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NEWS
May 20, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Oyeyinka Adegoke, the elderly tribal chief for this steamy little village, has fathered three sets of twins in his 70 years, a feat not much rarer in these parts than an afternoon rain shower. "There are many, many twins here, yes," Adegoke said one afternoon not long ago, as heavy clouds rolled in. "But as a Yoruba man, I know there are twins everywhere." The 18 million Yoruba people of western Nigeria, in fact, have the highest rate of producing twins in the world.
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REAL ESTATE
December 19, 1999
Why do you insist on printing fatuous superstitions such as feng shui in what purports to be a news section of your paper? Put this bogus claptrap where it belongs, somewhere between the religion column and the horoscopes. I hate to be the one to tell you, but the quality of one's life has nothing to do with frontdoor placement. ROBERT BARRETT Santa Monica
SPORTS
March 17, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK
It goes without saying, when your team's pitcher is working on a no-hitter, keep your mouth shut. True to one of baseball's most-sacred superstitions, all players were mum in the Calabasas High dugout Friday as senior Tanner Trosper tried for a no-hitter in a Frontier League opener at Santa Clara. Trosper, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-hander, retired the first two batters in the seventh inning, notching his sixth strikeout, while preparing to bring down the curtain on the Coyotes' 5-0 victory.
NEWS
September 17, 1993 | ROSE-MARIE TURK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before actress Bette Ford appeared on shows like "Cheers" and "L.A. Law," she was a matador who wore a religious medallion and a pair of red-and-white silk panties for luck. In case anyone doubts that underwear helped Ford survive five years in the ring and 400 bulls, she says the one time she didn't wear them, she dislocated her shoulder. As any true believer knows, a lucky charm just turns up.
SPORTS
June 28, 1990 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angelica Gavaldon won her second-round match Wednesday at Wimbledon, which means she soon will be kneeling in the bathtub again. It was a routine day for Gavaldon, the 16-year-old from Coronado, Calif., who beat Sara Gomer, 7-5, 0-6, 7-5, then reaffirmed her position as possibly the quirkiest player in tennis. In her first season as a professional, Gavaldon has proved to be a veteran of superstitions.
HOME & GARDEN
December 28, 2006 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
THEY cook, they clean, they shower in the extreme. At midnight they eat hoppin' John or 12 grapes or a dozen black-eyed peas -- all supposedly prescribed by the ancients to bring good luck in the new year. Canvas Southern California and you'll hear a thousand different home rituals -- ethnic customs, family traditions or just plain kooky rites of weirdness -- that are meant to be lucky. Skeptics may call it silly superstition, but what the heck.
SPORTS
July 27, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
The taxi screeched to a halt, lurching the passengers forward. "What the hell?" one of us asked. The driver did not speak English, but understood the question. He pointed toward a black cat that had darted across the road in front of him. We laughed. He laughed. He, however, did not proceed. Instead, he pulled over to the side of the road and parked. It was early in the morning. The drawbridges across the Neva River are raised at 1:30 a.m.
NEWS
April 15, 1996 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before every game, New York Yankee Wade Boggs eats chicken (that's 162 chicken meals a year) and engages in a two-hour ritual. A person having good fortune doesn't talk about it without knocking on wood, so as not to jinx it. Gamblers rub dice together gently for a low number and vigorously for a high one. Pregnant women avoid funerals because it could harm the baby. Superstitious ritual is the human species' attempt to impose order, control and certainty upon a random universe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
From reserving a banquet room at a highly coveted Chinese restaurant to ordering the three-layer wedding cake with pink icing, Daniel Ha made sure everything was perfect on his wedding day. But perhaps the most important detail was planned in consideration of his tradition-minded Chinese parents: He got married before the upcoming Chinese New Year.
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