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post #8 of Old 11-19-2006 Thread Starter
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I'm surprised this thread keeps resurrecting. I started it 5 years and one boat ago. Actuall I'm not at all superstitious and we just changed the name but I love these type of threads. the gift that keeps on giving.
Even thought i'm not superstitious there is a story that may have some lessons for us skeptics. In the early 1700's sailors were an ridiculously superstitious lot, and the British navy was getting pretty sick of always coming up against one superstition or another. In order to prove the superstitions wrong they built a vessel and during the building and subsequent fitting out they violated every superstition known. They started building on a Friday, they hired in groups of 13, they named and re-named the ship, etc. hundreds of the current superstitions were flaunted. This, of course, had a predictable result: the ship sailed out of harbor , on a Friday of course, and was never heard from again. Jim L
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