14 April 2011

When a Bike is Stolen a Fairy Dies


Our reader Rachel took this shot in Adelaide, Australia and fired it off to us. Thanks so much for that, Rachel.

I quite like it.

It reminded me of something completed unrelated. There is an old Danish superstition that if you light a cigarette directly from a candle flame, an Icelandic sailor dies. You can, however, save his life if you quickly light a match, let it burn halfway, grab the burnt end and let it burn the entire length, without breaking it.

On a vaguely more related note, Icelanders believe in fairies and elves. They actually reroute roads to avoid rock formations where they may be living in colonies. And this in the most literate country in the world.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show how heavily inbred Icelanders are.

shuichi said...

What a curse but a bit sacred word...

tstreet said...

When a bike is stolen, maybe more people end up biking.

Kiwehtin said...

Well, at least they aren't going around trying to impose the Good News of their fairies and elves on other people and force everybody to abide (on pain of punishment) by a Universal Moral Code they imagine their fairies and elves handed down in some mysterious past.

I prefer the whimsical fairies and elves (and our sasquatch in Canada) to some of the more virulent superstitions that poison people's lives around the world!

Chiara said...

I bet this has lots to do with Barrie's Peter Pan.

Anonymous said...

Just to confirm that there are many fairies in Adelaide. They get around either in white and black jumpers, or the same with a touch of teal. They're tough buggers though and beat up members of the corvid family for fun.