When you were a kid, what was the first thing that came to mind at the first signs of any snow?

"Snow Day!"

With different forecasts calling for anywhere from six to 22-inches of snow in the next day or so, I'm sure just about every school-aged kid is doing their best "snow dance" right now.

My wife is a middle school teacher, and today she heard kids talking about a bunch of crazy things they were all going to do to try and make sure they get a snow day. I had never heard of any of the things they told her, but I looked them up and, sure enough, there are four very common superstitions about how to get a snow day.

  1. Put a spoon under your pillow. (Other variations I found were a silver spoon under your pillow, a wooden spoon under your pillow, or anything silver under your pillow.)
  2. Flush ice cubes down the toilet. (Other variations I found specified the number of cubes to flush, specified that you had to throw the cubes in the toilet, and another said to throw the ice cubes at a tree, not down the drain.)
  3. Put on your pajamas, both backwards and inside-out. (Most variations involved an either/or scenario here.)
  4. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand. (What if you're ambidextrous?)

In hopes of happy kids across our fine city, I thought I'd do my best to try and get everyone a snow day.

Although, if it works it will be bittersweet for me. I don't get snow days. I'll be on the air at 5AM telling you if there are any school closures.

And I'll be jealous.

Do you have any superstitions you use to try and affect the weather?