Every other product ALL night long and when I finally woke up they stop! What’s up with that? Must’ve been that black cat that crossed in front of me on my way down the driveway yesterday!! At least we weren’t in any kind of accident like I thought was going to happen. I wouldn’t even say out loud, “OMG did you see that black cat”, instead I said “OMG did you see that extremely dark dark grey kitty”? I was superstitious about the superstition! Too much!!
Black cats crossing your path are bad luck, right?
Not in England, they are good luck over there. I figure if the “laws” of superstition aren’t universal, they must be garbage.
My English wife was one of the most superstitious people I’d ever met, mirrors, ladders, salt over the shoulder, don’t stir with a knife, the whole bit - including a bunch I’d never heard of. (Except black cats, of course.) Until a significant life even just happened to get scheduled for Friday the 13th. She protested, but went ahead anyway, and that largely, but not entirely, broke her superstitious streak.
I have no superstitions except for full moons make people a little crazy, and a personal “quirk.” I know that people believe heads up pennies are lucky. I will bend over and flip upside down pennies over and leave them for whoever. This made a lot more cents (ha ha) 20 years ago when people actually used pennies and had that superstition, but I carry it on to this day. Also when my friend lived close he would occasionally put pennies tails-up on my sidewalk just to drive me nuts.
Bathing a cat: fine. Blow-drying a cat: have the first-aid lot ready.
My mother learned this the hard way after cleaning up our cat after it wandered by an oil well near our home (we were in New Mexico during the early 80s oil boom-- there were pumps everywhere).
Back in my theater days, I participated in the performative superstition you see among those folks. Don’t say “good luck,” don’t mention Macbeth by name, give the director graveyard flowers, that sort of thing. Even at the time I thought it was crap, and I suspect a lot of others do as well, but overall I think it was good for morale.
(Granted, some of them are just common sense. Leaving a ghost light on in an empty theater is a basic safety precaution, and a bad dress rehearsal is probably going to wake the cast up and make them more likely to bring their “A” game opening night.)
Most forms of spirituality include heavy doses of superstition. Also, people who say “I’m not religious; I’m spiritual” probably understand neither term and are most likely just full of shit. Ftr, I consider myself both spiritual and religious, but I’m not sure how I feel about god(s).
(I’ll happily come back for the carnage, at least until it gets boring.)