Turns out - there are some pretty wacky nautical superstitions out there. Here are a few gems:
Really, who comes up with this stuff?! And to anyone out there who owns any part of the amniotic sac and carries it around for good luck - please seek help.
- Black traveling bags are bad omens for sailors.
- Avoid flat-footed people when beginning a trip BUT the bad luck can be averted if you speak to the flat-footed person before they speak to you.
- Avoid red-headed people when beginning a trip BUT (like the above) the bad luck can be averted if you speak to the red head before they speak to you.
- The caul of a newborn is protection against drowning and will bring the owner good luck (FYI 'caul' is essentially the amniotic sac....ummmmm who OWNS this sort of thing!?!).
- The feather of a wren slain on New Years Day will protect a sailor from dying in a shipwreck.
There is a tremendous amount of power in belief and maybe - just maybe if Scott and I offer Neptune some libations and goodies along our journey (hope he likes Rum!), he'll take good care of us (wink)! It's worth a shot (literally)!