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Superstition!
30 May 2014
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No, not a thread about the Stevie Wonder song, although it is great!

So I'll start off with a little anecdote: I was sitting outside today when I felt wind/something fall next to my head and heard a splat on my shoulder. I stopped for a moment and looked over to see what I expected. a-hard-days-night-paul-3 A lovely little bird had relieved itself on me. Being the kind of person I am, I just laughed it off with friends and found the nearest bathroom to clean it off. I'm lucky it wasn't a big, generic, white bird poop an that it missed my head as either of those would've made it much harder to clean off. I was joking that it was good luck, due to that superstition (if that's the right word, although it is luck coming from a random event so that's what I'll call it,) and sure enough I had an AMAZING day! Nothing bad (other than this post not saving correctly causing me to retype it all!) and lots of good happened!

So I was just wondering if any of you believe, or do anything superstitious, like pick up pennies for good luck, or avoid black cats.

I'm pretty sure superstition is the right word, but if not, someone please tell me what I mean! a-hard-days-night-george-9

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30 May 2014
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Mods this was meant to be in All Together Now, not the games, if you could move when you have time, thanks! apple01

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Note by Ahhh Girl 29 May 2014: move accomplished while waiting out a plane delay in Chicago. I just wanna go home.

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30 May 2014
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I be live in pennies being good luck and they be super lucky if they are from the same year as you. 

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30 May 2014
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I picked up a Euro penny in Venice. It isn't bringing me luck in getting out of Chicago. Guess I needed to have found a U.S. penny for that.

30 May 2014
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Ahhh Girl said

I picked up a Euro penny in Venice. It isn't bringing me luck in getting out of Chicago. Guess I needed to have found a U.S. penny for that.

Finding a US penny in Venice would be pretty lucky! And as long as you landed safely it gave you good luck.

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30 May 2014
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You're right, Kite. I need to keep it all in perspective.

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30 May 2014
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I want to see if any other country hold this superstition about magpies. If you see a magpie in Ireland you either:

Salute it

Wave

Say "Hello Mr. Magpie".

If you don't you'll get bad luck.

Also there is the whole One Magpie-Sorrow, Two Magpies-Joy, Three Magpies- Girl, Four Magpies-Boy but I think that's universal?

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30 May 2014
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ahdn_paul_06 I haven't heard of the magpie thing.

 

One of my neighbors have a black cat that I try to avoid its path

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30 May 2014
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If you see a black cat it's unlucky but if a black cat crosses in front of you, it's good luck*

*Not sure if this works regarding owning a black cat

 Some of our other superstitions that I've heard are:

 

If your ears are burning, someone is gossiping about you.

If your nose is itchy, you will have a fight with someone

If you spill salt, you must throw some over your left shoulder to stave off bad luck.

The seventh son of a seventh son has the power over all diseases and can cure them by laying hands.

You must never build a house on the site of a Fairy Fort for it will bring you eternal bad luck.

^That one is serious, my friends has a Fairy Fort in the field behind her house and the family will not tear it down even though it restricts them from getting things like satellite TV because it's massive. I also have heard loads of gruesome tales of people cutting down Fairy Forts.

It's very bad luck to place new shoes on a table or chair.

To make your skin beautiful, wash your face with May dew on May morning (May Day) at sunrise.

Lucky horse shoes are very common (I have one in my room) but you have to find it not buy it!

Fairies are dangerous buggers who if you leave a baby alone, the fairies will steal the baby and leave a naughty child (called a changeling)

If you are going to propose in a leap year, the woman has to propose on February 29th else the marriage will be unlucky.

A woman's scream (the banshee) signals the death of someone in the area.

When a fisherman catches the first salmon in the season he has to throw it back or else he'll have bad luck.

If a funeral passes by you and you don't bless yourself, you'll have very bad luck sometime during the year.

 

Yeah we're a superstitious folk 

 

Also don't call them fairies they don't like that :P Wee-folk or Síog (She-ohg)

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30 May 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said

If your ears are burning, someone is gossiping about you.

If you spill salt, you must throw some over your left shoulder to stave off bad luck.

Lucky horse shoes are very common (I have one in my room) but you have to find it not buy it!

Also don't call them fairies they don't like that :P Wee-folk or Síog (She-ohg)

Those are the ones I heard of

Also breaking a mirror is bad luck and

Walking under the ladder

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30 May 2014
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I think actually literally believing in them is pretty silly, but it can be kinda fun to pretend you believe, and carry out the appropriate rituals - as long as you don't become obsessed to the point where you're really inconveniencing yourself.

There are many superstitions associated with hockey, such as the cultivation of playoff beards. And in the NHL, the refusal of the conference-championship winning team to touch their trophy (as indeed the New York Rangers refused to do so last night), for fear of jinxing themselves against further winning the real prize (the Stanley Cup). As for me, when my Maple Leafs are playing and I'm watching at home, I'll usually put on my Leafs sweater to give them luck (if I think of it). Sometime around February, I developed the further ritual whereas if they get down a couple of goals, I'll reverse the sweater so the logo isn't facing the TV. If their luck doesn't change after that, I curse and take it off and fix myself another drink! :) (Hey, there was a period a couple of years ago where the Leafs always seemed to win when the sound guy in the arena played a Beatles track during a stoppage in play! I remember mentioning it several times in "Beatley Moments" or somewhere.)

One of my favourite old superstitions is "Never put a hat on a bed", because it's so wtf.

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30 May 2014
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When I was a kid, I avoided anything having to do with the number 13, but then I found by coincidence, that Friday the 13th is always a good day for me, so now I embrace it. And I used to make a wish when an eyelash fell, but those never came true, so I stopped.

I don't like going under ladders, but that's more because they never look stable to me than superstition (and I hate when I have to go up one when I'm photographing a wide set-up). I still do the salt over the shoulder thing, though.

I learned a new superstition a couple of weeks ago from a friend. As we were going through a yellow light, she kissed her finger then touched her visor for luck.

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30 May 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said
If you see a black cat it's unlucky but if a black cat crosses in front of you, it's good luck*

*Not sure if this works regarding owning a black cat

Surely you'll see the black cat when it crosses in front of you so is that good or bad luck or does it even it all out? You'll fall down the stairs but instead of breaking a leg you find £5.

Personally i find it all nonsense but each to their own.

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30 May 2014
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When your nose is itchy you'll have a fight? Never heard about that. Over here it's when your nose is itchy it means you'll receive unexpected news soon or something like that.

31 May 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said

If you see a black cat it's unlucky but if a black cat crosses in front of you, it's good luck*

*Not sure if this works regarding owning a black cat

 Some of our other superstitions that I've heard are:

 

If your ears are burning, someone is gossiping about you.

If your nose is itchy, you will have a fight with someone

If you spill salt, you must throw some over your left shoulder to stave off bad luck.

The seventh son of a seventh son has the power over all diseases and can cure them by laying hands.

You must never build a house on the site of a Fairy Fort for it will bring you eternal bad luck.

^That one is serious, my friends has a Fairy Fort in the field behind her house and the family will not tear it down even though it restricts them from getting things like satellite TV because it's massive. I also have heard loads of gruesome tales of people cutting down Fairy Forts.

It's very bad luck to place new shoes on a table or chair.

To make your skin beautiful, wash your face with May dew on May morning (May Day) at sunrise.

Lucky horse shoes are very common (I have one in my room) but you have to find it not buy it!

Fairies are dangerous buggers who if you leave a baby alone, the fairies will steal the baby and leave a naughty child (called a changeling)

If you are going to propose in a leap year, the woman has to propose on February 29th else the marriage will be unlucky.

A woman's scream (the banshee) signals the death of someone in the area.

When a fisherman catches the first salmon in the season he has to throw it back or else he'll have bad luck.

If a funeral passes by you and you don't bless yourself, you'll have very bad luck sometime during the year.

 

Yeah we're a superstitious folk 

 

Also don't call them fairies they don't like that :P Wee-folk or Síog (She-ohg)

Those are the ones I've heard of. And I thought it was different with the black cat. If they crossed your path you're unlucky, if you see them nothing good or bad. And if you own a black cat I don't think either applies.

I'm with parlance about the ladders, they just seem dangerous.

I agree with what VB said, I still do the little rituals, but don't really take them seriously. And I've never heard that hat one... Very strange! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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31 May 2014
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I think the general hubbub over everyone disagreeing about the black cat theory sums up the entire thread as a load of bollocks :)

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31 May 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said

If a funeral passes by you and you don't bless yourself, you'll have very bad luck sometime during the year.

So at some point during the year something very bad will happen to you if you dont? Flippin' hell. And folk believe such nonsense.

Thats like all that crap in the horoscopes about meeting a man with black hair will lead to a change in your life and that the colour blue will be lucky this week. How folk can swallow all this garbage and let it affect their lives baffles me.

Tea leafs can predict your future. Only in that if someone says that me i'm walking off in the other direction very quickly.

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31 May 2014
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^ Yeah the power of the dead...ooooooooooohhhhhhhh

Which raises a question: What if you're not Christian and you don't bless yourself?

 

These kind of questions keep me up at night :/

I was going for a scooter (I have no idea what the verb "to scooter" is) down along the beach and I saw a "fortune teller's" caravan with the most interesting advertising of the "Seventh daughter of a seventh daughter", I'd get her to name all of her mother's six siblings and her six siblings very quickly before I gave her a penny. 

My friend's mam (a married lady) went to a fortune teller for a joke before, she took off her wedding ring before she went in and the fortune teller told her "you will meet a man soon who will be your husband and you will have your first child with him". When actually she was married with 2 children already, seems legit! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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31 May 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said
^ Yeah the power of the dead...ooooooooooohhhhhhhh

Which raises a question: What if you're not Christian and you don't bless yourself?

 

These kind of questions keep me up at night :/

I was going for a scooter (I have no idea what the verb "to scooter" is) down along the beach and I saw a "fortune teller's" caravan with the most interesting advertising of the "Seventh daughter of a seventh daughter", I'd get her to name all of her mother's six siblings and her six siblings very quickly before I gave her a penny. 

My friend's mam (a married lady) went to a fortune teller for a joke before, she took off her wedding ring before she went in and the fortune teller told her "you will meet a man soon who will be your husband and you will have your first child with him". When actually she was married with 2 children already, seems legit! a-hard-days-night-paul-11

If you're not Christian and you don't bless yourself you are struck by lightening there and then. Heathens dont go unpunished.

Well your mums friend did soon meet the man who will be your husband (ie later that night when she went home) and i presume did have her first child with him. Ok, the fortune teller was a damn good few years late but change the English about a bit and she was right.a-hard-days-night-paul-5 Spooky!!a-hard-days-night-paul-7

 

All this reminds me of is the Life Of Brian

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