After showing that Blackadder clip a couple of days ago, YouTube (as is its wont) promoted another funny scene from the same show, this time about a famous theater superstition involving the play Macbeth.
Superstitions are strange things. They exercise considerable power over people. At a party recently, I happened to mention that we had had a relatively mild winter and a friend, a physician and thus having some scientific training, upbraided me for possibly jinxing things and bringing on a storm.
The fact that nothing of the sort happened due to my tempting of the weather gods did not faze her in the least. A few weeks later, at a function at her place, she was telling her parish priest who was there (she is a devout Roman Catholic) that she has observed that the winter storm patterns seem to be avoiding the Cleveland area and she put this down to her prayers to St. Joseph. The fact that her prayers were inconveniencing people elsewhere did not seem to strike her.