There are so many superstitions out there that I’m sure that one book is not sufficient to hold them all (see “sources” below.) In any case, here are thirteen superstitions along with my witty commentary. Do you have any interesting ones to add to the list?
13 Superstitions:1. Chain letters – It is supposedly unlucky to break a chain letter chain. (For the record? This is one of my pet peeves.)
2. Opals – These stones are believed to be unlucky to wear, unless your birthday is in October. (…My birthday is in October.)
3. It is considered unlucky to sleep with your feet facing a door, as only the dead lie in this fashion. (Hmm…I wonder if this has anything to do with the saying “feet first.”)
4. It is also considered unlucky to give a pair of Bellows as a wedding present. (Though for the giver or receiver I don’t know.)
5. “The Scottish Play” – It is unlucky to say “MacBeth” in a theater building. Say instead “The Scottish Play.” (Or Maccers, as one of my friends does.)
6. Apparently, it’s lucky to help a blind man. (What about blind women?)
7. It’s good luck for the bride to feed the cat before going to get married. (Definately good luck for the cat, one would think.)
8. It is unlucky to whistle in a theater. (Apparently, theater technicians used to whistle cues, so if you whistled it would screw things up.)
9. Black cats are reportedly lucky to possess *and* lucky to touch. (I think that this would amuse my black cat, Pippin.)
10. Seeing a Dalmation in the street is also considered lucky. You are supposed to make a wish when you see one. (I wonder if it is even luckier to be licked by one.)
11. “Break a Leg” – It is believed to be unlucky to wish someone good luck before they go on stage. (My friends say “bust a spleen.”)
12. They say that it is unlucky for two people to to drink from the same cup unless they are married. (I suppose that they would already have the same cooties.)
13. It is unlucky to walk under a ladder for various reasons, but my favorite is that you’ll end up with a tin of paint on your head.
A Dictionary of Superstitions edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem.