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Picture of the day

January 17, 2014

Happy Friday folks!

Today is a New Year’s throwback – it feels so long ago already!

In Finland there is this tradition of melting a tin horseshoe and throwing it into some cold water which solidifies the tin. The idea is to interpret the shape of the tin in order to determine how the upcoming year will play out.

I won’t go into any great detail on how to interpret it, it is up to your imagination. Some other folks have written about it here, here and here*.

You can also see it done in this short video.

Anyways, the point of my post is to show you the tin I got. It looks like a snail… Oh wait, it gets better.


The Little Miss ever so insighfully said, “Mommy your garden will have lots of snails next summer!”


*The last link is from Tom Beidler, who sadly passed away very suddenly in the fall of 2012. He is missed by a lot of people.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2014 8:12 pm

    Wow that is really cool.

  2. anonymous permalink
    January 19, 2014 3:32 pm

    I suppose that explains why Tom hasn’t updated his blog for a while…

  3. Sonia permalink
    January 25, 2014 10:47 am

    The tradition is old Roman or Greek (unclear origin), but seems to be practiced on New Year’s Eve only in Nordic countries, Germany and Austria.

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