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Posted by Lewis on July 18, 2003

In Reply to: Cuisineomancy posted by Bob on July 16, 2003

: : : : : BIBLE DIP - "All the Finches did bible-dips. It was like asking a Magic Eight Ball a question, only you were asking God. The way it worked was, one person held the bible while another person thought of a question to ask God, like, 'Should I get my hair cut short?' Then the person holding the bible opened it at random, and the person asking the question dropped his or her finger on the page. Whatever word your finger landed on, this was your answer." From "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs, Picador, New York, 2002, a true story by the survivor of a very strange childhood.

: : : : Isn't that called "bibliomancy"? (seriously)

: : : : "Bible dip" - the Bible belt's equivalent to guacamole.

: : : Right you are -- about the bibliomancy. I knew of the practice but hadn't heard either term.

: : : BIBLIOMANCY - "Bibliomancy is divination using a book, sometimes a bible is used.
: : : The book will be opened at a random page and while keeping your eyes closed you will point at a line or passage in the book. Moslems use the Quran for this divination.
: : : During the middle ages Virgils Aeneid was popular." http://www.paralumun.com/bibliomancy.htm accessed July 14, 2003.

: I say we use "The Art of French Cooking." That way the answer to life's problems might turn out to be a nice veal chop with haricot vert.

or using a travel brochure - you get a nice weekend in Bruges.

Nice idea - you give "the spirits" a little help in the solutions department.
(You could imagine a Native American spirit guide
saying "You got problems? Give me some help here!" I watched "The Outlaw Josey Wales" the other evening and the actor who played his Cherokee sidekick had great comic timing - brilliantly understated)