#FortuneTellerToldMe via Hashtag, You’re It!: @BrandNewMcMann The Top Picks

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As humans, we have always wanted to know about what is going to happen in the future.  The unknown scares us so trying to make sense of the unknowable gives us a form of comfort.  Trying to find out the future isn’t even a modern idea.  It’s been around since man first walked upright on two legs.  There have been many ways that humans have tried to discern the future.  There’s Lithomancy, which is divination by stones or by charms or talismans.  Or Oneiromancy, which is divination by means of dreams.  Or Spatulamancy, which is divination by means of an animal’s shoulder blade.  Or my favorite Oomancy, which is divination by means of eggs.  Basically that’s trying to predict the future by looking at the shape an egg white takes while it cooks.  But some of the first humans to predict the future were called Oracles.  The most famous oracle being the Oracle Of Delphi.  Oracles are said to be conduits between humans and gods.  The gods spoke thru them and man had to figure out the meaning.  People claiming to know the future have been doing it throughout the ages.  Most people agree that it’s all a con game.  No one can predict the future.  It’s all a show to make you feel better.  That’s why they are call Fortune Tellers and not Destiny Tellers or Fate Tellers.  We only want to know the good things that will happen to us.  We don’t want to hear that we’re going to die alone in an apartment filled with cats.  We only want to hear that we’re going to change the world and that our names will never be forgotten.  Of the 7 billion people on this planet right now I’ve got to break it to you…..it’s not going to happen.  But even with this knowledge that it’s all a scam we can’t help to wonder if maybe it’s true that they can see what’s going to happen to us in the future.  We’re curious.  That’s why fortune tellers are still so popular.  Miss Cleo, Jean Dixon, Uri Geller, Nostradamus these are names we all know!  The Psychic Friends Network, at it’s height, was bringing in over 125 million a year.  Curiosity overpowers our good senses and so we find ourselves sitting into front of a woman wearing a scarf on her head and speaking in a bad eastern European accent waving her hand over a crystal ball.  But what does she say to you?  That’s what I asked twitter this week with the hashtag #FortuneTellerToldMe.  So check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next exciting episode of “Hashtag, You’re It”

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