Superstitions

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  1. snailtrailer

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    When I was little, if you saw an ambulance you had to hold your collar until you saw a four-legged animal - and if you trod on a crack you got a big smack.....
    Can you remember any others that you followed faithfully ...... and perhaps still do?:Eek!:
     
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    Find a penny, pick it up and......... :Smile:

    Still broke... :Sad:
     
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    Isn't that "see a pin and pick it up, all that day you'll have good luck"

    I do a lot of sewing and a lot of pin dropping........I have lots of luck, so that one works!:thumb:
     
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    You pick up "Pins" and I`ll pick up "Penny`s"... or pound coins...

    I`m not proud.. :Wink:
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    As the old saying goes.See a penny.Pick it up? And all day long! You will have GOODLUCK?
     
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    If you drop a glove, it's bad luck to pick it up yourself!! Someone else must pick it up!! Nuts I know but I still do it! Especially when riding motor and mountain bikes!!!
     
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    I say good morning to the magpies and ask after their families. :Blush:
     
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    If you put your knickers on inside out, that's the way they have to stay.

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    If you give a knife to someone as a gift they should give you a silver coin to pay for it, else it was an omen of a cut friendship

    Salt over the shoulder

    Bang one elbow, gotta bang the other

    No under ladder walking ( a pain for me as I am superstitious and put up aerials for 9 years ! )

    No crossing on the stairs

    Pick a daisy and you will wet the bed ( !!! :Eeek: [​IMG] )
     
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    I had a customer the other day who said If you break a mirror, bury it and you won't get 7 years bad luck.



    Well I'm believing it:Rofl1:
     
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    Being a Yorkshireman, it's extremely bad luck to get to the bar first :Wink:
     
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    I was brought up in a very religious family. What amuses me most in hindsight is my mum was very anti superstition. She would walk under ladders etc.

    She was once berated by a woman for walking under a ladder with her three young kids. Mum told her it was safer than walking into the road with her kids. Guess What? The woman was almost immediately almost knocked over as she went back onto the road to go back to what she was doing.:Rofl1:

    My friend a joiner still insists I touch some wood if I say something relating to Luck. I begrudgingly humour him on this one.

    Me? I haven't got a superstitious bone in my body. I believe life and luck works on a bell curve end of story.
     
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    I've never been affected by luck and superstition, touch wood :Smile:
     
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    some of the old "omens" were based on the tradition of dueling.... so no longer relevant today

    drop a glove and dont pick it up was due to throwing down the gauntlet as a challenge to a duel. if you bent to retrieve it yourself you could be stabbed or shot plus lose face, accepting you were at fault

    hand a blade to somebody handle first.... you are not threatening them

    exchange a silver coin for a blade... and you wont be killed by your own blade

    take off glove and shake hands to end an argument... shows you are not armed and are not a threat

    never give a purse as a gift without a coin.... its not an empty gift

    things like walking under ladders and treading on cracks are based on safety and common sense

    its a very interesting way to waste time finding the origins of superstitions as they are often the only link we have left with some old traditions
     
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    My mother was very superstitious but I am not, I believe it's only unlucky if you are superstitious.

    I don't believe in Horoscopes, total disbeliever, but then us Pisceans are like that !!!
     
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    Was with you until these two.

    I think step on the crack is a lot safer than trying to miss it then tripping on the damn thing.

    As for going under ladders. I think this is a perceived safety issue that has no basis in fact.

    Say that for every 1,000 people walking under a ladder one person gets hit by a falling item. That 1 incident will be remembered whilst the other 999 will not even be noted. Over time an embedded memory or meme will be created about it not being safe to walk under ladders.

    I am sure there are instances of people walking round ladders and still getting hit by items falling and bouncing down the ladders. Or people walking round the ladder only to be hit as the base of the ladder slides out. Or getting hit by a car as they step in the road to go round a ladder. These are not noted in any special way because they are not perceived in common culture as being unlucky.

    The same goes for full moon and crime for instance.
    for the rest of the month crime happens and it is a daily occurance for police officers. However when they see a full moon and notice it any crime that occurs on that night will stick in the memory because of the full moon being memorable. These will be reinforced with each occurrence to the point where that police officer would tell his friends who would then notice a full moon and remember the crimes on that night. It is a cumulative and infectious effect. This has been proven in a study by statisticians and psychologists. I can't recall the correct term off the top of my head.
     
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    Pick a DANDELION you'll pee the bed:Blush:

    step on a paving crack you'll have a baby :Eeek: well not us blokes:Rofl1:

    grandmother would not have the flowers off a hawthorn tree in the house ... still not sure why.



    cant be ar&&d now:Laughing:
     
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    See a pin and pick it up

    And all day long you'll have a pin.
     
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    Strangely enough the chimney sweep has just left. He inadvertently walked under a ladder that the daft roofers was using. Now, before he could move he shouted me over to shake my hand to stave off any bad luck. I've googled this and can't find anything about it.

    When it came time to leave he carried his brushes, vacuum cleaner and soot bag to the bottom of the garden and climbed over a fence rather than go under the ladder again.

    Daft bugger :Rofl1:
     
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    Corrected
     
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    Yes so do I.
    Fortunately we don't have many magpies in our garden,:thumb:
     

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