Author Archives: Benjamin White

Killing Spiders

Killing Spiders is bad luck. My informant first heard this from his girlfriend a few years ago. He described his girlfriend as being “really superstitious,” and seemed to disregard most of her other beliefs. Perhaps his belief in this is related to his arachnophobia. This folk belief can also be found in The Adventures of… Continue Reading »


In programming, a bug is unintentional/unwanted behavior of a program or algorithm. The story goes that back when computers were being developed in the 1940’s, computers occupied huge, refrigerated rooms. One day while one of these computers was running, it began to behave sporadically. Perplexed, the engineers began going through all of the hardware to… Continue Reading »