to stay home.

Honey, what's that white stuff on your cornflakes? I want some... ;)

Birdsnest
9 Apr 2007, 03:09 AM
:) I wish it was my imagination, but its all from books. I used to visit an East West Metaphysical bookstore a lot, and I know it sounds strange, but I've read all this stuff from books in that bookshop. http://www.eastwest.com/

http://www.eastwestbookshop.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

Yeah, its a bit far out, but I like to read, what can I say.

http://www.michellewhitedove.com/audio.php

http://www.galactic7radio.com/nowplaying.php

http://www.galactic7radio.com/

ATPB
9 Apr 2007, 04:43 AM
My basic view on superstition is that it's probably safer to follow them than not, even if they're most likely a load of tosh. No harm done being superstitious I suppose...

Some of them are actually quite sensible - don't walk under ladders ( ladders slip and people drop stuff...), avoid walking on stanks/grates (I picked this up from a little girl one day many years ago, and I tend to adhere to it without fail... it makes sense as well (they could collapse)), don't smash mirrors (you could hurt yourself).

There's a random one that my mum told me of one time - don't look at the full moon through glass/a window. It doesn't seem to have any long-term safety ulterior motive like others could be said to have, and I've never heard of this superstition from anyone else ever, but nevertheless, I feel irked when I see the full moon through a window. I don't think it's a very fair superstition as it's near unavoidable. I wish she'd never told me. :p

That said, I don't think I've got too many superstitions, and I don't really believe in them at all. I don't actually like reading these sort of threads/superstitions, because I feel I pick them up and then feel irked if I don't adhere to them! Madness.

Edit: Hey, I'm in the wrong place! :D

naruto littles helpers.jpeg
9 Apr 2007, 04:44 AM
i sometiimes think that i may die at any moment. the day-lit sky looks heavy and the night even heavier. will it fall upon me? and where will i hide? what bunker could hold its weight from pressing and pouring me all across the ground?

the weightiest matter is seen as the lightest!

Kyrielle
9 Apr 2007, 05:24 AM
For those of you with superstitions (other than the pessimistic Murphy's Law stuff ;) ) - have you ever tried to overcome them? And do you believe they are real? Or do you believe that they're probably not real but you can't stop doing them? I'm curious.

I've stopped the umbrellas indoors superstition and the do not step on cracks (though I still wince a little when I do it). I stopped holding my breath or being careful not to sneeze when passing graveyards.

On further note, I feel that crows and any black birds that look like crows are powerful and potentially bad luck.

Some of them I felt were inconvenient. The others I hold onto because...I don't know. I think on some level they are real...in the same way I think ghosts and spirits and monsters are real: they are there on the border of reality waiting patiently for a small hole in the wall to appear so they can creep through.

Runvardh
9 Apr 2007, 06:08 AM
I have bad luck no matter what so I've kinda said fuck superstition and worked with concious rational risk reduction. Come ye demon of Hell, I brandish my blade in spite of thee.

Zergling
9 Apr 2007, 09:36 PM
I never look up test scores on the internet unless I have seen them on paper or unless there is no other way to see them (Such as finals.)

When I was first taking calculus classes during high school (but the classes were at a college.), it would often happen that scores I saw first on the internet would be bad, and ones I saw on paper first would be good. The habit has stuck around, even though the pattern has been broken a number of times.

notjeffgoldblum
7 Sep 2008, 08:39 AM
I try to make it a point to destroy ALL of my superstitions if I recognize them as such. Why is this in the vomitorium? :\

Oso Mocoso
7 Sep 2008, 08:48 AM
I try to make it a point to destroy ALL of my superstitions if I recognize them as such.

Same here.


Why is this in the vomitorium? :\

The thread was started by Cafe, who is a degenerate INFJ. Could you imagine what this forum would be like if they were given equal rights to a civilized INTP? LOL! Vomitorium, indeed. Those rougher types need a spillway to exit the coliseum.

Nunki
7 Sep 2008, 06:42 PM
I have a superstition against pessimistic anticipation. I feel that expecting a bad thing makes that thing more likely to happen, no matter what that thing is. For this reason, I get angry with pessimists when they're pessimistic about something that concerns me. When hoping for something, I strive for a healthy (not reckless) optimism.

Mercurial
7 Sep 2008, 10:44 PM
I have a superstition against pessimistic anticipation. I feel that expecting a bad thing makes that thing more likely to happen, no matter what that thing is. For this reason, I get angry with pessimists when they're pessimistic about something that concerns me. When hoping for something, I strive for a healthy (not reckless) optimism.

I see pessimistic anticipation as being hazardous by the possibility that it causes a subconscious mapping of a set of probability branches that the person then follows.

I don't see being aware of possible negative outcomes and pessimistic anticipation and the same thing; being aware is common sense while actively anticipating is a much higher level process that contaminates the flow of consciousness.

Nunki
7 Sep 2008, 11:14 PM
I see pessimistic anticipation as being hazardous by the possibility that it causes a subconscious mapping of a set of probability branches that the person then follows.

I don't see being aware of possible negative outcomes and pessimistic anticipation and the same thing; being aware is common sense while actively anticipating is a much higher level process that contaminates the flow of consciousness.My thoughts almost exactly. Well done.

Limey
8 Sep 2008, 12:25 AM
I'm not superstitious about anything, but I once wore a "life is good" T-shirt to travel in (to NW Arkansas) and I had a day that was very much a "planes trains and automobiles" type affair, (minus waking up in bed with a fat man).
I got well and truly shafted by American Airlines in Dallas (my connection) I was left commuting to a hotel in Dallas, listening to stories from a Nola-Katrina escapee/bus driver.
I'm not wearing one of those shirts again....

True Rune
3 Oct 2008, 07:22 AM
..Get too close to a squirrel and it'll claw your eyes out.

Helios
3 Oct 2008, 10:30 AM
Mine are insane!

I will never defer my holiday pay for an extra week of paid vaca the next year, because I think I'll lose my job the year I do.


I am think that any air travel is cursed untill the point that I hear a Madonna song. Which oddly almost ALWAYS happens prior to the first flight (eg check-in boarding,etc)


I really don't believe any of it, but I conform to it none the less. It is rather insane

Curtis24
3 Oct 2008, 01:56 PM
I believe in the 'do good to get good' idiom of Karma, but for a logical reason: if you 'do bad', you create feelings of guilt, which throw you off your game and make you screw up in life.

I guess some sociopaths are able to inflict harm without guilt, and these people become dictators, but most people can't.

djm
3 Oct 2008, 09:54 PM
The last time I walked under a ladder it fell of a scaffold and bounced off my head. Since then I have strictly adhered to the ancient superstition of not walking under them.

I also dislike owls if seen during daylight I consider them unlucky.

garak
3 Oct 2008, 10:05 PM
Superstition is stupid.

purveyor of truth
3 Oct 2008, 10:19 PM
Superstition is stupid.

I was wondering when someone would point this out.

djm
3 Oct 2008, 10:44 PM
Superstition is stupid.

Yes, but having ladders fall on your head when you walk under them is even more stupid :) If I had adhered to the superstition in the first place I would have saved myself three stitches in the head.

purveyor of truth
3 Oct 2008, 10:46 PM
Yes, but having ladders fall on your head when you walk under them is even more stupid :) If I had adhered to the superstition in the first place I would have saved myself three stitches in the head.

But if you had walked around the ladder you may have been run over by a bus, no?

cafe
3 Oct 2008, 10:49 PM
Superstition is stupid.
Probably, but interesting, nonetheless. It's funny how the brain creates causation from correlation. Kind of Pavlovian, really.

SERPENT7
8 Oct 2008, 07:41 AM
Don't touch my dice.
As a matter of fact, don't touch any players dice but you own.

Eryndil
8 Oct 2008, 02:46 PM
When I see a magpie on its own I say "Hello Mr Magpie, how's your wife?" I don't believe that anything bad will happen if I don't say it but I still say it every time! It's not like I grew up doing this - I only started after I heard about the susperstition a few years ago. I think I just like saying it!

Steak
9 Oct 2008, 05:43 AM
Superstition is stupid.

100% agreed

liquidicy
9 Oct 2008, 05:54 AM
I believe in a dice with infinite sides

Mercurial
9 Oct 2008, 10:50 PM
M&Ms packs must be ripped open from the top of the side the left 'M' is on with the ripped bit o' package not completely torn off, but left hanging or the world will be destroyed.

[rrriiiipppp *munch*munch*munch*]

Sorry folks, but the Apocalypse is coming early this year...

bottle
27 Nov 2008, 02:23 AM
I've got a number following me. I won't tell you which number it is, because it doesn't make much sense :-P

Limey
27 Nov 2008, 02:26 AM
I've got a number following me. I won't tell you which number it is, because it doesn't make much sense :-P

It's 48

karenk
27 Nov 2008, 02:35 AM
It's 48

I thought it was only following me....

bottle
27 Nov 2008, 02:40 AM
It's 48

Why in the world would it be 48?

EDIT: I mean, it's obviously not 48.

working title
27 Nov 2008, 02:44 AM
What are you guys, gypsies?

karenk
27 Nov 2008, 02:44 AM
Why in the world would it be 48?

EDIT: I mean, it's obviously not 48.

And it's obviously not standing right behind you.

bottle
27 Nov 2008, 02:49 AM
And it's obviously not standing right behind you.

At least I'll die with the music playing :headphone:

Limey
27 Nov 2008, 02:49 AM
Why in the world would it be 48?

EDIT: I mean, it's obviously not 48.

48k sinclair spectrum
48 Chipmunks, sittin' in a tree
48 bones in both feet (carry 4)
three years after the end of WORLD WAR II !
48-bit sound sampling (ALL NOISE!)

OzR
27 Nov 2008, 03:32 AM
48k sinclair spectrum
48 Chipmunks, sittin' in a tree
48 bones in both feet (carry 4)
three years after the end of WORLD WAR II !
48-bit sound sampling (ALL NOISE!)

Damn, somebody in the world, besides me, rembers such things???
(Original member Triangle Timex/Sinclair User's Group)
:):):)

Limey
27 Nov 2008, 03:52 AM
Damn, somebody in the world, besides me, rembers such things???
(Original member Triangle Timex/Sinclair User's Group)
:):):)

There was a torrent recently that was everything for the spectrum EVAR!
it was like a techporn walk down memory lane.
All of the Manic Miner and Jet set willy variants were in there, Gunship, skool daze, LOTR text adventures etc.
even all the cover tapes from all the magazines!
<J> LOAD ""
brraAARRRRP-BIP!

Toonia
27 Nov 2008, 04:17 AM
From what I understand superstitions are a response to anxiety and an attempt to control the chaos of reality. I have some of the Murphy's Law pessimism, and my own anxiety, but I don't seem to express it in superstitions. I suppose I might wear a lucky shirt or something if it reminds me of a time when I felt confident or succeeded, although I wouldn't wear it as a magic trick, but just as a reminder.