All the bits of strange your grandparents lived by & warned you about.

Crabs 0


Placing crab eyes on the back of your neck relieves swollen eyes.

Candle 0


If a candle lighted as part of a ceremony blows out, it is a sign that evil spirits are nearby. Also, see birthday cake.

bridge 0


If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again. You must hold the top of your head while crossing a bridge to keep the bridge from...

Birthday Cake 0

Birthday Cake

If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.

robin_flying 0


If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.

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The sound of bells drives away demons because they’re afraid of the loud noise. When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings. A bell ringing for no reason is an ill...

Bed and Sleeping 0

Bed and Sleeping

Turning a feather bed on a Sunday gives the people who use it bad dreams for a week. Feather beds make it difficult for a dying person to die. Marriage If you make a...

Cattle, Cows and Oxen 0

Cattle, Cows and Oxen

Scattering primroses on the ground and hanging a piece of mountain ash or rowan to the door protects cattle from witches. Tarring cows behind the ears and at the root of the tail prevents...

bulls 0


Bulls are immune from being struck by lightning. Keeping a bull’s heart stuck with pins in the chimney will keep witches away. Bull’s testes were once thought to be aphrodisiacs.

Boars 0


The devil may take the form of a boar during the meetings of covens.