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



In medieval Britain, parents sometimes believed that their child had been taken away by the fairy people and substituted with a changeling. There were a number of tests to find out. One was to...



If your ear is burning (or tingling), then someone is talking about you. To determine whether what they are saying is good or bad, remember this rhyme, – Left for love, Right for spite!...



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...


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....

Italian superstitions 0

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...



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