Bloomin’ jacarandas set to cause havoc with UQ exam results
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.
“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.”