- Wissenschaft for the win (1): Naturalismus, die wissenschaftliche Methode und ihre Gegner (yep, German)
- The Swedish Furniture Name Generator – enter your name and get a name for Swedish furniture (including image); for my nick, the result is SIMDDDDUC or SIMDDDDYC or SIMMDDDDUC (seems to depend on whether you correct something and switch between windows?) or ÄNTRES for Andreas (via Alter Falter)
- German quotes and aphorisms about religion, church and moral (via sapere aude)
- Crazy stuff during the football Euro 2008 (German): Some use homeopathy and tarot cards
- Sapere aude (German) proves the statement “You owe me 100 Euro” the way some folks want to prove the existence of god.
- The Surrealist Compliment Generator (via Nerdcore) – e.g. „Fast blinking reveals the true visage of time pieces hidden within your eyes“ or „Your tears evoke a taste as memorable as honey.“
And almost every fifth is feeling uneasy today on Friday 13th.
This can also serve as a nice example for biased choice of words – since Statista titles (in German; my translation) “Friday 13th spreads only little fear”, based on the same number of 17.9% (see here (German); by the way, 22.3% of women say they’re “especially careful”).
The latter numbers are from a different poll (2007 Germans aged 14+, GfK, June 2008) than the one asking for particular objects or situations of superstition that is the basis for this post’s title (2000 Germans 16+, Allensbach, Nov. 2000):
Top to bottom: four-leaf clover; shooting star; chimney sweeper; black cat; the number 13; finding a horseshoe; cuckoo calling; spider in the morning; swallow’s nest; Friday; clock stopped ticking; the number 7; bad luck when a little owl calls; borrowing salt means bad luck; knife’s edge at the top brings quarrel: sheeps to the left; walking back when stumbling; door opens by itself; rain on bridal veil; touch a hunchback.
It’s of course hard to tell this way if those not believing in clover do believe in other stuff, so there may actually be more than 43% who decided to give their brain some time off in favor of their superstition.
Addendum: Julia reminded me about the extreme superstitions of US presidential candidate McCain and, to a much lesser extent or maybe not at all, Obama.
- Superstition homeopathy – an extensive analysis of the basic assumptions of homeopathy (German).
- A particularly stupid creationist argument that god exists (English, with video):
To summarize: God ordered the soldiers of the Hebrews to march around Jericho 6 times on 6 days, which means they would have traversed 6 * 360°, or 2160 degrees. The moon has a diameter of 2,160 miles. Therefore, God exists.
- Put a Little Science in Your Life – an article by the famous physicist Brian Greene (via Pharyngula)