January 21, 2002 |
So it's payback time, you wily, old Jinx. Finally, you're plastered on the cover of Sports Illustrated, sprung to life in the form of a lone black cat. The headline: "The Cover that No One Would Pose for: Is the SI Jinx for Real?" In the magazine's current issue, an investigative team attempts to deconstruct the Jinx, or the enduring superstition that the cover of Sports Illustrated brings bad luck. Consider the numbers, teases senior writer Alexander Wolff in the Jan. 21 edition.
June 27, 2001 |
Malaysian police arrested the last of four suspects in the slaying of an American woman who authorities believe was killed in a ritual to obtain lottery numbers from the spirits. The remains of Carolyn Jamaica Noraini Abdullah, who was 35 when she disappeared near the northern city of Ipoh in November 1999, were unearthed Friday in a shallow grave at an oil palm plantation. Authorities believe the killing was carried out by three men and a woman.
May 7, 2001 |
Timothy Murray had a comfortable life: a college education, good jobs, fulfilling relationships. "I've always had real good luck." That was before he crossed paths with Pele. Murray's luck went south in 1997 after he went to Hawaii to accept a new job. When the job fell through, Murray consoled himself with a trip to the Big Island and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Entranced by the island's black sand beaches, Murray did what tourists often do.
December 29, 2000 |
College professor Nguyen Ngoc Hung had spent nearly three decades searching for the remains of his brother, who died at age 20 fighting U.S. troops. Hung had scoured battlefields in Vietnam's Central Highlands and talked to military commanders and pored through archival records, always coming up empty-handed. Finally, in desperation, he went to a psychic here and explained his grief. "This is easy," Pham Thi Hang said. "I can help."
September 17, 2000 |
Waving swords in the dark, 10 frenzied men battered at the frail wooden door of Manikui Goipai's mud and thatch house while she trembled on her bed and her family tried to keep the attackers out. "Kill the witch!" they screamed. Hours earlier, a villager had died of tuberculosis. But in a land where people grow up on superstition, rumors quickly spread that a woman had caused the death through witchcraft. The village ojha, or exorcist, declared it was Goipai.
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August 13, 2000 |
For 12-year-old Elizabeth Best, it's eating a sugary wad of cotton candy. For 14-year-old Allison Kanny, it's slurping an ice-cold cherry slush. And for 13-year-old Alysia Sanchez, it's making sure her mom stays home. Call it superstition, but for members of Mesa Union School's Academic Rodeo team, these quirky pre-competition rituals Saturday spelled W-I-N.
January 9, 2000 |
A terrified Belgian tourist has asked that a stone he took home from an ancient Scottish burial site be returned to its rightful place, saying the souvenir had been haunting him. Tourism officials in Scotland's northern Highlands region said they received the 2-pound stone in the mail with a letter from the unnamed tourist. The letter said that, since the tourist took the stone home, his daughter had broken her leg, he had lost his job and his wife had fallen ill.
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
November 30, 1999 |
Maybe it's the pacing, which is wearing out a carpet at Staples Center. Maybe it's the "OK, Rob, give the guys a stretch." Maybe it's leaving the locker room the same way, every game. It could be Andy Murray's coaching, unless you're into the occult or looking for some sort of mystic reason for the Kings' success through their first 25 games.
September 8, 1999 |
Are you the superstitious bride or groom type, making sure your marriage mojo is a go-go before you utter "I do"? If you are, we've got nuptial news for you: avoiding ladders, black cats and cracks on sidewalks is wimpy stuff compared with what author Dona Chernoff Eichner has uncovered in her book "Getting Hitched Without a Hitch: How to Plan a Dream Wedding in the Real World," (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1999, $12.95).