The World Cup is starting up in South Africa, and that’s got the vultures worried. You see, smoking vulture brains is apparently considered good luck in parts of Africa. No kidding. The brains are dried, ground up, and sprinkled over tobacco, then smoked. Supposedly it gives you visions, and dreams of winning lotto numbers.
This worries conservation groups, because apparently many of the species of vultures in South Africa are endangered, in part because of this practice. Of course, anybody with half a brain knows that the only part of a dead animal that’s the least bit lucky are fuzzy rodent feet.
This may be the oddest “good luck charm” I’ve ever heard of. Seriously. Can anybody top “smoking the brains of carrion eating birds?” If so, let me know in the comments.