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Hoop Dreams

Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few months knows that today are the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina—the two biggest states left to vote in the primary season. It appears, from recent polling, that Obama has survived the Jeremiah Wright debacle and it is thought by many that he will carry North Carolina (although by a slimming margin). Although early voting in Indiana tilted toward Obama, polls suggest Clinton will take the state.

Many believe that if Obama could actually win Indiana, it would be the death knell for the Clinton campaign and this death march to the Democratic Convention would be over. And it appears Obama is doing all he can to make that happen, canvassing the state, holding rallies, and even holding meet-the-family picnics with wife, Michelle, and kids in tow.

So what’s Obama going to be doing today? We hope playing basketball. Apparently Obama’s one superstition is that he believes he has to play one game of basketball on a voting day in order to close the deal. Before Iowa? Hoops. Won. New Hampshire? No hoops. Lost. And he’s played every important Tuesday since.

On a related subject, during his walk-in-the-park to the nomination, we learned that John McCain is incredibly superstitious. According to The Washington Post, McCain must see a movie before the votes are counted in a primary, and while campaigning he wears particular shoes, carries a compass, a feather, a flattened penny, and sometimes, even a rock—all for good luck.

If I were running as a Republican after eight years of Bush, I’d be loading up the good luck charms, too.


Who Says You Can’t Get Lucky Online?

Welcome to the Luck Guide!

A wise old man (actually, it was Confucius) said, “The more you know, the more luck you will have.” In an effort to follow his sage advice, we’ve created this blog as an online resource for anything and everything lucky–bringing together news, stories, and trivia from around the world. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the entries, and that you’ll be inspired to submit your own. (Check out our submission guidelines HERE.)


Deb and Kevin

Throw Baby from the Tower

We’re not sure if Dr. Benjamin Spock would have approved of this, but the tradition of throwing one’s baby from the top of a 50-foot tower at the Solapur temple in Maharashtra, India has been going on for 500 years. Worshippers at this Muslim shrine believe that the ritual brings good luck to the naked (and usually screaming) child, who is flung from the precipice of the tower onto a waiting bed-sheet held tightly by men while the families cheer. Villagers claim that no babies have ever been injured.

To see this incredible video, click HERE.


“Unlucky” Red Sox Jersey Sells For $175,000

What was intended as a bad luck curse for the New York Yankees has turned into a stroke of good luck for charity. A jersey bearing the name and number of Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz was secretly buried during the construction of the new Yankee Stadium in an attempt to hex the Bronx Bombers. After an anonymous tip off and apparently some jackhammering, the Bosox shirt was found under two feet of concrete. In an unusual display of bipartisanship, the Yankees donated the shirt to the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox’s official charity affiliated with Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and, last Thursday, the somewhat less worse-for-wear No 34 jersey was auctioned off for $175,000.

For the full story, click HERE


Bragging on the Blog

Most people know that it’s bad luck to boast of good fortune. And many say that people (dating back to pagan times) knocked on wood as a way of acknowledging and securing favor with the gods who dwelled in trees, particularly if they had said something that drew attention to their good fortune. “He who talks too much of happiness summons grief” goes the old proverb. And there are a couple of theories as to why knocking on wood is supposed to help. One suggests that knocking on wood frightens bad spirits away or prevents them from hearing of your good fortune and taking it away. The other claims that the knocking acknowledges and calls to the good spirits who use their power to ensure you keep the good luck. So, just as example, if I were to hypothetically say something like, well, I don’t know, maybe “Luck: The Essential Guide is getting some very nice reviews, including one on the recently launched New Yorker blog called The Book Bench (click HERE),” I might knock on wood after I said it to make sure that the next person who writes a review doesn’t totally slam it. Just hypothetically, of course.