Luck its something we all want. Sometime it’s
good other times it can be bad. Is there anything we can do to improve our
luck? Can talismans and charms make us have less
bad luck and more good luck? In this video we take a look at the Charm
of Cheltenham and ask if this, and other trinkets of good fortune can really make a difference?
Stick around to the end of the video to find out how you can become luckier.
Welcome to if So what is the charm of Cheltenham?
This lucky object appeared in a recent article published on the website Haunted Ohio.
The charm has a long history, first being used as a mascot for a squadron of ww1 pilots.
In those first days of flight things were very dangerous, if you weren’t killed in
training you surely would be the moment you flew your first combat mission.
This lead to the creation of many superstitions and a reliance on good old fashioned luck
to survive. This is where the little guy “Scotch Jock”
enters the picture. Dr A. Cosgrave George sent the lucky charm
to a young R.A.F. pilot after He had received a letter asking for his help.
It read: Sir,—A little over five months ago, a young
friend of mine, who is in an O.T.C., [Officers’ Training Corps] wrote to me, enclosing a letter
from his particular school chum, who was being trained as a pilot in the R. A.F. My friend’s
object in writing was to beg for my assistance on behalf of his friend in the R.A.F. The
latter, when just on the point of obtaining his “wings” had crashed badly two or three
times in succession, with the result that he had completely lost his nerve, and was
in the very depths of despair, for it meant that all hope of obtaining his pilot’s certificate
had gone. In his trouble he had written to his old school friend, and the latter in turn
wrote- at once to me, begging for my prompt assistance, ”occult” or otherwise.
This was the start of ‘Scotch Jock’s’ journey, having been a lucky charm carried for a few
years in the man’s waist coat. It was now being wrapped up and sent to a new life in
the air service. ‘Scotch Jock’ did come with some basic instructions
for the pilot to follow 1. It was to be worn night and day without
fail. 2. It was never to be touched by anyone but
the wearer. These instructions would guarantee that the
pilot would regain his confidence and as an added bonus he and any plane he flew in would
also be protected from misfortune. Reports from the base say that the pilot did
indeed regain his nerve and also went on to become a night observer, whom would run multiple
bombing runs over France. Surviving the war unscathed. The R.A.F. man wrote the doctor thanking him
for the object of his good fortune the letter said. Dear Doctor,—
I have not forgotten that you said you would be interested to hear from me. You will remember
that five months ago you gave me a little charm after my crash, and temporary loss of
nerve, which A. P. told you of. I have worn your charm religiously, and though
of course I cannot say how far that is instrumental, it is certainly true that I seem to have been
especially protected. Only a week ago I was crashed badly by my pilot through the engine
cutting out in the air. We came down on a sunken road, and wrecked the machine absolutely.
If we had not been quick to put out the first flames, we should have been on fire very soon,
and we were carrying 350 lb. of high explosive in the shape of bombs. The crash was sufficient
to kill us, and it is marvelous that the bombs did not explode, for they were knocked clean
off the racks, which crashed into the embankment. Yet I escaped without a scratch, and the pilot
almost as easily. Apart from that, five times our engine has
failed. Each time by that “untraced causation” which is called “luck,” it has been on
this side of the lines. Otherwise I should have been a prisoner or worse. And each time
we have managed to make a safe landing, which in unknown country at night is nothing short
of wonderful. So whatever may be the truth of things, I am certainly happy in my horoscope.
I thought I would let you know this. I shall be coming home to England in a month, to have
another try for my pilot’s wings. I shall have as much need then of your charm.
Gratefully yours, —– Lt. R.A.F. From this letter it would seem that the pilot
did have share of bad luck crashing his aircraft numerous times.
This could however be seen as good luck, after all he did survive each time, and during a
war I think a large number of planes would be lost, and the pilots too.
So can we influence our luck are there ways to swing events in our favor.
From that great feeling you get when finding money on the street, we all have days when
we seem luckier than on others. Is this luck some kind of mysterious supernatural
force guiding us through life, rewarding our good deeds or can we just thank ourselves
for maybe being a little more observant on a certain day?
Researching luck has been the focus of many over the years. The many attempts to decode
the secrets of good fortune uncovering some interesting facts.
This research found that what a person might perceive as “luck” has more to do with
psychology than probability; “luck” is actually just our own positive attitude. This attitude
keeps us open to new opportunities or perceiving patterns in random acts of chance.
Let’s take a look at some of this research and its findings and see if we can uncover
a pattern that could make us luckier. First are those people we all know those that
seem to blessed “The Lucky People” Richard Wiseman, (what a great name for a
professor) has carried out a number of studies trying to figure out how we can separate the
qualities of a lucky person from those of the unlucky.
In one such study, he divide a group into those that thought themselves lucky and unlucky.
They then read a newspaper. On one page of a newspaper, he penned in large
letters: “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.”
The group that identified as lucky were more likely to see the ad, Where as the “unlucky”
people demonstrated more anxiety. This anxiety made the group less observant.
He created “The four principles of Luck” which can be found his web site.
So with these luck hacks could we make Games of Chance work to our benefit?
If we take the simple coin toss and say that we have just flipped heads four times in row,
the logical next flip would be a tail. This is wrong, its cognitive bias.
The odds of flipping heads or tails is still 50/50.
This form of thinking has a name it is known as “gambler’s fallacy”
The cause of this way of thinking is to do with the brain and it’s pattern seeking behavior.
Our brains evolved to seek these patterns, this once helped us spot predators and see
the migratory patterns of our prey. Today these abilities are used to entertain,
gambling and gaming trigger the brain. These explanations help us wrap our heads
around the odd bit of luck. Winning at a game or hitting it big on the
lottery, but what about those that hit a roll do Lucky Streaks fit with the same models?
whats the secret to hitting a winning streak. When placing bets in game like craps or roulette
your betting shifts your odds. A person who wins two bets in a row has a
57 percent chance of winning the next one, but a person who has lost two bets in a row
has only a 40 percent chance of winning . Why?
According to a study published last year, people again fear that their bets will regress
to the mean—that if they won, they are more likely to lose the next time, so they compensate
for it by making safer bets. I guess we can always rely on good old Superstition
to help us out. Crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, charms
and amulets just like Scotch Jock from the start of the video.
several studies have shown that superstitions might work, although not in the way that you
may think. Researchers have hypothesized that the people
who use lucky charms tend to persist at problems longer, saying they felt more effective,almost
as if they had assistance from some other power.
people feel empowered when they think that something else is helping them, so they actually
do better at the tasks in hand. So if you want to get lucky, find yourself
a lucky charm. Do you have a lucky charm?
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