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It's somehow akin to reading the Mass backward: It tempts fate, piquing repressed superstitions.
In joke one, "Technogeek," a nerdy inventor tempts fate when he enters a seedy bar and starts talking into his hand, into which, he insists, he inserted a phone.
Delighted manager Arthur Walker said: "We've now won four on the trot and I know it tempts fate but I hope we've turned the corner.