Tuesday, February 28, 2006


My grandmother-in-law swears that celebs die in packs of three. (She also believes her dead husband speaks to her through his picture, but that is for another long, sad story.) She announced over the weekend that we should keep watch for a slew of celebrities to die within days of each other. I'll be damned if Darren McGavin, Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver didn't all die within hours of each other over the weekend.

Gramma got it right.

I suppose such happenings actually reinforce superstitious belief. (How many times, for example, have celebrities not died in groups of three's?)We ignore the thousands of times it doesn't happen, and tout the one time it does as proof the myth is real.

I tap my ring seven times for good luck. It has never helped, as far as I know, but it hasn't hurt either. What are your superstitions, and why?


Hoyt said...

When it involves sports, I tend to believe that someone's watching (or not watching) may influence the outcome. These days, when I watch WVU basketball games, the team fares better, so I try and catch the games. I also believe (but have no proof) that Governor Manchin's presence at a game does not bode well for the Mountaineers.

Orcsattheg8 said...

I really believe that is probably just coincidence. You create a self-fulfilling prophecy. The odds the team will do well or poorly is a 50 - 50 shot. Whether or not you are watching makes no difference.