If you visit the Shore on a regular basis, chances are good at some point in your life a bird will poop on you. It may seem counter-intuitive, but more people than I’d care to admit believe if a bird lets loose on you, good things are coming your way.
No one really knows the origin of this superstition. Maybe it was just a way to make something gross and messy seem less yucky. Or maybe it was just ginned up over the years to help drug stores at the beach sell lottery tickets.
Regardless, the lack of specificity leads to some questions about how this feces miracle is supposed to work:
– Does the location of the hit matter? When bird poop lands on your head, is it inherently luckier than if it were to strike your shoe?
– Does size matter? Will goose droppings offer more luck than the leftovers of a tiny songbird?
– What about geography? Getting pooped on while you’re about to go home is one thing. Waking up on the beach like a bird toilet surrounded by laughing friends is something else entirely.
Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer as It’s a Shore Thing follows the adventures of the Featherstone family as they run the family bed and breakfast in out-of-the-way North Lower Bayheightsville.