October 21, 2011, 7:50 AM — 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?
Here's a look at the superstitions and irrational beliefs that lurk beneath that Spock-like exterior.