Etiquette & superstition: trains

When I see something labeled “spaghetti fight,” I have to watch it. Yesterday’s spaghetti fight on the subway in NYC wasn’t as full of spaghetti flinging as I might have hoped, as it was more of a fight involving some spaghetti. Of course, it’s still kind of interesting to watch if you don’t experience this sort of thing on your everyday commute. Spaghetti is not actually thrown until the 2:38 mark; if you are impatient, you may want to check out “2 Rats and a Baguette” while you’re waiting, as YouTube is suggesting.

ETIQUETTE: The comments section of is quickly filling up with arguments about exceptions to Hamilton Nolan’s pronouncement that it is rude to eat on the subway. One comment in particular grabbed my attention: “What about a nice piece of fruit?” I couldn’t take offense at a nice little old piece of fruit, could I? Well yes, I could, and here is the reason why. The way this is phrased clearly indicates to me that the enquirant is going to take liberties with what constitutes a “nice piece of fruit” and pollute the atmosphere with a banana. So the answer is no. Do not eat your nice piece of fruit on the subway.

SUPERSTITION: Trains. Oh yes, this post is ostensibly about trains. Trains are a good thing to wish upon. Make a wish when you see a train backing up or when you see a smoke ring coming from the engine. If you see two smoke rings, you may make two wishes. It is doubly lucky if you see a train driven by two engines, but don’t stick around to view the end of the train, or your good luck will be transformed to bad.

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