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You’ve heard it three times. Well, perhaps three times three times. Or maybe like three thousand times three billion times.
But that still don’t make it true, capsice?
There is a widely-held myth that misfortune comes in waves of …yep, tres. #BadLuckThrees
This is supposedly especially true in the case of celebrity deaths.
Not sure how that theory originated but the dark days of June 23 through June 25, 2009 didn’t do much to dispel the fable. It was during those 72 hours (yeah, three days) when Ed McMahon (on the 23rd) then Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson (within a few hours of each other on the 25th) all died.
Within no time, people everywhere were claiming the threesome had fallen victim to the dreaded “death in triplicate” rule.
Ask any scientist and she will tell you there is absolutely no truth that disasters, mishaps and catastrophes occur in clusters of three.
Okay, fine, so most of us don’t regularly lunch with Sheldon Cooper but read any science-based article on the hypothesis and you will find the same result: they do not. We humans have just convinced ourselves of this fallacy.
And it just ain't so, yo. Heck -- lots of cool stuff comes in threes, no?
Tune in Sunday for my column "1, 2, 3 - Oh Mercy Me" and read along as I debunk all the junk.
PS 34:2 AND 9, 17-18, 19-20 R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor. or: R. Alleluia. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the LORD delivers him. Alleluia JN 20:29 You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!