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Hare-lip or Cleft Palate

If a pregnant woman meets a hare, the baby will have a hare-lip or cleft palate. The fear inspired by such an encounter was heightened by the idea that the hare might not be...

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Eclipse

Medieval folk believed that sex during an eclipse would result in ugly demon-filled children. Europeans in the Middle Ages thought that you should never get it on during a lunar eclipse, because any “moon...

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Birthmarks

A birthmark is any mark present on the skin at birth, or that develops soon afterwards. Birthmarks may be red, blue, brown, white or skin coloured, depending on the cells involved. Different birthmarks include...

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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....