Other Prophecies and Superstitions

Have you ever walked under a ladder knowing it was bad luck? Have you ever thrown salt over your shoulder thinking it was good luck.

There are many superstitions and a number of famous prophecies. Nostradamus was a famous prophet. He was a famous 15th century Frenchman who made a name for himself making predictions. Reputedly some of his predictions came true. He made a successful career as stockbroker because he always knew how to predict the shareprices. But he was banned by the government for betting on races.

Throwing salt over your shoulder is supposed to bring good luck. But it’s not a very popular superstition – often the salt is mistaken for dandruff and occasionally it is thrown without looking and gets into someones eyes. Sunset Covers like this one though and they’ve added to it – they now throw salt, pepper, knives and custard pies.

The number 13

Defintely thought of as an unlucky number for some – however it is considered lucky in Russia.

The number 13 is considered unlucky due to Frug Frugenstein who was a 13th child, born on Friday the 13th – year 1313. He was born at 13:13pm and riddled with bad luck from the moment he was born.

One summer’s day Frug Frugenstein sneezed while riding his horse and he fell off just at the time when his horse was suffering from a bout of flatulence – the horse fainted and fell on top of him. He was then struck by lightning.

Rabbits Feet

Rabbits feet are considered a lucky charm and have been for centuries. But rabbits were unhappy about this and were sick of hobbling around the countryside on their stumps. The rabbits were so upset that in 1618 it led to the Great Rabbit Rebellion.

Through this period the prosthetic rabbit limb industry thrived.

The Four Leaf Clover

The four leaf clover is a symbol of good luck and they are collected around the world. In an effort for the above mentioned Frug Frugenstein to regain some luck in his life he ate 47 bowls of four leaf clovers thinking they would change his life. They certainly did because unfortunately he had accidentally picked high fibre spinach and spent the next six weeks sitting on his lavatory.




Hi, I’m Lew Siffer. I’ve got my hand in every pocket in town and using a little know how and some rumours of superstition and prophecies I’ve been doing very well for myself.

I find it good luck to spread as much bad luck as possible. Here is my guide to superstition and prophecies.


What are superstitions?

Superstitions are often an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome – whew!

They can originate from trivial objects and behaviours and even from old folklore. Superstitions are passed from generation to generation and can be thousands of years old.

So, is there any truth to superstition or is it mumbo jumbo.

Prophecies and Superstitions in Atlantis High.

Sophie and I were very clever with her show Simply Sophie – we managed to convince everyone in Sunset Cove that if Giles and Octavia stayed together then the world was going to end….mwaahaaaaaaaaaaaaa. We couldn’t have done anything better to get the ratings to skyrocket! Nevermind the fact that they were in love – this is television darling.

Then the frogs falling out of the sky!! Now that was pure genius. Just putting the lid on the prophecy by making them think those frogs were bad omens!

Apparently the Aliens also have some superstitions. On Phenorg it is good luck and a nice gesture to sneeze into someone’s face at close range. Mr Dorsey tried this on his first day on earth much to the disgust of the person he’d done it to – the man promptly knocked Mr Dorsey to the ground. But Mr Dorsey wasn’t phased by this – in Phenorg it is good luck to be knocked over by someone bigger than you.

Big D’s jeans are said to be saturated in the strongest pheromones that when a female is within 100 feet of them they will be irresistably attracted to the wearer – just like bee to pollen.

Commander Vermont and Dorothy felt drawn to go to the school prom. They knew they shouldnt’ attend but couldn’t help themselves. Something was going to happen if they attended the prom – but whether it be bad or not they had to go.

Imagine finding a 1 in a billion potato chip. That’s what happened to Don. Of the 600 billion potato chips consumed each year Don found the Elvis chip – the rarest chip in the world. People are buying potato chips in a frenzy all over the world in a bid to find the Britney Spears chip, the Ricki Martin chip and the Pamela Anderson chip. Will this bring them good luck?



Who is the mysterious character known as Lou Siffer?He appears in different guises throughout Sunset Cove – sometimes as the marketing director of the popular clothing giant, Rebelz schoolwear, but other times as the weatherman or newsreader on the television, even a lawyer.

Lou Siffer is always in love with money and will do whatever he can to make a profit and acquire dollars.

Does he have a different agenda beyond merely acquiring money? What impact might his activities have on the residents of Sunset Cove – and the world as a whole…?


Tom McCrory
Tom is a veteran of acting and has extensive experience in film, television, radio and advertisements. Tom is a senior teacher at Toi Whakaari the NZ Drama School.