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Triskaidekaphobia

  1. Apr 4, 2004 #1
    No, it's not the name of some new bacteria, triskaidekaphobia is the fear to the number 13, a kind of superstition, you can read about it here

    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Triskaidekaphobia.html

    Do you have any superstition? I used to have some when I was younger, but actually I do not have any at all, and I live much more happy :smile:
     
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  3. Apr 4, 2004 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    I have a bit of one...sort of.... I have noticed this strange pattern in my life where in almost anything significant that I do there is always one nagging detail that I never seem to resolve. It might be something like the label on a customer’s file, or a cracked mirror on the pickup truck that we hardly ever use anyway, or maybe some little detail of how something functions in my computer. I have reached the point that if I notice one of these little details and think to fix it - something that has needed correcting for months or even years, but also something that is almost completely insignificant - I am almost afraid to address it because like clockwork either the customer will promptly go out of business, or the mirror on the truck will get smashed, or my computer will promptly crash hard making the afore mentioned effort completely moot and the overall situation much worse. Sometimes it is really strange.
     
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  4. Apr 4, 2004 #3

    Rut Roh

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    I don't know if what I'm in the process of developing is a superstition or just a variable on putting the needs of others before mine. Here's what's going on that I'm getting a little jumpy about.

    Every time I go to a doctor, something happens to that doctor :

    1. up and moves with very little warning, (out of the blue retirement for one, and up and moved out of state for another. Both had something traumatic happen within the first 2 years of leaving that was seriously damaging to their health.)

    2. suddenly gets diagnosed with leukemia, cancer, or something else fatal.

    3. is killed in a car wreck,

    4, loses hospital privaleges. (To be perfectly honest on this one, it was her choice to give up hospital privaleges to relieve a massive time pressure between her work/home/husband/retarded brother she needed to care for. But when looking for a doctor, you don't chose one that doesn't have hosp. privaleges. I wish she had told me at the beginning.

    Dang, number 1, 2, and 3, (the fatal kind ) happened almost immediately after I had my first check up with a new doctor and got pap smear.

    Number 4, I needed to have a really odd looking mole that changed taken off, then she loses hospital privaleges. No pap. She still has office hours here.

    We're basically an smallish isolated town, we can't afford to lose any more doctors. I have not had the option of going to the same doctor twice in over 10 years.

    And, well, it's kind of a joke in my family, that as soon as a doctor gets somebody mad, they're gonna make me go in for a pap.

    I'm leary of the impact to the doctor if I have to go see one and I really shouldn't be. I've never really been a superstitious person.... but this pap smear killing off the doctors is some what of a worry even though we joke about it. I haven't even been to a doctor in about 5 years now.

    (edit) Depending on how you want to count number 4, I'm 6 for 6 on physician upheavals. If there was a doctor in town I already reallllly couldn't stand,,,,,

    (2nd edit: I just realized,,,, If there was a doctor in town I already reallly couldn't stand..... He's be a proctologist. )
     
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  5. Apr 4, 2004 #4

    Evo

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    Wow Rut Roh, that is very weird. :eek:
     
  6. Apr 5, 2004 #5

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    Almost as weird as all of Maggie's boyfriends dying in the old TV show Northern Exposure. The last one was fused with a satellite that fell to earth and hit him while he sat on a tree stump in the middle of the forest! What a riot! :biggrin: HEY!! Rut Roh's wasting of all of her pap-smear docs might make another hysterical TV show. :biggrin:

    We don't use the 'q' word in the ER. If we do, it seems to become not very 'q' very quickly!! :biggrin: Other than that, I have no real superstitions. I tend to like to tempt fate. :wink:
     
  7. Apr 5, 2004 #6

    chroot

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    Er, what 'q' word?

    - Warren
     
  8. Apr 5, 2004 #7

    jimmy p

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    i would guess that the 'q' word is "quiet"
     
  9. Apr 5, 2004 #8

    Tsu

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    SHHHHHHHHHHH!!! DON'T SAY THAT!!!! You stinker!!! Now you've gone and jinxed my whole night!! :mad: :biggrin:

    edit: but, other than that, I really don't have any superstitions... :wink: :biggrin:
     
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  10. Apr 5, 2004 #9

    jimmy p

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    whoops, ah well i had a crappy night out tonight so everyone else deserves to!
     
  11. Apr 5, 2004 #10

    Tsu

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    How'd we get from phobias to superstitions? Probably me... Sorry. Back to phobias! :biggrin:
    I know someone who moved from a major city to a very rural area and had himself a mild panophobic (fear of wide open spaces, IIRC) attack. :eek:
     
  12. Apr 5, 2004 #11

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    :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

    One crappy night does NOT deserve another! :mad: :biggrin: If it's a 'train wreck' tonight, I'll be sure to tell you ALL about it!! Death, blood, guts, puke, poop.. everything!! :eek: :wink: (I have SUCH a great job... :wink: Honestly tho, the 'saves' are SO worth the 'crap' we deal with... :wink: )
     
  13. Apr 5, 2004 #12

    jimmy p

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    oh....great, just what i would need. fingers crossed its a night of fluffy bunny related disasters.
     
  14. Apr 5, 2004 #13

    Tsu

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    Uhh...Chopnik? One Bunny Holocaust was enough, thanks. :frown:
     
  15. Apr 5, 2004 #14

    jimmy p

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    hah, oh yeah.... ok, ill pray for a night of bee-stings... what bees are doing out at night, god knows.... but that will make it a 'q' evening (ok ok, ive cheered up a little now) :)
     
  16. Apr 5, 2004 #15

    Tsu

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    Ok. I won't bore you with the details if it's beesting night. :wink:
     
  17. Apr 6, 2004 #16

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    ooh was it a bee sting night?? did you get any puffy people coming in? with ballooned arms and stuff. Or people who have vinegar allergies who rubbed it on their arms to cool the sting.... that would have been stupid but someone is bound to have cos people are idiots.

    I actually thought.... what about wolves with bees in their mouths (courtesy a la Simpsons). The wolves would howl at the moon (how cliche) and the bees would fly out and sting people, NOT realising it is night time. Scary stuff..
     
  18. Apr 6, 2004 #17

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    Actually, it wasn't bad at all (no thanks to YOU! :tongue: ). But that was only cuz I remembered to give it the Double-Jinx Whammy' as I climbed into the car. (That's where you say to yourself, "Jeez. Why do I feel like it's a train-wreck in the ER right at this minute?") Worked like a charm. :wink: :biggrin:
     
  19. Apr 6, 2004 #18
    This is the first time I've really admitted this, but about 2 years ago, I was abducted by aliens from another galaxy. They took me into their ship and did...experiments on me.
    HAH! Gotcha! April Fools (hey it still April, aint it?)

    Aside, I have this odd sort of forsight dyslexia. Sounds weird, huh? Yeah.
    Sometimes I'll be in a situation, any old time of the day. And I'll get this sort of light nagging feeling that this certain something is going to happen. I'll quickly dismiss it as ridiculous, then this thing that was nagging me actually happens! It's happened over and over, but I never learn that that nagging feeling in the back of my head is something about to happen.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2004 #19
    Why there exist superstitious people? It's because they have some kind of mental misfunction? Or because they have been badly brought up? I'm inclined to think is the second choice.

    Rut Roh: I'm pretty sure that all what happened to your doctors is purely a casuality. So, please go to the doctor if you feel bad, do not think that you are the carrier of disgraces!

    Edit: to correct a grammar error
     
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  21. Apr 6, 2004 #20
    Yeah meteor, I was a troubled child. Wait... I am a troubled child. :biggrin:
    Now, I can't stop doing this (spasm involving eye twitching). I think i should sue. Now I'm some messed up dyslexic psycho, I mean psychic. Yeah.
     
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