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Old 12-08-2010, 10:38 PM
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Kids' superstitions: How to get a snow day

My credulous sons think that if you put a spoon under your pillow the night before, or wear your pajamas inside-out, you'll have no school the next day. I'd never heard of this before. Had you? Are there any other such kids' superstitions in your neck of the woods?
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:40 PM
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I used to do a snow dance (like a rain dance). I think it only worked once, but we got three days off because of it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:59 PM
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Wear plastic bags (usually, the ones that newspapers will come in) over your socks and in your shoes the prior day. It means you're expecting deep, wet, awe-inspiring snow. Or so kids thought where I grew up.

Other than that, the only other thing I ever remember kids doing is praying ala Bart Simpson.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:34 PM
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Our whole kindergarten class used to do a snow dance and song, and it always worked. (I have my suspicions now that the teacher was privy to the forecast for the next day.)
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:33 AM
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Christmas Eve and incoming snow were the only times I think I ever believed in God. And prayed like hell to Him for it. (That's right, I said Him - I'm supposed to be a Catholic).

Since then, the Big Guy and I have tried to establish a mutual assured destruction treaty. Negotiations are ongoing. Dammit - the dealer always wins. I don't think he's negotiating in good faith; perhaps I can find an arbitrator.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:31 AM
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I recently heard that flushing ice cubes down the toilet is one of the superstitions.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:34 AM
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or wear your pajamas inside-out, you'll have no school the next day.
I heard that one more than 50 years ago.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:19 AM
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I had a brief look in some folklore references: there are a lot of references to children's rhymes to encourage snow, in multiple languages, but I found less on superstitions. There's a more general superstition about wearing clothes inside-out, which is generally considered to bad luck or to invite trouble, but it could as easily be independent invention. Inversion of the ordinary.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:50 AM
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Even through high school, if we got a bit of snow but not enough for a delayed start or a day off, we would inquire as to which traitorous classmate neglected to turn their pajamas inside out before bed.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:08 PM
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Bah, that's all amateur snow-day superstition. When I was in high school, the teachers taught us about St. Scholastica, the patron saint of snow days. No, really.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:42 PM
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I don't remember what caused snow days, but when it did start snowing kids would yell "Hooray for Head & Shoulders!" (Snow, apparently, was dandruff from the angels in Heaven.)
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:00 PM
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I miss snow days. Even when I was completely snowed in last year for a week (a Corvette cannot negotiate a 3-foot berm of plowed snow very well) I still had to work remotely. I want a snow day!
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:43 PM
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Wear plastic bags (usually, the ones that newspapers will come in) over your socks and in your shoes the prior day. It means you're expecting deep, wet, awe-inspiring snow. Or so kids thought where I grew up.
And of course if it doesn't work, you get to stay home due to fulminant athlete's foot.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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My kids did the inside out pajamas one. FTR, it doesn't really work in Florida.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:08 AM
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Living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan did it for me. Plenty o' snow days every year.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:13 AM
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The closest thing I've heard about was that either El Nino or La Nina would mean no snow days. That, and we always joked about spraying down the superintendent's porch so he would think it too icy to go out. (And I just now got the much worse implications )
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:06 AM
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My wife just found these articles:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/talk/2008/0...stition_1.html
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...5202125AALDTx9
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