Why homeowners bury St. Joe

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He’s back. He’s buried. He’s upside-down. How perfect. Or, alternatively, how weird.

"He" is of course St. Joseph, the patron of carpenters, who may be buried in a front yard near you at this very moment.

No one seems to know how this tradition got started, nor is there much agreement about the ritual itself. But in essence, the idea is that home sellers bury St. Joseph — in statue form, of course — in the front yard, say a prayer and, voila, a speedy sale is assured, even if their home has been on the market for months at a price that hasn’t been seen in years.