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Are you superstitious?

outfctrloutfctrl Member UncommonPosts: 3,619

Do you believe in bad omens, good omens?   Do you have a lucky charm you keep with you?

I didnt belive in bad omens until one happened to me.  It happened on an early evening as I was driving down this country road.  A bluejay  flew into my windshield and was killed.  That night, I was drinking (as usual) got kinda drunk and stepped on my cockatiel that I had for 4 years and killed it.

Someone told me that when you kill a magpie, it is a sign something bad willhappen to you.  Well, Blujays are in the same family as magpies.  Here is what it says about magpies:

"A bird of misfortune indeed and this is especially so if you see one alone. It is however unlucky to kill a Magpie as some believe they are witches in the form of birds."

To this day, I worry about hitting a bird while I drive.

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  • 4uron4uron Member Posts: 55
    I don't believe in things like that. Many years ago people really had hard life, so many of them prayed to "god" and thought "it" would help them. That's the same thing with this bird, after someone killed one of them and something bad happened they started to think:  e.g."OMFGWTF? He killed magpie and broke his leg!!1" Or the same **** with the black cat..



    Well... I think people should use their own brain and not believe in things those were thought up many years ago.
  • MadAceMadAce Member Posts: 2,461
    I'm not superstitious except for always carrying a piece of string with me. On my wrist or in my wallet. I don't think it brings good luck (sadly) but it's more of a reminder of some things.
  • AvyonAvyon Member Posts: 34
    no and yes.. i think it helps when you have a connection to the superstitions.. my mom would tell me random stuff just for fun...



    like if the sky is orange.. be warned....



    silly stuff. but i think of it now and then.
  • ntcrawlerntcrawler Member Posts: 329
    I like to be on the safe side for some superstitions.



    Has any one ever heard of white lighters being bad luck? My friends used to chuck any white lighters that came in to there houses be it friend's or stranger's.
  • outfctrloutfctrl Member UncommonPosts: 3,619
    When I was in the Navy and we went through the Bermuda Triangle, the whole ship was nervous.  That was spooky.

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  • 8hammer88hammer8 Member Posts: 1,812

    I believe in the power of the human mind and supersitions plays a part in that.  I believe that some superstitions are just routines given a different name.  Take an athlete like myself, I would try to prepare the same before every game.  Someone could call me superstitious because I wanted to do every step the same each time, where as I see it as a routine to keep my body and mind in order.  

    Other superstitions are based off stories that lead the mind into self-fulfilling prophecies to a point.  What I mean is like if a "superstitious" person spills salt or walks under a ladder they think something bad will happen to them.  Without thinking about it (sub-conciously) they put themselves into positions where this could happen because that is all they think about.  Obviously there are lines to be drawn in this theory, but for the most part, the human brain is more powerful than most people give it credit for.

    "It is easier to be cruel than wise. The road to wisdom is long and difficult... so most people just turn out to be assholes" Feng (Christopher Walken)

  • mithrandir72mithrandir72 Member Posts: 1,286

    Well, I'm not quite sure if this is superstitious, but I sure as hell believe in good and bad luck. Also, some people are born lucky, and some are born unlucky. I used to carry around a good luck charm (Even though I'm pretty sure it had absolutely no bearing on my life), but things started going bad eventually, so I ditched it.

    Also, I do have a few little rituals that I do based on how my luck is going that day if I need something important to happen (Like, say a bowl game, or applying for a job, etc.).

    We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment;
    We are choosing to be here right now -Tool, Parabola

  • BrianshoBriansho Member UncommonPosts: 3,586
    Originally posted by outfctrl

    When I was in the Navy and we went through the Bermuda Triangle, the whole ship was nervous.  That was spooky.
    did any of the electrical equipment start acting weird?

    Don't be terrorized! You're more likely to die of a car accident, drowning, fire, or murder! More people die every year from prescription drugs than terrorism LOL!

  • MW2KMW2K Member UncommonPosts: 1,036

    Nope. Don't believe in any superstitions. None at all, sir.

  • DraenorDraenor Member UncommonPosts: 7,918

    I only get superstitious about football, I wouldn't let my uncle put the sorround sound on the Colts game two weeks ago because when he put it on during the bears game, the Saints scored =)

    Also, I believe that when I sit cross legged on the edge of my seat, the Colts score more frequently, when I sit laid back, they start playing poorly.

    atheletes are superstitious people =)

     

    Of course, I don't actually think either of these things have any bearing whatsoever on the game =)

     

    no really!

    Your argument is like a two legged dog with an eating disorder...weak and unbalanced.

  • WantsumBierWantsumBier Member Posts: 1,079

    "Red skies in the morning, sailor take warning."

    Lived this for 6 years. It is true! every time there was red skies in the morning we were headed into a storm. Its not so much supersicious, just means you are watching for signs of an impending storm. We got chased by twin water spouts one of those mornings while towing two broken down boats. Not a happy feeling.

    As for many of the others... the human brain is a crazy thing, and IMO creates your own luck or lack there of.

    I shoot for the curve... anything above that is gravy.

  • NierroNierro Member UncommonPosts: 1,755
    I don't believe in anything but reality..

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  • KnivesOnlyKnivesOnly Member Posts: 401
    no im superman

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  • DraenorDraenor Member UncommonPosts: 7,918
    Originally posted by WantsumBier
    As for many of the others... the human brain is a crazy thing, and IMO creates your own luck or lack there of.
    True story, when I play Risk, I find that my rolls are higher when I think happy thoughts while I tumble the dice in my hands...happy thoughts = winning battles!

    Your argument is like a two legged dog with an eating disorder...weak and unbalanced.

  • Rikimaru_XRikimaru_X Member UncommonPosts: 11,718
    I'm not. I do have some things that would people call "luck", but mainly reminders of such things. Including things/people I shouldn't forget. I have a necklace that I wear, that my first love worn and now that we are seperated at the moment I wear it to remember her and I rub it sometimes.

    -In memory of Laura "Taera" Genender. Passed away on Aug/13/08-
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  • outfctrloutfctrl Member UncommonPosts: 3,619

     

    Originally posted by Briansho

    Originally posted by outfctrl

    When I was in the Navy and we went through the Bermuda Triangle, the whole ship was nervous.  That was spooky.
    did any of the electrical equipment start acting weird?

    I was an Operations Specialist in the Navy.  We used radar for monitoring our surroundings.  We did encounter spikes on our screens, but the tech onboard said it wasnt the equipment.  That made us more nervous.  Nothing ever happened, but the most of us were very uneasy.

    Personally, I think it has something to do with magnetic anomalies in the area.  Thats all that I could gather on it.  What else could have caused it?

     



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  • outfctrloutfctrl Member UncommonPosts: 3,619
    Originally posted by WantsumBier


    "Red skies in the morning, sailor take warning."
    Lived this for 6 years. It is true! every time there was red skies in the morning we were headed into a storm. Its not so much supersicious, just means you are watching for signs of an impending storm. We got chased by twin water spouts one of those mornings while towing two broken down boats. Not a happy feeling.
    As for many of the others... the human brain is a crazy thing, and IMO creates your own luck or lack there of.
    Same here.  6 years in the Navy.

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  • KnivesOnlyKnivesOnly Member Posts: 401

    Always been red sky at night shepherd's delight, red sky in morning shepherd's warning 

    from where i live ^

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  • MadAceMadAce Member Posts: 2,461
    Outfctrl, the Bermudea triangle mystery is virtually solved.



    Read the methane hypothesis. To support what you saw, large concentrations of mehtane gas can cause megnetic fields. Thus disrupting electrical equipment.
  • olddaddyolddaddy Member Posts: 3,356
    Yea, I constantly have to take out my handgun and blow away any black cat that comes to close to crossing my path....so far I have been really lucky, and not missed.....black cats really are bad luck, you know.....
  • outfctrloutfctrl Member UncommonPosts: 3,619
    Originally posted by MadAce

    Outfctrl, the Bermudea triangle mystery is virtually solved.



    Read the methane hypothesis. To support what you saw, large concentrations of mehtane gas can cause megnetic fields. Thus disrupting electrical equipment.



    Thanks, I never knew that about the methane gas.  Good read too.

    then again.....I like the death ray theory...LOL

    An explanation for some of the disappearances pinned the blame on left-over technology from Atlantis, for example, the activation of a still-operable death ray.

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  • mithrandir72mithrandir72 Member Posts: 1,286
    Originally posted by outfctrl

    Originally posted by MadAce

    Outfctrl, the Bermudea triangle mystery is virtually solved.



    Read the methane hypothesis. To support what you saw, large concentrations of mehtane gas can cause megnetic fields. Thus disrupting electrical equipment.



    Thanks, I never knew that about the methane gas.  Good read too.

    then again.....I like the death ray theory...LOL

    An explanation for some of the disappearances pinned the blame on left-over technology from Atlantis, for example, the activation of a still-operable death ray.


    Pfft, Atlantis was in the Antarctic, anyone who watched Stargate knows that.

    We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment;
    We are choosing to be here right now -Tool, Parabola

  • modjoe86modjoe86 Member UncommonPosts: 4,083
    Originally posted by mithrandir72

    Originally posted by outfctrl

    Originally posted by MadAce

    Outfctrl, the Bermudea triangle mystery is virtually solved.



    Read the methane hypothesis. To support what you saw, large concentrations of mehtane gas can cause megnetic fields. Thus disrupting electrical equipment.



    Thanks, I never knew that about the methane gas.  Good read too.

    then again.....I like the death ray theory...LOL

    An explanation for some of the disappearances pinned the blame on left-over technology from Atlantis, for example, the activation of a still-operable death ray.


    Pfft, Atlantis was in the Antarctic, anyone who watched Stargate knows that. God I feel like a nerd.



    Oh, and I don't really have any superstitions. As it was stated before, I believe they are self-fulfilling.
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