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

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Saying God Bless You When Somebody Sneezes: When the great plague swept Europe., sufferers began sneezing violently which was a sign of death. The Pope therefore passed a law requiring people to bless the...

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Sewing and Knitting

See also: Dresses and Dress Making If you drop a knitting-needle, you won’t be married during the present year. If you break many needles in a garment, it will be worn at a wedding....

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The Evil Eye – Malocchio

If we sneezed during a conversation about sickness or death, we were supposed to pull on our left ear to ward off the evil eye. If we knocked over the salt, we had to...

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Pregnancy & Predicting the Sex of the Baby

See also: Babies and Birth Superstitions Malaysia: When in labor, neither mother or father should sit at the top of the stairs, as blocking any passage prolongs delivery. If you are pregnant, wear perfume...

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Fish and Fishing

Good luck omens: Putting a coin on a float. Throw back the first fish you catch then you’ll be lucky the whole day fishing. A fish should always be eaten from the head toward...

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Actors: general good and bad luck omens

It is good luck to: Wear a wig. Find a piece of cotton on another actor and wind it around your finger Perform Cinderella. Have a hunchback in the company. Have visitors enter dressing...

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Actors: luck in the dressing room

It is good luck to: Have telegrams on the dressing room walls. Have dolls and other mascots in the dressing room. Dance on accidentally dropped powder. Accidentally smear lipstick on your teeth when putting...

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Hang a plastic bag filled with water at each door and window to keep flies from coming into the house.

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See a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck. See a penny let it lie, all day long you’ll have to cry. You’ll have good luck if you pick up...

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Sports: Baseball

Spitting into your hand before picking up the bat is said to bring good luck. A wad of gum stuck on a player’s hat brings good luck. It is bad luck if a dog...