Superstition may be almost extinguished in civilized countries, but certainly not in our theaters. In Germany we wish each other toi, toi, toi which is widely believed to be a substitute for the wellwisher's spitting over his or her friend's shoulder. Actually toi, toi, toi is a rudimentary form of a curse: Teufel, Teufel, Teufel, meaning three times devil. You must never ever answer a toi, toi, toi by a thank you, unless you want to invoke bad luck. The correct answer is Hals und Beinbruch or break neck and leg, a translation of the Yiddish hasloche un' broche.