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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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"Sanpaku-gan" (三白眼) or "three whites eyes"

Original Post here:  http://kotaku.com/5935597/can-this-eye-superstition-determine-your-fate-probably-not Literally, "sanpaku-gan" (三白眼) translates to "three whites eyes". It refers to how the human eye can be divided up. Sanpaku is when you can see three whites: on the left...

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Snakes

In Japan, if you put a piece of snake skin into your wallet, you are going to become rich or find money. Snakes are a symbol of money and wealth in Japan. Some people...

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Sneezing

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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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...

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Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th. It is an Irish Holiday, and is widely celebrated in America, regardless of one’s ancestry. To the Irish, it is a day to commemorate the Patron Saint of...

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Strawberries

If you break a double strawberry in half and share it with someone, you will fall in love with each other. The Swedish have used this idea for centuries: rub a cut strawberry on...

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Split a Pole

If, while you are walking with someone, you are forced to separate and each of you walk around either side of a pole, you have to say “Bread and Butter” three times or else...