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#1    Child of Bast

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

I am looking to collect a lot of superstitions from people around the world. Anything and everything you know of, whether you believe them or not, please share. I'm trying to collect a bunch for a blog series I'm hoping to put together for one of my blogs.

And when you post, please let me know what country you live in, if it's not apparent by your location on the side.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

http://www.corsinet....ivia/scary.html

That should keep you busy for a couple of hours, Kasey!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

Toss salt over the shoulder- I do both just to keep everyone happy, lol.
Don't walk under ladders
Crossing over water can keep you safe from all sorts of paranormal things
Don't bring a single daffodil into the house, it brings sorrow with it if you do.
Cover the mirrors in a house in mourning, otherwise the deceased my be able to come back or haunt you.

Crows..
One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for wedding
Four for birth
Five for silver
Six for gold
And seven for a secret that must never be told.
And hehe I have a murder of 7 in my yard, wonder what secrets I'm supposed to be keeping.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

View Postealdwita, on 30 January 2013 - 04:20 PM, said:

http://www.corsinet....ivia/scary.html

That should keep you busy for a couple of hours, Kasey!

I was hoping for more than just a link. :P

'A phantom,' said my Uncle Mycroft, who had just materialised, 'is essentially a heteromorphic wave pattern that gains solidity when the apparition converts thermal energy from the surroundings to visible light. It's a fascinating process and I'm amazed no one has thought of harnessing it - a holographic TV that could operate from the heat given off by an average-size guinea pig.' ~ First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

I know of several people that have lucky pieces they carry around. Or have lucky clothes they wear, like a particular tie for business, or skirt for dates, that sort of thing. A lot of people seem to have things dangling from the rear view mirrors for luck, to avoid accidents, to feel like someone is watching over them in their travels...
I have a Cloisonne bee and a ceramic peapod with two happy peas and a nyan nyanko charm that watches over my car :)


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

I'm in the UK.

Keep a sprig of holly from one Christmas to the next to gain good luck.

If you put an item of clothing on inside-out by mistake, don't change it because that would bring bad luck.

Always tip your hat to a magpie, for good luck.

Rashore's rhyme for crows is the same as ours for magpies.

A black cat crossing your path is good luck.

If an owl lands on your roof there's going to be a death in the family very soon.

If you stand on an insect you'll make the rain start.

Nail a horseshoe to your front door to bring good luck to the household.

Never sit thirteen at a table ...... v.bad luck.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

You live is the city with the most superstitions in the world.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

My uncles used to hunt rabbits for dinner, when it was time for the dreaded cutting the rabbit up, my gran would turn the bread unside down and close all the windows. She was very superstitious.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

View Postwolfknight, on 30 January 2013 - 07:48 PM, said:

You live is the city with the most superstitions in the world.

Me?

View Postfreetoroam, on 30 January 2013 - 07:50 PM, said:

My uncles used to hunt rabbits for dinner, when it was time for the dreaded cutting the rabbit up, my gran would turn the bread unside down and close all the windows. She was very superstitious.

What did she say or feel would happen if she didn't turn over the bread or close the windows?

'A phantom,' said my Uncle Mycroft, who had just materialised, 'is essentially a heteromorphic wave pattern that gains solidity when the apparition converts thermal energy from the surroundings to visible light. It's a fascinating process and I'm amazed no one has thought of harnessing it - a holographic TV that could operate from the heat given off by an average-size guinea pig.' ~ First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 30 January 2013 - 07:46 PM, said:



If you put an item of clothing on inside-out by mistake, don't change it because that would bring bad luck.

Haha, not sure about doing this one, but maybe this explains why some people do. I always thought they did not realise.
So next time I do it and spend the first hour walking about  like a p ** t, I can tell people its because I am superstitious. :tu:

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

View PostLady Kasey, on 30 January 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:


What did she say or feel would happen if she didn't turn over the bread or close the windows?

She just said it would bring her bad luck.
There are still stories about the witches covens in the woods around the area.
I once went to one place which was supposed to be a coven years ago, I can tell you now, it was very spooky, the stone altars are still there.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 30 January 2013 - 07:59 PM, said:

Haha, not sure about doing this one, but maybe this explains why some people do. I always thought they did not realise.
So next time I do it and spend the first hour walking about  like a p ** t, I can tell people its because I am superstitious. :tu:

When I was typing that, it crossed my mind that it was a superstition made up to make people look foolish! I've since remembered that it was only bad luck for 'the rest of that day'.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

Don't cross knives at the dinner table... It could bring a clash or fight in the home
Tripping up the stairs means someone in the household is going to get married soon
Opals are bad luck for those not born in October
An itching nose means you will soon kiss a fool
A itchy palm means you will soon gain or lose money
Ringing ears means someones speaking of you

When walking with a loved one, if you are separated by an object or person and forced to walk apart, you are supposed to say a mated pair of foods, like salt and pepper or bread and butter... If you don't say it, you could be facing a more permanent separation from that loved one.

Edited by rashore, 30 January 2013 - 08:15 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

Never walk past another(coming in the opposite direction), on a staircase ....... bad luck for both of you.

Life is all too much ............................................. and not enough.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 30 January 2013 - 08:05 PM, said:

I once went to one place which was supposed to be a coven years ago, I can tell you now, it was very spooky, the stone altars are still there.

Where?

'A phantom,' said my Uncle Mycroft, who had just materialised, 'is essentially a heteromorphic wave pattern that gains solidity when the apparition converts thermal energy from the surroundings to visible light. It's a fascinating process and I'm amazed no one has thought of harnessing it - a holographic TV that could operate from the heat given off by an average-size guinea pig.' ~ First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde




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