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14 April 2011

When a Bike is Stolen a Fairy Dies

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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.