Are you superstitious?

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  1. Code of The West Survival

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    Hey guys, are you superstitious?
    Black cat across your path...?
    Sharp object?

    Personally, I never give and accept sharp objects to/from friends. I gave my friend a knife (Gerber Strongarm) for Christmas. He had to pay for it. He gave me 1 penny, I gave him his knife. In this case it wasn't a gift, he bought it from me.

    Why? There is a believe that a sharp object may "cut" your relationship... whoever it would be. A penny, 2 bits, 1 buck...for a knife from/to your friend.

    I know, it is silly, but... I believe in it.

    I never knew about this "superstitious" belief. Until my ex bought me a pocket knife, then we broke up... and I start believing in it. Ha ha
     
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    I don’t believe I’m superstitious.


    But I do keep a black-handled knife under my pillow. It’s a Greek belief that it’ll keep nightmares away, and it’s been a habit since I was about 15 or 16. I don’t think I believe in the nightmare part, it’s just what I’m used to.


    By the way, next time you want to sell some knives for a penny let me know. That sounds like a great deal.
     
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    I'm not for the most part. I don't "Temp The fates" though.
    I won't walk under a ladder or scaffolding, but it's not from being superstitious, it's a safety thing.
     
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    Nope.

    But you want to see a bunch of otherwise rational folks get superstitious in a hurry, tell someone at an ambulance station or a hospital emergency department that "it sure seems quiet." Anything bad that happens after that, they'll say it is your fault. ;)
     
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    Nope I believe there is a higher power in control bad things happen usually cause I made a boneheaded decision.
     
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    When I was learning to fly I soloed on a Friday the 13th.
    Answer your question? :18:

    I'd like a secondary question. Something I've thought about.
    Are there any superstitious construction workers?
    Carrying ladders, working around ladders... superstition sort of goes out the window. At least in my case.
     
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    No, but my wife is.
     
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    No but I put my shoes on the same way every day.
     
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    I am not, but it is fun to hear the stories behind different superstitions.
     
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    No I'm not superstitious. I'm a mail carrier and I walk 12 miles on my route everyday. Black cats are everywhere here. I could not deliver the mail if I was superstitious. Ha! I gave my wife and daughter each a knife that I made and we are all still good to go.
     
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    Superstitious? Hummm... I don't think so. I'm too busy being paranoid. :33:
     
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    I just thought of something, I'm not sure sure if this could be classified as being superstitious or not though. I never pee into the wind.
    o_O
     
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    I'm a bit superstitious. Picked up most of it from my mom. Tossing salt over your shoulder if you spill it, silverware dropped means company, a bird flying into a window means someone is going to die soon...have lived with black cats for the last 30 years or so, so sorta gave up on that one.
     
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    No , but like was mentioned above by Bryan King , my wife is.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    ha ha ...
    I will keep you in mind:dblthumb:
     
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    So, do not argue with her. Say yes honey, I am.
    Problem solved.:4:
     
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    What is worst?
    Superstitious or paranoid ?
     
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    It is survival and self-preservation. Besides a common sense of course. :4:
     
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    No. I don’t believe in superstition, voodoo, divine power, etc. but I do like studying history and therefore how superstitions develop like saying bless you when someone sneezes.
     
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    Each country say something different. Americans say Bless You.
    Others may wish something different...
    Language difference...
     
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    Paranoid hands down! I would tell what went on with my neighbors yesterday proving this, but I don't want to derail the thread.

    I would rather a person throw a whole salt shaker over their shoulder, scream at a black cat, put a dream weaver up to prevent nightmares being superstitious, then to watch grown men act like sissies due to paranoia.
     
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    I'm not superstitious, but my mom was. God bless her soul! She would sometimes ask one of us children, "Quick give me a number"! And whatever number we'd give she'd count the alphabet and what letter fell on that number she would pick someone's name, usually a close relative or friend, that started with that letter. That person was thinking of her or talking about her. Silly superstition! :mad::46:
    Dominick..........
     
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    h aha whatever makes them happy
     
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    No, knock on wood, I'm not.

    But there are a few traditions that I follow,.as a matter of recognizing and carrying on the tradition.

    I never leave port in a Friday.

    I won't carry a suitcase onto a ship. I carry a sea bag.

    I never carry a black sea bag onto a ship.

    Spilled salt always goes over the left shoulder.

    Black cats always get facendo la corna. No exceptions.

    Tobacco is always offered before entering the ocean, especially before surfing, bodyboarding, or swimming at dawn/dusk.

    I have a medicine bag and many doodads and talismen in it. I gave my wife one as a wedding gift.

    But I draw the line at receiving money for a gifted knife. I don't subscribe to that kind of sorcery. I've gifted far too many knives over the years to believe that.

    Having said that, I also have very few close friends, and all of my daughters' boyfriends that I liked enough to gift knives to (because a young man should have a knife and NONE of the did) are no longer on the scene. Both daughters are single.

    I chalk it up to pure coincidence.
     
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    Same here. Black cats, broken mirrors and Friday the 13th are just things. Like CosmicJoke, I'm aware that some "superstitions" have their basis in reality. For example, the thing about "don't put your hat on the bed" probably came about as a means to control the spread of head-lice and other unsavory critters.

    On the other hand I'm a real believer in Karma, and in Murphy's Law and its corollaries. For instance, I'm quite unlikely to buy passage on an "unsinkable ship" (or on the maiden voyage of the modern-day replica of said ship). Neither am I likely to buy or bet on anything that's "a sure thing."

    Call those superstitions if you wish. I call 'em experience-based knowledge. With the luck I have, if it started raining soup outside, the only utensils I'd be able to find would be a strainer and a fork.
     
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    Well, a little, maybe.

    I carry a talisman while on walkabout in the woods.



    Is a 12 gauge talisman ...to keep the bears away.
     
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    Superstitious? Me? Of course not! of course not! Of course not!

    That WAS three times, wasn't it??
     
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    I'm not, but I do carry a small cross. It reminds me of who is always with me. I grew up around a bunch of people who were, never believed in it. I don't walk under ladders cause I don't want some boob dropping something on me. joe
     
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    When I feel like knocking on wood I just rap on my head. "Nope, that's not dandruff; it's sawdust."
     
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    To a degree! But I am a counter.
     
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    Yes. I try not to poke the bear.

    The knife thing I had happen in reverse. I'd never heard of that particular superstition until somebody at work gave me a knife, then made me scrounge around for change to pay them with a bewildered look on my face. I do not carry coins around, so it got awkward fast.

    The bad juju that thing had was so heavy and so palpable that I went back and threw it away, forcefully, in the building where I received it. It was the closest thing to pitching it in the Cracks of Doom that I could come up with.

    I get funny about days of the week, too. Wednesdays are very often bizarre and painful, sometimes transformatively. I've started to connect it with Wodan and the runes ("shrieking, I took them") but I know that's not rational. I get up on Wednesday mornings and grit my teeth anyway.
     
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    Superstitious? You bet. Why take chances?
     
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    Like the Russian proverb, "The prudent man wears a belt AND suspenders."
     
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    Did you spit on the floor too?
     
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    I always give a coin for a knife because my grand father told me to do that when he gave me a knife as a little boy. Not really a superstition. More of a way of remembering him. I get a smile every time.
     
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    No, not at all.
    Victor
     
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    RATS! I knew I forgot something! :eek:
     
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    I find superstitions and their origin stories both interesting and amusing.
    Victor
     
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    Now you need to repeat the trick. Otherwise it will not work:dblthumb:
     
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    Haha...Worked many years in EMS. It's true if someone mentioned how quiet a shift was they would get the hairy eyeball and few comments made about their heritage or mental status.
     
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    Superstitions are very interesting. Seems like most here are not very superstitious?

    My wife is, somewhat, from her upbringing. She was very close to her grandparents and great grandparents. A lot of unusual genetics and such from all over the world there. :)

    "Knife on the floor, man at the door" meaning if you drop a knife, someone will unexpectedly come to visit. That has not proven to be true here. She has other things like that too, but I can't pull any up from the mental file this morning. :)

    And, of course, the broken mirror. :) Maybe people who believe in this just accept that they are going to have their seven years of bad luck and just give up on being cautious and get ready to accept whatever fate has in store for them?


    However, superstitions must have a reason for being? Just like a "saying" has some basis? Like for example, "Red at night, sailors delight- red in the morning, sailors take warning". A lot of people don't believe this and say it is an old wives tale, but others swear by it, and there is a meteorological reason that this saying came to be.

    So, to add to this very interesting thread if I may, :) what superstitious "sayings" have you heard of? Have any such superstitions come true for you? Have you developed any superstitions of your own?

    I have a few. :) These have proven to be true so often that it has altered my behavior. :33:

    I never leave a tool at a job site. Or, very rarely. I have a lot of tools and use a lot during the day. A few times in the past I have left my tools on the job, because I worked late and was tired and I knew the next morning I would just have to haul them right back in again. Or it was raining or snowing and I didn't want to get cold and wet with repeated trips in and out. It seemed like everytime I left my tools, something prevented me from getting there the next day.:eek: Either I would get a call that night or the next morning that I was needed at another job, or we got a snowstorm, or something would come up. Or I would need something at home that night. This has happened so often, that even now that I work for myself; very, very rarely will I ever leave a tool on a job site.

    I could probably think of a few more, but I'm still on my first cup of starting fluid yet.:4:
     
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  46. JohnP

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    Nope, I am not the least bit superstitious, but I do have fun hanging horse/mule shoes at the entrances to our buildings. I just like how they look.

    5EDFF750-6DAB-458E-8E30-DBC0D6EA4F54.jpeg

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    The one piece of wisdom my dad passed to me with the first telling.

    It's Bad Luck to be Superstitious.
     
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    The only thing I guess I'm superstitious about is not taking bananas along on a fishing trip.

    Growing up, my uncle would not allow bananas on his boat, he said they were bad luck and fish would not bite.
     
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    I like giving knives to everyone I know and seeing which relationships will stand up to a little cut.
     
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    I apparently also like self deprecating behavior, and also knock on my head.
     

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