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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 8:36 PM


Now that Suzers Puzzle is over, What is your superstition ?? Mine is Friday the 13th. I do not leave my local area (which is less than eight square miles.) And I try to stay close to home. When I worked, I would use a vacation day, rather than leave my area, weird. When I was in the Navy, on Friday, August 13th 1965, Secretary of State Robert McNamara extended me over four extra months on my enlistment, I only had 87 days left at the time.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 8:46 PM

Mine may sound stupid, but my husband, who would have had his Ph.D. in meterology if he hadn't been pushed by his parents into music, is I don't want to hear a thing about weather if there is a remote possibilty that a hurricane is coming. I don't want to watch the news and sure don't want to witness his every-10-minute update on a storm going 4 miles an hour. I just want him to tell me if we have to evacuate or not.

Weather scares me to death. I feel like if I don't know anything it won't come.

Taco24  (Level: 129.2 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 8:51 PM

I'm sorry to say that I have developed a paranoic fear of Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Have no clue if the Mayans were right about this, or if this is just some hocus pocus thing. I do plan on staying inside that day.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 9:47 PM

I won't say the name of the Scottish play - ever (unless I have to in a line). I had students who said "I don't believe there's a curse, I can say it all I want" and then they did...and then our curtain caught on fire!

And that was Suzannec's WP - not mine BTW

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 9:52 PM

I think its bad karma to run over a dead animal carcass.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 10:29 PM

I always cross myself when I see an ambulance or medical helicopter -- I am not Catholic but it just seems a prayer for patient, crew and family.
I was ER nurse for many many years.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 12:08 AM

Find a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck. Pass it on to a friend, then your luck will never end.

I'm constantly doing that lol

Also, I won't go out of my way to avoid walking under ladders but, I definitely think about it while I'm doing it.

Back when I used to accompany my mother to bingo, there was a superstition that if your palm is itchy, scratch it on wood. I did, and won over $2500 in one night ... lol

And.. I always 'knock on wood' .. even if there's none around me, I'll use my noggin :D

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 12:52 AM

Don't know that I'm superstitious; probably cheap is a better definition. I, too, will pick up a penny, but I read somewhere that whenever you find a penny on the ground that means an angel is thinking about you.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 1:14 AM

I used to find LOTS of four- leafed clovers and
mostly gave them away to friends to bring
them luck....
But now I refuse to look at clovers because
I have also found quite a few 5 and 6 leafed
clovers....scared to give them away as they
always warned me of bad luck !!!!
Pat - I too believe pennies and 4 leaf clovers
come from Angels....

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4146)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 1:58 AM

Well, we had two puzzles coincide today, and I thought that was very interesting. I wonder what that means?

Anyway, this morning, we had Suzannec's wonderfully entertaining WP on celebrity superstitions. Then, this evening, we had a WhereTHAI that turned out to be the Old Well at University of North Carolina. Here's some of what the Wiki page says about the well: "Campus tradition dictates that a drink from the Old Well on the first day of classes will bring good luck (or straight A's). Accordingly, the first day of class each semester sees long lines of students forming to take a swig."

-- Geri

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:48 AM

A few years ago on the 4th of July, I rode a horse in a parade. As we preceded through a tunnel I was stuck by an oncoming helicopter. I have become very superstitious about the 4th of July ever since and avoid parades altogether.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:14 AM

I have that pick up a penny thing as well. I won't pick up a penny that isn't heads up however. Sometime in my life I was told it was bad luck. So I flip it in the air and hope it lands on its head for the next person. I hope this makes me only half a crazy person.

I "knock wood" all the time, including my head in the absence of any real wood though our heads aren't wood either.

I don't have that "13" thing (triscadecaphobia) but my husband won't go into any checkout lane that is number 13. He'll wait in a long line first. He says it gives him the "willys"!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:32 AM

Many of my hospital coworkers swear that nights with a full moon are busier and crazier than others, but I've never found it to be true...unless it's a Friday night with a full moon

Kimoira  (Level: 198.3 - Posts: 1189)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:44 AM

I believe in the full moon thing 100%.

A former co-worker of mine would never put her purse on any floor. It was a superstition handed down by her grandmother that if you put your purse on the floor, you will have bad luck with finances .

Suzannec  (Level: 243.5 - Posts: 616)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:50 AM

I am convonced that the following things bring good luck:

Spotting a monarch butterfly early or late in the normal butterfly season
A group of geese flying directly over my head in a perfect V formation
Four leaf clovers
Finding a front row spot at Wal-Mart on a busy shopping
Karma - I recently suffered through the agonizing ordeal of cutting my mother's toenails and a week later I won a year's worth of free gas by playing radio trivia. (Thanks for the help, Sploofus)

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 11:52 AM

It always seems there are more crazy people in the store where I work (and outside our window at 3am!) during a full moon.

I avoid that number after 12 when I can, though I don't think I'm hard core about it. I'd also avoid the checkout line, or that row of a plane (do planes skip that row?), but if, say ... I was going to see a movie and that was the theater number, I wouldn't go get my money back. I'd notice it though, and feel a twinge walking in.

I've also gotten Rain Man-ish about noticing when there is that number of something. Like recently my boyfriend tried to hand me a dinner plate that had french fries on it. As soon as I looked at it I snatched my hand back and said, "Ooh - no. You have to eat one of those." Having been together almost ... uh-oh ... having been together for 12 years, he didn't blink.

This is for you Taco:


Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 12:12 PM

Love that website! I do admit I was 'twinge-e" yesterday knowing they had turned that thing on.

Taco24  (Level: 129.2 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 12:27 PM



Most excellent!

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.1 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 1:12 PM

I asked the clerk at Tim Horton's how many Sploofus points I needed for a free cup of I pick up pennies and have been lucky enough to get 2 free cups.

I never walk under ladders. My brother is a sloppy painter.

Knocked on wood, once. Got a sliver.

Stayed home from work on Friday the Thirteenth. Got fired.

Tired to avoid letting a black cat cross my path. Hit a parked car.

Broke a mirror in a store, once. Had seven years of bad luck. They call it probation.

My palm itched, so I scratched it on some wood. Poison ivy or oak, I believe.

Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, not fall off the deck while gazing at you.

Was about to buy a rabbit's foot at a store when I thought, if it wasn't lucky for the rabbit, then...

Spilled some salt and threw some over my left shoulder...hit my mother-in-law in the eyes. Hmmmmmmmmmm, maybe this one is true.

Opened an umbrella in the front room. Broke my wife's favorite vase.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 1:15 PM

Now when I was in the ER, we found New Moon worse than Full Moon

Jeannette  (Level: 109.5 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:21 PM

heres a few i was brought up with .never put new shoes on the table bad luck. never use sissors on a sunday ,hold your collar when an ambulance passes or it could be you in there
.magpies ones bad luck allways cross yourself when a funeral passes
one i think we,ve all done at sometime when we were young dont step on cracks in pavement. of course knock on wood. and see a penny one , my favourite one my granny used to say to make us laugh ,itchy bum money to come the bigger the bum the bigger the sum

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:25 PM

I know this is ridiculous but I never drink the last beer in the refrigerator. If I feel like having a beer--which is quite often-- and I only have one in the fridge, I will go to the store and get more. On the same subject, years ago, when in a group I decided that it was bad luck to leave on someone else's round. Unfortunately, I believe some of my friends felt the same way.
George Carlin once said "Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night" I don't know if that could be called a superstition or not but I don't think you would feel too lucky in the morning if you did.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:31 PM

Oh here's one that I always do. I can't remember where I heard the superstition, whether it was Indian folklore or what, but I remember reading or hearing that if you watch someone until they are completely out of sight, you will never see them again. I always look away before my family completely disappears from my view, just in case.

Some people I just stand there and stare, long after they are gone. Just in case.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:42 PM

Is THAT why you were standing out in the middle of the road waving at the back of the car as we drove away?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:43 PM

Did not.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 2:46 PM

Jes' checkin'

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 4:46 PM

Smoke.. you feeling dark today?? lol

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 4:48 PM

maybe it's smoke's version of the new yorker cover in honor of Sept 11. Is it smoke?

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:03 PM

I have a superstition when it comes to wordrounds. I decided early on if you played all ten tries in a row on the same game, wordround/wordmatch, then you were more likely to get harder words. So I play five wordmatches, then five wordrounds, then back to wordmatches, etc. I'm almost positive this isn't true, but I keep doing it!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:03 PM

Speakin' of smoke - when I used to smoke, I never took third light from a single match.
Pretty unlikely that a WWI sniper was looking my way, but you never know...

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:06 PM

Jeremy, I never bail on wrs or wms cause if I do, they give me harder ones. I'm sure of it!!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:09 PM

At one time, Justin changed the WR's and WM's so you COULDN'T bail on them. You had to click on every circle before you could submit. That was short-lived.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:20 PM

Guess it wouldn't really matter since your round counts even if incomplete..

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:32 PM

I have pre-race rituals, but they're not superstitions. They're mojo.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:46 PM

Yes, but lots of platinum players, with unlimited WR's and WM's would just bail on a round if they knew they had already screwed it up. They couldn't with that particular system in place.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:54 PM

Its true Sandy, you can't get good times until you figure out how the system thats cheating you out of good times works!!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:55 PM

But that would be stupid, since (see above )

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 5:57 PM

true on so many levels Jeremy

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:06 PM

When you have unlimited rounds, and you've dumped 10 out of 25 rounds and finally got a 15 second score, then who cares if any of those others "counted?" It was annoying to have to fill in all the circles.

Sorry if the stupid comment wasn't to my post. You can never tell for sure.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.3 - Posts: 1189)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:10 PM

Dumping only leads to other forms of abuse, like creating multiple accounts for WP purposes and making derogatory public comments on quizzes.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:16 PM


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:19 PM

really, Kim, what's that all about

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:23 PM

What I got from it was kind of like the marijuana is a gateway drug argument...not sure....

Kimoira  (Level: 198.3 - Posts: 1189)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:45 PM

you got it Jeremy- just making light of it.

I did find the dumping temptation to be overwhelming as a Plat player- I did it on a regular basis and yes the "easy" or more familiar round or match will eventually come up where you can score better. Just a fact. I tip my hat to players who refuse to succumb to the temptation and soldier on

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 6:50 PM

If you don't take a dump, won't you eventually just explode?


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 11th Sep '08 7:57 PM


Shesasharksfan  (Level: 90.2 - Posts: 63)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 6:25 AM

Two things I NEVER say..."It couldn't get any worse" and "What else could go wrong?"
Also...I try to be very careful in what I wish for. A very old joke (that I can't repeat here) has always reminded me that when you wish for something, you better choose your words very carefully!
Example: Wish for a big cash windfall=insurance or inheritance money from the death of a loved one.
Wish for a tiny, "perky" little "A" cup bustline=breast cancer
Wish I didn't have to go to work today=massive company layoffs, starting with...guess who?

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 7:08 AM

I never wager if the pirate comes up on the log-on screen.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:54 AM

I *always* pick up pennies whether they are heads up or tails up.

It's cuz I'm just cheap.

Flcyclist  (Level: 122.5 - Posts: 691)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:05 PM

Sandracam, when I was a paramedic, we all felt like it was ALWAYS busier during a full moon, and the ER people all seemed to agree with us. Don't know it anyone ever checked it statistically or not, but I still feel that the full moon brings out all the loonies!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:16 PM

As an ICU nurse in a small hospital, I float to ER quite a bit. I really don't see the full moon correlation. The pirate though is absolutely true

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 3:32 AM

I avoid tunnels when there's a
helicopter flying though....
Actually they're only allowed
to do that on July 4th !!!!

Kaufman  (Level: 254.1 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 8:59 AM

Or in Die Hard movies

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 2:22 PM


You still didn't say if you've settled
into your new job yet ????
In England, it was a 5 year training
period to learn the whole Tax Code.

Shesasharksfan  (Level: 90.2 - Posts: 63)
Thu, 18th Sep '08 1:18 AM

I don't know how many of you watch "Deadliest Catch" but...THOSE guys have some serious superstitions, and a whole LOT of them!
Just a few:
Never leave port on a Friday
Never open a can upside down
Never put a hatchcover on upside down
No cats in the wheelhouse
No plants in the wheelhouse
No bananas
No suitcases or luggage
Always step on to the boat with your right foot first
Right leg first when putting your pants on
No women (there are a few who don't subscribe to that one, however)

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