TGA Podcast: Episode 119 1/2

This week, Carisa joins me to talk about superstition, and we read some of your emails about your own wacky rituals. Don’t miss out!

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    Julie Coster

    How do I get these bonus episodes back in my iTunes? Help me obi-wen!

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    ProjectFlyingLion

    Damn you! I had totally forgot about the game, 🙁 Which I just lost 😛

    Also, the chinese fear/think the number 4 is unlucky because its very similar to their word for death 🙂

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    Aerick Duckhugger

    The superstition around the number 4 in Japan is rooted around the fact that the character for four (四) is pronounced “shi” which is the same pronunciation for the character for death (死).

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    Jacob Fortin

    Julie, I’m working on a fix to this problem. Please be patient while we work on it!

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    BevansDesign

    That Zen of War book intrigued me, so I went to find it on Amazon. It’s actually called Zen AT War, for those of you having trouble finding it.

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    Douglas Ittner

    I think Christie’s grandma opened the windows primarily based upon the cleaners that were being used. Back in the day vinegar was often used to clean everything, and it created quite a stink. Therefore opening the windows cleared out the vinegar smell.

    Probably in the past bad odors were connected to evil spirits but considering how vinegar was one of those condiments that helped revolutionize civilization it probably wasn’t thought of as one of those necessary evils, like bacon.

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    Douglas Ittner

    I meant Carisa. My bad.

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    Kyle Nicholas

    As a child, I think I had OCD or something. I grew up in a very turbulent and religious household. Naturally, I formulated a LOT of my own personal superstitions to try and make sense of the world I lived in. Many of them are outright embarrassing and have taken most of my adult life to get over. One of the less embarrassing ones I’ll admit to right here that persists to this day: I can’t leave pictures of people staring at me if I’m naked. I like to read in the bathroom, but if the book or magazine I’m reading has a picture of a person looking at the reader on the cover, I have to turn the book or mag over. Bad luck if the piece of reading material happens to have people gawking at me on both sides of the cover! I’ll then cover the faces with other overturned books. It doesn’t matter if these are photos of actual people, living or dead, or artwork. I like to read manga; even these characters are under suspicion of “watching me” if they see me nude or partially nude. I know there’s no rational explanation for this and as a religious person I never believed photos captured a person’s soul. But it’s a belief I’ve had a hell of a time challenging. I guess it’s not helped by the fact that I have body dysphoria from being transgendered (Jacob, you remember when you mentioned the video of the “girl” coming out to her parents on YouTube and said that there’s probably someone out there listening to this and to be sensitive to the pronouns you used? Yeah, I am he and I haven’t forgotten. ;D )

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