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Devo and Stevie Wonder. What do they have in common??

Hint: Step on a crack. Break your Momma’s bask.
Very superstitious writings on the wall?

Ding ding ding ding. You are correct. Each wrote a song whose lyrical content refers to superstitions.

On this eve of All Hallows Eve, (Otherwise knows as Halloween) my wife suggested I devote an article to superstitions. I’m gonna cross my fingers and hope it comes out OK.

Miriam- Webster defines superstition as: “a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck : a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck”

I intended to explore the world of superstitions and why they are what they are. You know what I mean, black cats, broken mirrors, walking under ladders, knocking on wood, the number 13, that sort of thing.

When I started my research, I went to yahoo.com and plugged in: “13 why is it bad luck”

This is the answer I received:
Sorry, something has gone wrong (500). We couldn’t give you the page you requested just now. Please try again.
You may think I am making this up but I am not making this up. Even I thought I was making this up, so I went upstairs from the Wedwand Camel Cave and watched the news.

There were no happy stories. https://wedwand.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/143/

Just to ease my curiosity (which by the way killed the cat whether it was black or had 9 lives or not) I checked again. SAME response.

So, anyhoo, the sports world is quite superstitious.

Hockey players grow those goofy hockey playoff beards which have now found their hairy way into baseball this World Series. Note to Players. You all grow these beards for superstitious good luck, but did you ever realize they are at best only 50% successful?

After every hockey series, one team shaves, the losing one. Every team ultimately shaves the beard except one. Do the math. It doesn’t work, really it doesn’t. AND, they are ugly.

Speaking of sports and superstitions, players sometimes actually pay other players to get “their” number likely for superstitious reasons . Really, it happens more frequently than you know. In June this year, Darrelle Revis paid Mark Barron $50,000.00 for his number 24 when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

http://www.businessinsider.com/darrelle-revis-paid-a-teammate-for-his-uniform-number-2013-6

I bet you didn’t even know who Darrelle freaking Revis was and that he had 50K to pay for number 24. If anything screams professional athletes are overpaid, well maybe that’s it. https://wedwand.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=212&action=edit

Although, I DO like the John Kruk / Mitch Williams number exchange from the baseball glory days of 1991. “Wild Thing” got the number 28 from John Kruk for ten bucks and two cases of beer.

On the eve of the eve of Halloween, I would be remiss if I did not define what it all means. November 1 is All Saints Day, often called All Hallows Day. The evening before, All Hallows Eve. Shortened and said very fast it becomes “Halloween”.

Dress up. Have fun. Toast a saint. Boldly wear a 13 on your sleeve while holding a black cat as you walk under the ladder as you step right on that crack.

It could be worse. You could be a Cubs fan.

FOOTNOTE:
The search engine did ultimately came up and revealed there is absolutely NO plausible reason why black cats and 13 should be considered unlucky. In fact, some cultures consider the pair to be lucky.
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/670/why-is-the-number-13-considered-unlucky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_cat

So, superstition, appears to be a choice. Whatever happens will happen whether you wear your lucky shirt or not. Take care. I gotta shave this beard.

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