Do you throw salt over your shoulder for good luck?

@maddysmommy (16243)
United States
March 1, 2008 12:40pm CST
I watched a glimpse of Racheal Ray's cooking show yesterday and noticed she threw salt over her shoulder twice when adding salt to a few of her dishes, and said "for good luck"!! Do you do that? do you believe you will have good luck if you threw salt over your shoulder? Is this an old wives tale?
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@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
2 Mar 08
If I believed that were true, I would throw the whole container over my shoulder. But I do not believe in luck at all. Either you are blessed and highly favored or you're not.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
2 Mar 08
hahahaha
@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
2 Mar 08
What time is it over there? It is 12:28a.m. over here and I can not sleep.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
2 Mar 08
It was around 3am when I finally logged off LOL
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
28 Mar 08
No, but I've thrown salt in doorways though for good luck (which stems from an ancient ritual of purification in another culture).
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Really, that does sound interesting. Which culture does this?
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Japan does this, and it mostly stems from Shintoism.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Mar 08
Really? I should ask my mother in law whether she knows anything about this. She is Japanese American.
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
3 Mar 08
LOl its superstition and i dont believe in that its only fairy tales if such actions bring good luck then who will be having ill luck lol
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Yup I figured it was and had to ask. I was surprise I saw it being done on TV.
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
4 Mar 08
hmmmmmm differnt faiths are in world so who believe in them may get results take care
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@youless (65858)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Mar 08
That's very interesting to hear that. We don't have such kind of custom here. I don't do anything for a good luck. In the past when I had important exams. I would tell my mom to remember me all the time and believed that her daughter would pass it well
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Mar 08
I had not heard anything like that before youless until I saw this celebrity do it on her cooking show on tv. I don't do anything for good luck either except probably pray :)
@manya_pearl (1871)
• Singapore
22 Mar 08
No, i'm not believe in superstition like that. I believe only superstition like magic or ghost etc. I heard also accessories made by gemstones have a healing power or any other spiritual power. I dont know if its true.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Really? gemstones have healing powers? interesting, I had not heard that before!
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
12 Mar 08
nope, I do not see how having to sweep up salt grains off the floor is conducive to good luck, personally. I do however hear that if you throw salt on a spill in the oven (over flow from your pie type of thing) that the salt will absorb the spill and make clean up a breeze. This sounds more like a good *luck* practice.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I had never heard it either Modestah and was surprised to see it on tv. As for a throwing salt on a spill in the oven, I'll have to try that next time and see whether it works :) thanks!
@charms88 (7547)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
Weird, I never heard of any such thing. I've been known to accidentally spilled salt on my kitchen table for countless of times, but here I am, still going, still moving.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Me too. I had not heard of it until I saw it on TV. There are some people that do believe it in though :)
@mummymo (23710)
2 Mar 08
It is an old wives superstition that if you spill salt you should throw a little over your (left I think) shoulder for good luck. I am not superstitious though so I neve do it - knowing my luck it would blind someone who walked into the room behind me! xxx
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Yup its funny how a few people believe in it though :)
• Singapore
2 Mar 08
Nah... haven't tried that even once. If I throw salt over my shoulder, who's gonna clean away the salt? I would just dirty the place and I need to throw then immediately sweep away again. Sounds so duh.:P
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Well believe it or not some people are superstitious and do throw a pinch of salt over their shoulder if they spilt any beforehand so not so duh for some!!
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Hi maddymommy, this is so weird but I started a discussion about superstitions just a few minutes ago. I didn't see discussions my friends posted until after I posted my discussion. Yes, I throw salt over my shoulder and have a few other little quirks, LOL. I don't know if the luck thing is really true but that's why I do it, can't hurt anything, right.~D
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Thats ok dfinster :) your discussion is not only just on throwing salt but other superstitions too, so it's all good. Yeah it couldn't hurt - I might just remember that next time I spill salt :) who knows whether good luck will come my way, I kinda need some right about now LOL thanks for posting.
@luvstochat (6917)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I was always told that if you spilled the salt you were suppose to throw some over your shoulder to prevent bad luck. I have never heard of just doing it while you were cooking for good luck. I need all the good luck I can get so I will have to start doing that.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Oh so it's when you spill the salt and it's to prevent bad luck, ok that makes a little sense I think. I'm not sure if she spilt it or not - she may have you know! I only caught a glimpse of her throwing salt over her shoulder. I may have heard her wrong too.
@TerryZ (22148)
• United States
1 Mar 08
I know I watch her all the time. I love that show. I dont do it because I dont want to sweep it up.hahahahha I believe its an old wives tale.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
1 Mar 08
hahaha I figured it was an old wives tale. I wonder how many people actually do it?
@gandatwo (603)
• Australia
1 Mar 08
I use too, it is only superstition,a belief or idea based on this.If you strongly believe such it then I feel will effect you.The mind is a powerful thing,these days I walk under ladders,place shoes on tables,and no longer throw salt over my shoulder,and I am still alive and well...lol
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
1 Mar 08
haha I figured it was a superstition and just wanted to hear whether others do it. I found it strange to be honest LOL The only thing I don't do is walk under ladders - not sure why I still do that to this day actually as nothing has ever happened to me :) thanks for your response gandatwo.