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Pass the Salt Please

“Pass the salt, please.” Instantly I’m handed way more salt than my body could possibly handle, and I shake some on my dinner to my palette’s delight. My passionate salting makes me especially clumsy, and I drop the salt shaker onto the table, freeing a collection of brilliant white grains.  “Quickly over the shoulder,” my grandma blurts out in concerned Russian. She’s referring to the superstition that spilling salt is bad luck and welcomes lies, treachery, darkness. This superstition, originates from the Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, in which Judas, the original traitor, is seen knocking over the salt cellar with his elbow. It is believed, for inexplicable reasons, that when one spills salt, a flick of salt over the left shoulder is supposed to blind the devil lurking behind you. And so I oblige, after all why tempt forces I cannot reason with, as in my grandma’s anxiety regarding this matter? In any case, it’s just a little salt. not like it’s valuable. Salt is cheap and widely available. We often take for granted salt’s availability and low …