Post by occam
Today I walked under one of those hydraulically powered bucket-lifts
used for cleaning the windows of modern office blocks.
Should I be worried? Do the ancient superstitions of
walking-under-ladders apply to modern appliances? If so, where can I
look up the mappings between old superstitions and their modern
equivalents? For example, does shooting a spy-drone over one's garden
attract the same bad luck as killing an albatross?
Don't know about drones and albatrosses. However, whether walking under
modern appliances is unlucky depends on what they are. The general
explanation of the superstition about ladders was that, in the UK at any
rate, up till the first part of the 199h Century criminals were often
hanged by being turned off ladders, so under a ladder was the unluckiest
place to be. As to modern appliances, cranes are used in Iran to hang
criminals from, so I suggest that walking under a crane might be unlucky,
but walking under other appliances might not be.
ObAUE: I am not in the lest superstitions, but the two most superstitious
people I knew were also two of the most devout Christians I knew. They
were my Irish Catholic mother-in-law and my Yorkshire Methodist
grandmother. I know that religion has nothing to do with logic, but that
seems illogical to me.
Peter Young, (BrE, RP), Consultant Anaesthetist, 1975-2004.
(US equivalent: Certified Anesthesiologist) (AUE Pt)
Cheltenham and Gloucester, UK. Now happily retired.