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Friday the 13th Superstitions

The idea that Friday the 13th brings bad luck has its roots in both Norse and Christian beliefs. The Scandinavian’s believed that the number 13 was unlucky due to the mythological 12 demigods being...

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Colcannon Irish Potato Dish

Colcannon is an Irish potato dish that has become popular around the world. It normally includes chopped kale or green cabbage mixed with hot, floury mashed potatoes. The word colcannon is from the Gaelic...

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New Year’s Superstitions

What you do the first hour of the New Year will be what you do most of the year. If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good...

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Shadow Superstitions

If you sit with your shadow thrown on the water, you will not catch fish. If someone broke something onto which the shadow or reflection appeared, people believed that their soul was harmed.  Shadows are...

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Rocking an Empty Rocking Chair

It’s bad luck to rock an empty rocking chair. To do so will bring death to your family. The Irish have always believed that rocking an empty rocking chair welcomes evil spirits into the...

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Horseshoe Superstitions, Good Luck Up and Down

It is believed that the good luck powers of the horseshoe originate with the story of a blacksmith named Dunstan. The Devil came to Dunstan and requested that he fit him with new horseshoes....

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Lucky to Step in Animal Poop!

Years ago, when people used to travel on animals, the roads were full of manure. Though they would try to avoid it, stepping in animal manure is believed to bring good fortune. Also, if...

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Never Put Your Purse on the Floor.

You should always protect the place where you save your money. Leaving a purse unattended on the floor is akin to letting prosperity get away from you.