Rowan, 20Jul08 06.15 "One for sorrow" etc. is used when you see magpies.
You will rarely see very many, but I knew someone, who, if he saw a single magpye (Sorrow) would not go home until he had see another (Joy). I always thaough this was cheating, as i thought you needed to see whatever number together, not sequentially.
"Drove she ducklings to the water
Every morning just at NINE
Hit her foot against a splinter
Fell inmto the foaming brine.
Oh My Darling...