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Epi. 53 - Do You Have Superstitions?

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

Do you believe in superstitions? In this episode, Kevin & Sully discuss Superstitions. What exactly is a superstition? Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown.


Step on a crack, break your mothers back!

Kev & Sully start off discussing the Michael Cohen ordeal and the lawyer being found guilty. They talk about how he probably won't do jail time for it, but if we did what he did, we most likely would. Kevin talks about his busy schedule with marketing for the podcast and how it absorbs a lot of time. They also have small talk on other recent news items. Then the boys move onto the meat...


Do you believe in superstitions? In this episode, Kevin & Sully discuss Superstitions. What exactly is a superstition? Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. "Superstition" also refers to actions arising from irrationality. (Source- Wikipedia - 2018)


Out of the "true" definition most people believe that it gives them power to change their own fate, based off of an action. Like Kevin, he taps the outside of a plane before he gets on. He says it's like a "get me there" type reasoning, even though he is not afraid to fly. Sully says his, with planes, is moreso two beers beforehand because he's always stuck next to the fattest guy on the plane.


So what are more? Breaking mirrors, black cats crossing your path, knocking on wood and more!

They take a look into each "superstition" and its origins.


Breaking mirrors -

People often think that breaking a mirror may bring you bad luck for 7 years. Mirror superstitions probably evolved from the time when the first humans saw their reflections in a pool of water, believed that the image in a water was their actual soul and to endanger it would mean risking injury to the other self. An ancient myth was that mirrors have magical powers, including the power to foreseen the future and are thought to be devices of the Gods. Thus breaking a mirror would terminate its powers, the soul would be astray form the body and misfortunes would be brought upon the one whose reflection it last held.


Black Cats - The Middle Ages, also called the Dark Ages, in Europe, was a time of many superstitions that resulted from early spiritual beliefs and a lack of scientific understanding about nature. The persecution of people accused of being witches is a clear example. Many people believed that witches and black cats worked together. Supposedly, the devil sent the black cat to assist in the witch’s evil deeds. Additionally, witches were able to turn themselves into black cats so that they could slink around in the shadows casting spells on unsuspecting people.


Knocking on Wood - In many cultures, it’s a common superstition for people to knock their knuckles on a piece of wood to bring themselves good fortune or ward off bad luck. Yet while the phrase “knock on wood”—or “touch wood” in Britain—has been part of the vernacular since at the least the 19th century, there seems to be little agreement on how it originated. One common explanation traces the phenomenon to ancient pagan cultures such as the Celts, who believed that spirits and gods resided in trees. Knocking on tree trunks may have served to rouse the spirits and call on their protection, but it could have also been a way of showing gratitude for a stroke of good luck. Yet another theory is that people knocked on wood to chase away evil spirits or prevent them from listening in when they boasted about their luck, thereby preventing a reversal of fortune. Christians, meanwhile, have often linked the practice to the wood of the cross from Christ’s crucifixion.


So, are you superstitious? We think most people are, and aren't afraid to admit them, but on the other hand, people may have them and not even realize it.


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