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October 29, 2012

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Superstitious behavior

Tonawanda News — You step up to the seven dots on the floor. You have the bowling ball in your hands. You walk your three-and-a-half steps and release the ball. The ball spins and turns down the lane. As it veers away from the middle, your torso starts leaning in towards the head pin. As you lean, the ball changes course a little. You lean farther and the ball leans farther. You get nine pins down!

The next time you bowl, you will most likely lean as soon as the ball leaves you and farther over. Maybe by bending into the lane adjacent you will really curve that ball and get a strike? If this describes your bowling approach, you have performed a superstitious behavior.

If you had not leaned in the first place you would have still gotten nine pins down. If you had closed your eyes you would have gotten nine pins down. The truth about why your ball curved all over the lane was because you had a hook on it as it left your body, not because of what your body did after the ball left you.

A ranch worker is about to feed a horse. The horse starts pawing at the door. The worker feeds the horse. The next time the worker is inside the barn the horse starts pawing at the door, waiting for food. The horse is exhibiting a superstitious behavior, because it thinks in order for it to get food it needs to paw at the door.

You press the elevator door button. The button light turns on. Another person comes to the elevator and sees the light on. They press the button again. You think to yourself how stupid they are, you just pressed the button. Then another person comes up, also sees the light on and they also press the button. Are these people morons? A few seconds go by, nothing happens. You press the button again. The door opens forty seconds later. You have the magic touch. Pressing the button multiple times did not make the elevator come quicker.

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