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  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 16:47:49
    Watched Silver Linings Playbook recently and Robert De Niro's character reminded me of when I was younger and used to have weird superstitions.

    Whenever I was watching the mighty Leeds, whichever room I was in, I always had to make sure all the doors were closed properly. Also, if my brother's mate was around, I had to send him away as he was a 'jinx'.

    Luckily, I grew up, realised it was complete bollocks and stopped being so fucking stupid.

    If we go a goal down, though, and the door is open, I twitch a little.

    Anyone else ever suffered from this highly irrational affliction?
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 16:49:29
    I do the whole "knock on wood" (matron) thing when I say something afflicted by sod's law, but that's more habit than superstition.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 16:49:53
    I salute magpies every time I see one. Fairly common I expect and no rhyme-or-reason to it other than being taught to do so by my nan as a child.

    The only good superstitions are the Stevie Wonder kind.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 16:51:39
    Oh yeah, I do the magpie thing too. Not the whole hog of saying "your majesty" three times or whatever it is you're supposed to do, but just like you it's more from childhood habit (or possibly even reminiscence) than a conscious act of superstition.
  • kalel 28 Apr 2013 16:51:48 86,962 posts
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    I'm very intolerant of superstitious behaviour. I think it's genuinely unhealthy, one step away from OCD or something. Get very annoyed with my mother in law who's always fretting about stirring with a knife or some shit.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 16:55:29
    kalel wrote:
    I'm very intolerant of superstitious behaviour. I think it's genuinely unhealthy, one step away from OCD or something. Get very annoyed with my mother in law who's always fretting about stirring with a knife or some shit.
    Yeah. I think that's what made me knock it on the head. I realised that it was a slippery slope and it's easy to see how people can let things like that take over their lives.

    It's funny how these things start, though. For me, listening to/watching the football was always a solitary thing and so I used to lock myself away in my room to listen/watch in peace. And maybe for a while my team were winning and once I broke that routine they stopped.

    When I read some of the stories of Don Revie (famous Leeds managed from the 70s), I'm amazed by how ridiculous his got.
  • mrpon 28 Apr 2013 16:57:31 28,756 posts
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    Saluting birds? That some grade A mental right there.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:00:01
    My mum is terrible with magpies. They're solitary birds. Of course you're going to see a lot of them by themselves.
  • danathjo 28 Apr 2013 17:02:01 7,341 posts
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    never heard of saluting magpies before, any origin for it or just madness?
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:03:33
    I assume it stems from the old "1 for sorrow" song.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:04:23
    Like I said, it's more childhood memories than anything else. My nan used to do it, so everytime I see a magpie I'm remembered of it, and by association, her. I suspect a lot of hand-down superstitions are like that. There's absolutely no part of me that believes if I don't salute I'm going to get struck by lightning or anything like that.
  • neilka 28 Apr 2013 17:04:50 15,849 posts
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    I bow for geese and curtsey for Thomson's gazelles.

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  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:06:06
    danathjo wrote:
    never heard of saluting magpies before, any origin for it or just madness?
    I always thought it had something to do with the "one for sorrow, two for joy" rhyme so you were avoiding sorrow (or some such crap).

    It's ingrained in me now that I don't even realise I'm doing it. It is nigh on OCD though, I admit.
  • mrpon 28 Apr 2013 17:07:12 28,756 posts
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    I'm sorry but if I saw someone saluting a magpie I'd cross the road, making sure not to walk under any ladders or step on any cracks ofc.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:08:41
    It's more of a nod of acknowledgement rather than full military honours mrpon ;)
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 28 Apr 2013 17:10:02 6,654 posts
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    i can't fall asleep until i take a piss
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 17:10:51
    Ironlungs76 wrote:
    It's more of a nod of acknowledgement rather than full military honours mrpon ;)
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 28 Apr 2013 17:17:25 37,831 posts
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    bitch_tits_zero_nine wrote:
    i can't fall asleep until i take a piss
    That reminds me of the joke "What's the difference between light and hard?"
    You can sleep with a light on.

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  • Tonka 28 Apr 2013 17:21:28 20,222 posts
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    I'm embarrassingly superstitious.
    Knock on wood
    No keys on the table
    Pinch of salt over one shoulder
    Never walk under ladders

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Oh-Bollox 28 Apr 2013 17:25:28 5,211 posts
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    Lucky necklace. Always wear it.
  • DrStrangelove 28 Apr 2013 18:32:22 3,723 posts
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    No superstitious behaviour, but neurotic quirks.

    But I guess that's just my German genes.
  • Deleted user 28 April 2013 18:59:40
    I still pinch myself when I walk over those three panel drain thingys. But that is more fond memories of being a kid than superstition.
  • cubbymoore 28 Apr 2013 19:03:22 36,485 posts
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    If I'm making a drink when I'm naked, I always have to dip my cock in it.
  • Ged42 28 Apr 2013 19:27:14 7,719 posts
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    So that's where the term cocktail comes from.



    I've got a lucky coin, that a mysterious old man gave me.
  • jonsaan 28 Apr 2013 19:31:26 25,342 posts
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    Whenever I buy a new console I have to buy a load of games from genres I know I don't really like. It's a terrible affliction.

    FCUTA!

  • Khanivor 28 Apr 2013 19:44:43 40,542 posts
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    I used to be a lot more superstitious when I was younger but I put that down to not really knowing fuck all.

    Saying that, I will tend to knock on wood when saying something that could turn out poorly. Helps that I work with wood.
  • jonsaan 28 Apr 2013 19:48:00 25,342 posts
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    ooooer!

    FCUTA!

  • cubbymoore 28 Apr 2013 20:48:27 36,485 posts
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    I always have to use the same pen, and keep it in my left pocket at all times, until it runs out.

    I have to use the same monopoly mug at work.
  • Mr_Sleep 28 Apr 2013 22:13:34 16,933 posts
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    I always thought the idea of not walking under ladders is a fairly robust cautionary principle. Not quite sure why luck would be involved as it's not unlucky to walk under a ladder, it's stupid.

    I'm pretty much of the same opinion as Kalel, I don't think there's really any place for superstition as it just feels like bullshit magical thinking.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • bladdard 28 Apr 2013 23:26:58 924 posts
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    When I'm watching football if we're losing I'll pick up my guitar and play, if we continue to play shit I'll play a different riff and keep switching riffs and tempo until things improve. If there's no improvement I'll give up with the guitar.

    I broke a string when Nani got sent off in the Madrid game.
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