6 true and tested IT superstitions

What dark powers do geeks turn to in times of need?

Editor's note: This slideshow was adapted from the article "IT superstitions: Astrology, sacrifice, and demons."

Of rubber chickens and magic switches...

People who work in IT have a certain reputation for being logical, rational, and unswayed by the mysterious or supernatural. But if that's so, why is there another strand in computer lore, with oft-retold tales of voodoo-powered rubber chickens that can fix a PDP-11, or of magic switches that could crash a computer in defiance of physical laws?

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Here's a look at the superstitions and irrational beliefs that lurk beneath that Spock-like exterior.

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