My Thirteen Worst Superstitions of all time! Are you superstitious?
1. Breaking mirrors: 7 years bad luck if you do. No thanks!
2. Walking under ladders: A can of paint of the head or something much, much worse? I’d rather not take the risk!
3. The number of the beast: 666 I can’t help it but it just makes me uneasy! Weird, I know. Maybe it’s the devil in me…
4. Break a leg: This well known idiom in theatre means good luck, but it’s bad luck to say good luck with these chaps. So I don’t! Why break a leg makes them sigh with relief, I shall never know.
5. The saying that accidents and bad luck always come in threes: I think comes from the ‘Three on a Match‘ superstition, which dates back to the soldiers of the Crimean War. Wherever it comes from, I still think it. After two mishaps – I’m automatically wondering when the next mishap is going to happen!
6. Wearing green at weddings: Don’t know why, but I was once told it’s unlucky to wear green at anybody’s wedding. For them or me?
7. Black Cats: I’m prone to black cats walking across my path. I owned one a while back and had no chance! I lived to tell the ‘tail’.
8. The Ravens at the Tower of London: Legend dictates that, if the ravens ever leave, the Tower will fall and the Kingdom will fall. Wouldn’t want to be around if that happened!
9. To knock on wood: I always do this to avoid tempting fate after saying stuff like ‘thankfully I’ve not had a cold all year,’ does it work? Who knows? LOL The expression is usually used in the hope that a good thing will continue to occur after it has been acknowledged and to prevent it from going completely tits up. Don’t believe me? *Knock Knock*
10. The OSCAR Love Curse: Thankfully I am never going to win an Oscar Award for Best Actress, but plenty of ladies have and look what happened to them…
11. Spilling salt: There’s always a devil on our left shoulder to throw it back at, apparently!
12. Friday 13th: Great Film, though. According to Wiki the asteroid 99942 Apophis will make a close encounter with Earth, closer than the orbits of communication satellites, on Friday, April 13, 2029 — Best wear your hard hats everyone. *Gulp*
13. The number thirteen: Unlucky for some is having Triskaidekaphobia – a fear of this number! Thankfully I’ve personally always loved this number and found it lucky for me. 😀
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Very amusing, Angelika. Some of these superstitions defy logic and I’m sure many of us find ourselves adopting strange customs at times.
I think I still throw salt out of habit but I’ve never paid enough attention to be sure. One I do still have from being tiny is when I’m walking with someone closely I don’t like to split apart to go around an object. I’d prefer to cross on the same side. It’s my mom’s fault, something about splitting your luck. *headshake* Ah the things we inherit *grin*
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I once tried to turn around the superstition about saying good luck before a performance, but the person I said it to broke his leg.
I do remember the salt over the shoulder one, but had forgotten all about it until I read it just now 🙂
The black cat crossing your path? I usually find it creates good fortune for me.
Things coming in threes. I’m just NOT going there. I even have three sets of three in nine months! None of them good.
666 the devil’s number, I’d never heard of until a couple of months ago 🙂 So obviously if anything changes now, I’ll put it down to the power of the subconscious.
If there’s no one around, I’ll walk under ladders, but them I’m bloody-minded like that!!
Alice,- wow, I bet you weren’t popular for a while!
Who knew that there was a legitimate word for ‘fear of the number 13’?
Luv the post
i sure am not the slightest bit superstitious 😀
but this was a fun read
Sorry I’m late to this, Angelika. LOVE this post, very timely and thought provoking. Most of the superstitions I have heard of but some were new to me like the Academy Award Actresses curse. On the last Friday the 13th back in August I did a hopefully amusing piece on triskaidekaphobia.
Very amusing, Angelika. Some of these superstitions defy logic … And extension will be?