Skeptical Sunday: When the Stakes Are High

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 16:00

Resume in hand, new suit pressed and buttoned – you’re all set for that job interview.  But before sitting down, you rub your lucky quarter – just to be sure.   People often fall back on superstitious habit when the pressure’s on.  But can we really nudge fate by wearing our favorite shirts and avoiding ebony cats? 

Also, speaking of high stakes – how to ward off vampires and why Vlad the Impaler was not the inspiration for the original Type O gourmet.  Also: how carnival freaks stay in show business…Brains on Vacation… and a reality check from Hollywood. 

It’s Skeptical Sunday… but don’t take our word for it!


  • Joe Nickell – Investigator for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and author of Secrets of the Sideshows
  • Kathryn Denning  - Professor of anthropology, York University
  • Bruce Hood – Experimental Psychologist, University of Bristol, U.K.
  • Emily Pronin – Professor of psychology, Princeton University
  • Phil Plait – Astronomer at Sonoma State, and author of the web site and book,
  • Jim Underdown