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49% of [Australian] women have sought the advice of a psychic or astrologer. 84% of women believe houses can be haunted. Reader's Digest March 2004 p32-33

78% of Australians read their horoscopes. 51% of them believe there is something in it. Reader's Digest March 2004 p33

The number of witches in Australia more than quadrupled between the 1996 and 2001 censuses. Australian Bureau of Statistics as reported in Reader's Digest July 2004, p 16

Timed births are becoming popular with couples in central India. Parents-to-be are increasingly opting to have their children delivered at the time suggested to them by local astrologers. The right timing of an "astro-child" is said to be a surefire way to ensure its health, happiness and success, reports The Telegraph of Calcutta. Dr Kiran Julkar, who runs a Bhopal nursing home, says, "If parents insist on some auspicious time, we oblige them depending on the health of the baby and the would-be mother." Astrologer Swami Trilokinathji Maharaj says: "Financial aptitude, fame and fortune, career - everything could be ensured by timing the birth. Reader's Digest March 2005 p 13

Lonely and desperate for female company, a frog telephones a psychic phone service to find out what his future holds. He is told, "You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you." Thrilled beyond belief, the frog asks excitedly, "That's fantastic! Where will I meet her? At work? At a party?" "No," says the psychic. "In a biology class." Reader's Digest April 2005 p 66