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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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Ladybug or Ladybird

Never kill a ladybug because doing so will bring bad luck. If a lady bug lands on you it is good luck. Count the spots. The number of spots is the number of months...

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Wishbone

To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish (don’t tell or it won’t come true), then one person takes hold of each end of the bone and on...

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Gambling Good Luck and Bad Luck

Lucky things • The famous four-leaved clover • Carrying a horseshoe with you • Dressing up to the nines • Carrying with you a rabbit foot • Wearing a certain piece of clothing that...

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Beginner’s luck

Beginner’s luck refers to the initial good fortune or success commonly supposed to come to a person who has recently taken up a new pursuit. The supposed phenomenon of novices experiencing disproportionate frequency of...

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Halloween Superstitions and Origins

Halloween derives its name from the fact that in the Christian calendar it occurs the day before ‘All Saints’ or All Hallows’ Day. It was the last night of the old year according to...

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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...