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Acorns: If you carry an acorn, you will have continued good luck and a long life.
Bell: It’s been said that the bells provide protection from demons as they are scared of the loud noise.
Calves: If the first baby calf born in the winter is white, it’s a sign that the winter will be very harsh.
Door: It’s believed that leaving a house through any door other than the one that is used to enter the house is bad luck.
Ears: If your right ear itches, someone is saying something nice about you. If it’s the left, someone’s saying something bad about you.
Fingernails: Cutting your nails on Friday or Sunday is bad luck. Fingernail clippings should be saved, burned, or buried to prevent bad luck.
Good Friday: The Friday before Easter is Good Friday. If someone dies on Good Friday, they will go directly to Heaven.
Horseshoes: Hanging a horseshoe above the door to any home will bring good luck to all who live there.
Itchy Nose: It’s still said that if your nose itches, a fool is about to kiss you.
Jogging: You shouldn’t jog. It jumbles up your insides.
Knitting: Placing the needles in the balls of yarn will bring bad luck to anyone who used the item that yarn is used to make.
Leaves: If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of fall, you will not get sick that whole winter.
Milk: When boiling milk, it’s bad luck to let it run over the side of the pot.
Nose: If your nose itches, you will soon get a visitor. Right nostril indicates a female visitor, left nostril indicates male visitor.
Onions: If you make a wish over burning onions, it will come true.
Pencil: Use the same pencil for taking a test as was used for studying for the same test. The pencil will remember the answers.
Robin: Make a wish on the first robin you see in spring and it will come true – if you can finish making the wish before the robin flies away.
Scissors: Dropping a pair of scissors means that your lover is seeing someone behind your back.
Thirteen: Thirteen is just an unlucky number in general.
Umbrella: If an umbrella is dropped on the floor of a house, someone in that house is going to die shortly.
Veil: Bride’s wear veils due to the ancient belief that this will protect them from jealous evil spirits.
Wood: If speaking of good luck, knock on wood three times so evil spirits won’t take it away.
X: The lines on the palm of your right hand that show an “X” represent the number of children you will have.
Yawn: Covering your mouth when you yawn will prevent your soul from leaving your body when you yawn.
Zzzzz: Sorry, we fell asleep.
There has long been an old wives tale that says if a black cat walks toward you that it brings good luck. Yet, the old wives tale continues to say that if it walks away it takes all good luck and fortune with it. This is another classic old wives tale that is told many different ways, but the message is usually the same. Most children and even adults are wary when they cross the path of a black cat, yet this is an old wives tale that holds very little weight for most people.
The black cat old wives tales are likely rooted in early Christianity when those who usually had cats, black or not, were those closely associated with witchcraft. Now, most of us know that cats come in all colors, and are owned not just by those who are involved in witchcraft, but also those that simply love cats in a variety of colors! So, choose to come into contact with a black cat, or not, you’ll likely be safe either way!
We’ve all heard the old wives tale that ways if you break a mirror you’ll have seven years of bad luck. Luckily, those of us who have broken a mirror know that you typically aren’t tainted as a result. The old wives tale goes on though to say that if you bury the broken mirror in the moonlight your luck will be restored instantly. The origination of this old wives tale is unknown and has not proven to be true for anyone. If one does experience bad luck after a breaking mirror, it’s safe to say it is coincidence.
A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.
If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken.
Friday the thirteenth has long been a day that many people think is one for bad luck and misfortune, although there isn’t much to suggest this is more than an old wives tale or superstition. The Friday the thirteenth superstition was started by the Scandinavian who thought that the number thirteen was unlucky because the mythological twelve demigods were once joined by a thirteenth, who was evil and brought pain, and misfortune to humans.
There are also Christian related roots to the Friday the thirteenth old wives tale as Jesus was crucified on a Friday and the number of people at the Last Supper was thirteen! And of course, the thirteenth guest was Judas, who was nothing more than a traitor.
While there are a few small links to Friday the thirteenth, most people go on to live through this famous date again and again will no ill will befalling them or the people that they love. But, because there are two major incidents regarding Friday the thirteenth, it’s an old wives tale that will probably continue to be handed down generation after generation.
UC is making OSU look really bad.
Originally posted by OldThinker
reply to post by Ahabstar
I would say the Bengals made Cleveland look good, but Cincinnati has been pretty lucky so far this year. Next weeks showing at the Ravens should bring out the Bungles of old
You a Browns fan?
Couldn't hurt, unless he spends a lot of time on the free throw line
Think Shac will help the King?
Back on topic....could you elaborate friend?
Originally posted by sphinx551
I still keep hearing people talking about not opening umbrellas in a house.
Looks like some people still affected by these superstitions and wive tales.
Red Sky At Night
Red sky in the morning sheperds warning
Never trust or believe the words of a new friend or lover on the night of a full moon if commitment/future is spoken to you whilst the moon has been (or just later you) see it in the mirror
Be carefull (really truly) what you wish for
Originally posted by silent thunder
There is an old Japanese saying that in a long marriage, whichever parter truly "holds the power" at the beginning of the relationship, the other one will at the end.
Not always true, but eerily enough, seems to be the case often.
Many of the best old wives tales are centered around the holidays, or holiday meals. One of the oldest and most fun is the wishbone. After the Thanksgiving turkey has been cooked and served, many families dry the breastbone for a couple days. Then, when the bone becomes dry enough to break, two people will pull on either half until it breaks. The person with the longer half is said to have his or her wish come true.
This is an old wives tale that has been around for a long time, and while there is no explanation as to why a wish would come true, many families still observe this practice year after year. Do the wishes come true because of the wishbone? Probably not, but it’s a fun tradition to observe and one that children typically look forward to year after year!
Of course this old wives tale isn’t just observed after the Thanksgiving turkey, but any time that a turkey is eaten!