Persistent Irrational Illogical Unreasonable Unfounded Superstitions & Fears
I was watching South Park last night, this episode where Satan is having a giant Halloween party on earth and there was this part of the plot where the boys were playing that game where you say the dead who-evers name in the mirror three times to summon them, in this case the humor of it was that they were freaking themselves out by being afraid to summon Biggy Smalls.
It made me laugh because I realised to this day I am still a little afraid of, and have never gone through with, saying Bloody Mary three times in a dark bathroom in front of the mirror. I just can't do it!
So then I started thinking of all the other silly superstitions that, no matter how much my rational mind tells me are ridiculous, I still cannot shake completely.
There is the superstition that bringing your old broom with you when you move brings all the "dirt" and baggage of your past along with it. Likewise, borrowing a broom or mop from someone dumps all of their baggage on you. At least this one I can sort of justify by the fact that old brooms are gross, especially other peoples old brooms.
Then there is the Knocking on Wood to prevent whatever half joke was just made from actually happening, or to ward off more bad things when pointing out things are finally going well. I don't even remember where this comes from, or why it is done. But of course I do it now and then, even on the rare occasion when there is no one around but me and I am just talking to myself or ruminating on things.
And of course the Black Cat Crossing your Path. Sometimes with this one I will slow down to let the cat by just to laugh at the supernatural. Other times I speed up and try to spook he cat away from crossing in front of me.
What absurd superstitious hangups do you have, that you just can't fully shake no matter how ridiculous you know they really are?
I'm going to think more on mine and post as they occure to me.
Good laughs I think.