Superstitions, myths, omens, and irrational beliefs certainly play a role in cultures throughout the world and here we propose to offer a few for your entertainment and enjoyment. For ease, the topic of superstitions can be divided into three main categories: those that bring bad luck; those bringing good luck and the third type which can be called myths or folklore.
- Bad Luck Superstitions
- Good Luck Superstitions
- Folklore Examples of Good and Bad Luck
- Chinese Bad Luck
- Parachute Troops Drop in to Jail
- Bad Luck - Blame the Messenger?
- Ten Funny and Strange Ideas about Luck
* Counting Your MagpiesOne for sorrow, two for mirth, Three for a wedding, four for a birth, Five for silver, six for gold, Seven for a secret not to be told. Eight for heaven, nine for hell, And ten for the devil's own sel'. Or more commonly: One for sorrow, two for joy; Three for a girl, four for a boy; Five for silver, six for gold; Seven for a secret, never to be told; Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss; Ten for a bird that's best to miss.
- If the flame of a candle flickers and then turns blue, there's a spirit in the room.
- If a bird flies through your house, it indicates important news. If it can't get out, the news will be death.
- If you feel a chill up your spine, someone is walking on your future grave.
- A person born on Halloween will have the gift of communicating with the dead.
- A bat in the house is a sign of death.
- If a bird flies towards you, bad fortune is imminent.
- If your palm itches, you will soon receive money. If you scratch it, your money will never come. Will's wife always says about hands itching: 'Right to receive; left to pay out.'
- Many Romans wore lucky charms and amulets to avert the "evil eye."
- If a person experiences great horror, their hair turns white.
- A hat on a bed will bring bad luck.
- Eat an apple on Christmas Eve for good health the next year.
- The superstition of knocking on wood for good luck originates from pagan beliefs in regard to trees.
- Crows are viewed as a bad omen, often foretelling death. If they caw, death is very near.
Crow StoryA large number of dead crows were found along a highway in Canada and it was feared that an out break of Avian flu had been their demise. An Avian Pathologist examine the crows, and concluded that it was NOT Avian Flu but impact with a motor vehicle that caused the problem. He further opined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by cars. An Ornithological Behaviorist was consulted and the problem was discovered; When crows eat road kill, they always post a "look-out Crow" in a nearby location, to warn the birds in the roadway. His conclusion was that the lookout crow could not say "Truck" only "Cah." [Kindly sent in by Pastor Fred]
Some Hilarious and Funny Old Wives' TalesLaugh Along With Will And Guy At What Our Ancestors' Believed
- Whooping Cough:a)Take a caterpillar, wrap it in a small bag of muslin, and hang bag around the neck of the affected child. The caterpillar will die and the child will be cured.b) Take the child on a train, open the window and get the child to hang its head out and the coughing will cease.c) Pour a bowl of milk; invite a ferret to lap from the bowl. Get the child to drink the rest of the milk and all will be well.
- To give birth to a boy: eat loads of bananas. [May be true - high potassium content is associated with having boys.]
- Cramp: if troubled at night - put a cork under your pillow.
- Rheumatism: to get rid of it - carry a walking stick made from elder which has exactly 5 or 7 knots.
- Carrots: eating carrots improves your vision at night.
- Toads: if you touch a toad then you will get warts.
- Warts: to get rid of warts rub the infected spot with a cut potato and then bury the potato in the garden.
- Dandelions: if you pick a dandelion then you will wet the bed.
- You'll catch a cold if you go out with wet hair: Untrue since the cold is a virus.
- Tongue: If you bite your tongue while you are eating then you have recently told a lie.
Bad Luck - Trouble?It's surprising how often if you do the wrong thing, you not only get into trouble, but also suffer a double whammy with a dose of bad luck. A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?' Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?' Some weeks later, an army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?
After patiently waiting in the queue with fellow customers, the man made his move, ordering the bank cashier to fill a bag full of cash, Sky News reports. Unfortunately for the suspect, a dye pack inside the bag exploded. Also in a second stroke of bad luck, the man's face could be clearly seen by the CCTV camera through his foliage. He was later arrested at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. See more bad luck stories
Yet More Bad Luck
- He that is afraid of bad luck will never know good. - Russian proverb
- I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. - Stephen Wright
- It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday. - American Proverb
- I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't. - Patrick Murray
- Do you believe that getting married on a Friday brings bad luck ? Of course, why would Friday be an exception? - Anon
- If a funeral car passes you should hide your thumb. - Japanese belief
- A black cat crossing the street in front of you causes bad luck.
- A rabbit's foot, a four-clover leaf, or a horseshoe, may ward off bad luck to the owner.
- Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Luck never made a man wise. - Seneca