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Touch Wood

Touch Wood

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

"Touch wood" or "knock on wood" is a popular saying to reverse any bad luck that might come your way, due to a recent action...

Rabbit’s Foot

Rabbit’s Foot

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated with spring and the return of flowers and other...

Actors and Actresses

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

The superstitions surrounding actors and actresses were more prevalent in the Middle Ages, when performances would...

Common Superstitions

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Short list of common superstitions

Cracks

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Ill-fortune is said to be the result from stepping on a crack in the pavement. Present day society usually associates...

Definitions of Superstition

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Superstitions are beliefs in ideas or practices based on the supernatural as opposed to laws of science. People look for...

Hats

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many superstitions are associated with hats, several now being modified into rules for manners and etiquette.

Lucky Charms

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

A charm can be almost any object, as shown by the countless examples of charms or amulets that have been said to ward off...

Sailors

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Sailors have attributed superstitions to almost all aspects of their work and life on the sea. One of the common traits of...

Spiders

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Apparently the superstition surrounding spiders dates back to Egyptian times when spiders were associated with riches.

Spilt Milk

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many food and beverages that were valued had superstitions associated with them to deter the waste of such commodities.

Spilt Salt

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Salt was once considered a very precious commodity; as important as money has grown to be. Because it was so valued...

Umbrellas

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

An umbrella, according to popular superstition, should never be open indoors or you will bring bad luck on all the people...

Wishbones

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Wishbones have become a common tradition at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. The general rule is that the wishbone...

Horseshoes

Horseshoes

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family...

Pennies

Pennies

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them.

Four-Leaf Clovers

Four-Leaf Clovers

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

The superstition of the four-leaf clover is thought to originate with the Druids. Apparently they believed the shamrock...

Mirrors

Mirrors

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Breaking a mirror can even make a skeptic shudder for a brief moment!

Black Cats

Black Cats

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

There are many superstitions associated with cats, partly because the cat has lived alongside humans for many millennia.

Walking Under Ladders

Walking Under Ladders

by csicop.org
Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

People will go to great lengths to avoid walking under ladders. Many origins for the superstition have been surfaced...