The old wives tale says a rabbit’s foot will bring luck and protect the owner from evil spirits if carried in the pocket. When you think about it, the thought of carrying your keys around on a chain adorned with a body part of an animal is rather disturbing. But for people who are superstitious I guess they over looked this issue. In honor of Friday the 13th I’m sharing thirteen of the more bizarre superstitions I’ve heard throughout the years.
- Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.
- Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.
- It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.
- It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday.
- A mirror should be covered during a thunderstorm because it attracts lightning.
- Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil.
- If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.
- If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.
- If a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day, it means she will marry a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.
- If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.
- A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.
- It’s bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
- You should never start a trip on Friday or you will meet misfortune.
Here’s a note to all those old wives who had fears of the #13: Just because the #13 isn’t assigned to a floor in a building or an aisle on a plane, doesn’t stop the fact that there is a 13th floor or aisle. It’s just called #14.