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Thursday, June 12, 2008

No Duh

From Reuters: "Friday 13th not more unlucky, study shows"

A study?!! GTFO.

The idea that something like this was actually the subject of a study makes my head hurt. And just when I was going to call in sick to work tomorrow to avoid random bad things happening to me.

Or maybe I will call in sick and go see this instead.

And because it's tangentially related (i.e., general stupidity), let's all do our part to prevent the rampant spreading of ignorance via email by always going here and here before we click Send. And maybe read this book, too. I highly recommend it.


greg June 12, 2008 at 3:13 PM  

whenever I hear something like that I imagine an Institute of No Duh where teams of researchers investigate such things.

tangobaby June 12, 2008 at 3:24 PM  

How much do you think those investigators get paid at the Institute of No Duh?

(I've always thought the same thing, that there's some government clearinghouse hidden in the desert where important information like this comes from.)

Tina June 12, 2008 at 3:54 PM  

I once read a study showing that people gain weight during bake sales.

I'm glad someone took the time to research it because I had NO IDEA. LOL

Tor Hershman June 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM  

The real question is - does luck exist during any day?

And the answer is NO.

Anonymous June 12, 2008 at 9:06 PM  

Please take down my previous comment, tb. The link should have been this: http://www.box.net/shared/0lxf039k4g


Name : yuki June 12, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

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Please link to this site!

Anonymous June 13, 2008 at 1:02 AM  

Dumbfuckistan???!!!! How brilliant is that! I'm still chuckling.

Of course, I sober right up when I think about who is paying for these "studies".....

And yes, I demand that y'all check Snopes before sending "Beware of" emails. I never heard of Straight Dope, so thanks, TB.

Relyn June 13, 2008 at 7:29 AM  

How funny. I didn't even know it was Friday the 13th till this post. I mean, I know it's Friday and I know the date, but I didn't put it together. Obviously, I definitely am a non-believer as regards luck - good, bad, or otherwise.

I have another idea for preventing the spread of ignorance via email. What I do is this: if I recieve an email where the re: line has the dreaded "Ffwd" I automatically delete. No matter who it is from, no matter what. Eventually, even my forward frenzied friends get the message. They also know that if they want me to read it, they better get forward out of the re: line and clean it up first. Whaddya think? Too bitchy?

tangobaby June 13, 2008 at 9:36 AM  

Hi Tina,

I'm sure I gain weight just walking past a bake sale, so I'm sure the study was well deserved. (!!!) I have enough issues with the Girl Scout cookie season already. Wonder if "they" have studied extreme Thin Mint addiction and waistband size correlations?

Hi Tor,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I got a chuckle about your post about the Richard Dawkins "lecture" in your community.

As to your comment, I'll just quote my Boy, who is very fond of quoting one of his heroes, Branch Rickey: “Luck is the residue of design.”

Hi upfromthedeep,

Already done, as you can see.

Hi Johanna,

If you like Snopes, you are going to LOVE Uncle Cecil. I think his masthead says it all: FIGHTING IGNORANCE SINCE 1973 (IT'S TAKING LONGER THAN WE THOUGHT)

Hi Relyn,

You're an unbeliever in what? Random unfounded superstitious behavior? That's fine by me.

I don't think you're bitchy at all. But your friends may not even realize your stand if you delete without education.

Me, I take it a step further. I get one of these emails, go to Snopes and find the link about that particular email, and then reply to the sender and all of the other people he/she sent the information to.

For my efforts to re-educate, I have been called a spoilsport and a bubble burster. Seems some people would rather cling to their beloved urban legends and recycle them indefinitely than wise up. But I have to say that I don't get really too many of these Fwds: anymore!

paris parfait June 16, 2008 at 2:36 PM  

I personally found it to be my luckiest day in years! :) xoxox (silly superstitions).