Stirring anything with a knife brings bad luck… If you put a piece of clothing on backwards (or inside out) – leave it that way – do not change it. And of course no spilt salt and no open umbrellas inside.
..Throw trimmings of your hair outside, birds will get it, and you will suffer headaches….superstitions, old wives tales, and the dead trying to speak to you thru dreams of clouds, and coming out of closets, to the foot of your bed…My mom and grandmom often scared me, just overhearing their conversations; both believed they were gifted.
There are tons more in the comments, including a bunch I’ve never heard of. – so check them all out, and if any of yours are missing…add them! If you are late to this post, the original column is below – read and contribute!
Original Column: Very Superstitious!
When I have a nightmare, I’ll keep it to myself because if I tell anyone, it will come true….doubly so if I dream about teeth, because my mom told me that means someone is going to die.
Naturally, because of my Sicilian heritage, many superstitions involve food. Spilling olive oil was bad luck. Even numbers are unlucky (that’s why the anisette always had three coffee beans floating on top). And of course, we hung a horseshoe or ram’s horns over the door to repel the malocchio, the evil eye.
But that’s me. Are you superstitious? What superstitions did you grow up with…and maybe still believe? Let us know in the comments!!
Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send Open Thread suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.