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Question and Answers
Copyright (c) 1993, Joe DeRouen
All rights reserved


Each month, we'll ask a (hopefully) interesting question to users on
various nets and BBS's across the world and include the best answers
we get in this column.

The question we asked for this month was: "Do you have any
superstitions? If so, what are they and why do you have them?"

This seemed like the perfect question to ask for the Halloween (October)
issue, and, indeed, I got back a wide variety of responses.

The original message and responses are reproduced here in their entirety,
with the permission of the people involved.


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Number : 19 of 44 Date : 09/06/93 17:26
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Joe Derouen
To : All
Subject : superstitions..
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What superstitions do you have, and why?

That's the question I'm asking for the Halloween (October) issue of
STTS Magazine. The best replies will be published in that issue.

Replies can be as brief or as long as you'd like. They'll be published
as-is, (spelling errors included) with the exception that I'll delete
out any quoting of this message that you might do.

Again, the question I'm posing to all of you for Question And Answers
column in the Oct. issue of STTS is....

What superstitions do you have? Why?

Thanks,
Joe
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Number : 26 of 44 Date : 09/08/93 18:24
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Will Ross
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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JD> What superstitions do you have? Why?

Mom always said that a falling star meant someone in the family was
gonna die . She also said a red moon meant war . I always am drawn when
I see a penny , sitting heads up , on the ground .


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Number : 27 of 44 Date : 09/09/93 13:32
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Don Bird
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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Having some line noice problems, or something, so I hope you get this.
Superstitions? Unless you nsider GOD a superstition, which I DO NOT, I
don't have any. I'm what some people call a Independent Babtist. I
believe in GOD an in His book, the Bible. And yes, I've heard all the
arguments about how the Bible was written by a man. It might have been
written by a man but it was INSPIRED by GOD!! I've also been called a
few other things, gn, like old fashioned - stick in the mucrazy - you
name it an someone at sometime has probably called me that too but I
can't ever remember being called superstitious. If I am, well, it's a
crying shame More people aren't. I do believe we would have a lot
better world. Have A Great Day...................-=Don=-
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Number : 28 of 44 Date : 09/10/93 04:32
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Slice Australia
To : All
Subject : Supesticians..
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Oops, I believe I misspelled my title... or can I call it
tittle now? Hmm, speaking of this subjecte mater, I believ that
mistiping a tittle can leed to frequant mispellings.

Aha, I seem to have lost myself.

Really, though, I can't say anything about superstitions that I
have for one firm reason: I am not sure whether or not Murphey's Law
is considered a superstition or if it is now proven fact. Personally,
I think this strange phenomenon should (at least) be researched. Most
probably, we'd find that it directly ties into the other Laws of
Nature... but that is just my guess.
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Number : 29 of 44 Date : 09/12/93 19:30
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Andrew Deignan
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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Well I am in perpetual fear of of nuclear war, and that i would be the
sole survivor of our race.
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Number : 30 of 44 Date : 09/13/93 15:14
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Tricia Meeks
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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JD> What superstitions do you have, and why?

Since I was a little girl, I've always loved cemetaries (sp). I've
always been drawn to them and didn't know why. Maybe it was the
history that is inscribed there for all to see, of people and places,
lives lived and cut down. They seem to have a special energy that I
have always felt. One psychic friend of mine said that I felt the
spirits that still lingered there and if I wanted could help to lead
them toward the light.

Once I went to a family reunion and met a member of my family, a woman
in her twilight years. I asked her about family history and mentioned
that I had been to Files Valley Cemetary where alot of our family was
buried. She told a lot of family stories about when she was growing
up. About an Indian raid, when she was little (nothing serious
happened but was intriguing) and about some superstitions of her time.
She asked me if I left anything in the cemetary that I visited. I said
no. She said that whenever you visit a cemetary you should leave
something to show your respect. I've always felt that when I left a
cemetary that I was missing something that I should do, and it sounded
right. Since then I always bring and leave flowers on one or more of
the graves that I feel particularly "drawn" to. And if I don't I feel
strange about leaving. Like something is tugging at me. I know weird
but true.

...Tricia...
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Number : 31 of 44 Date : 09-08-93 20:04
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Robert Mckay
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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JD>What superstitions do you have? Why?

None - at least, that I'm aware of. I've never experienced bad luck on
Friday 13th, I've walked under many ladders without a mishap, I *love*
black cats crossing my path, etc. etc. etc.

Now if you want to talk about phobias, I can tell you. :+{>
---
þ QMPro 1.01 11-1111 þ Come tomorrow, may be a soldier. ÄÄThe Yardbirds
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Number : 37 of 44 Date : 09/22/93 01:55
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Shawn Aiken
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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Joe,
Hmm, superstitions. Well, I don't really have any. I try to be as
rational about things as I possibly can. Sorry.
Shawn
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Number : 45 of 45 Date : 09/28/93 23:01
Reply To: 19
Confer : STTS On-Line Magazine
From : Brigid Childs
To : Joe Derouen
Subject : superstitions..
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The only superstitions I have are the traditional theatrical
superstitions....Don't EVER whistle in my dressing room and don't
mention the Scottish play by name.
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It's probably fair that I answer my own question, thus I'll do so right
now, then bid you adieu until next month.

I can't really think of any superstitions I have, except that I enjoy
throwing spilled salt over my left shoulder. I saw that superstition in
an old movie once and kind of picked it up. Thought it looked "cool".


Thanks for reading THE QUESTION AND ANSWERS SESSION!