An Angel in My P-O-C-K-E-T
Um. Okay, maybe not everyone else knows Christians who believe that Tarot cards, Oujia boards, and crystals are evil (I just think they're bogus), but...her “lucky” angel pendant?
Aside from my disappointment that this girl has obviously never learned anything really worth knowing (i.e., that winning a spelling bee, whatever knowledge that truly displays—and that’s up for debate—is achieved through hard work and study, not luck), since when, even in the most irrational religious doctrine, have angels been bringers of luck? Isn't that, uh, mixing your irrationalities?
This reminds me of an intriguing book that I saw online:
Theological Incorrectness : Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn't
This book does not examine why people have religious beliefs, but why they would subscribe to other irrational beliefs (like lucky charms or saints) that contradict their stated religious beliefs (like Christianity or Islam—yes, even though they're not supposed to, some Muslims revere saints).
Mike Celizic weighs in on the popularity of spelling bees:
The geography bee involves actual useful knowledge; your friendly word processing program may tell you that you’ve misspelled Tuscaloosa, but won’t object in the least if you put the town in Idaho or Uzbekistan. And if you intend to travel to Tuscaloosa, it might be helpful to know it’s in Alabama.
But the public doesn’t care. [Me: no shit!] More than half of Americans can’t find Iraq on a map of the Middle East. Fewer still can even identify all of the states by their shapes. But ignorance doesn’t explain the fact that the spelling bee is a prime-time event and the geography bee isn’t. The number of people who are competent spellers is probably no greater than the number who know even the basics about geography.
The difference has to be that Americans don’t think geography is important. But spelling is.
But the sad thing really is that Americans attribute academic excellence (which I’m not sure a spelling bee measures, rather than aping ability) to lucky charms and inherited geekiness.