Bloomin’ jacarandas set to cause havoc with UQ exam results

Bloomin’ jacarandas set to cause havoc with UQ exam results
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As jacaranda trees begin to bloom, University of Queensland grounds manager Shane Biddell has warned students about a superstition on campus.

“My wife, who was a UQ student, told me the myth she heard was that if you were hit by a falling jacaranda [blossom], you would fail your exam,” he said.

Jacaranda blooms make a striking display against sandstone at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.

“I warn students now and tell them don’t get hit, otherwise you’ll fail your exam. But some tell me, no, it’s the opposite – if you get hit, you’ll ace it.”

Mr Biddell, who has worked at the St Lucia campus for 25 years, said despite the superstition changing since the 1990s to a more positive one, he believed his wife – “that’s the one I’m sticking with.”



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