Superstitions

@dfollin (12734)
United States
June 12, 2008 5:36pm CST
My grandmother was very superstitious.It was funny.She'd say,don't let a black cat cross your path,don't walk under a ladder,you'll get 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror,don't pick up a penny tails up,don't open the umbrella in the house,don't put the shoes on the bed.And many more.We had to throw salt over our shoulder for some reason.I don't remember why.Are you superstitious? Do you have a family member or friend that is? What are some of the superstitions?
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
13 Jun 08
No I am not superstitious. And as for a penny, I do pick it up for several reasons and one of them being every time I see a penny it reminds me that In God We Trust.
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@dfollin (12734)
• United States
13 Jun 08
US Penny - a coin worth 1 cent
Hmmm,I never thought of that as a reason to pick up the penny.But,that is a great one.
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
12 Jun 08
Yes I grow up with all this superstitions and I tell you in those days life was funny and alot of enjoyment. Now if you tell these kids they will just tell you that you are an idiot. Now it has grown out. Those are the one's I grew up with. Just reading them bring back my childhood days.
@dfollin (12734)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Most kids are like that.But if my daughter see's a penny on the ground and I tell her not to pick it up and she'll ask why and I'll tell her it will bring you bad luck.She says to me "Really?"
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@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I was raised up on most of those superstitions that you mentioned. If a black cat ran across the road in front of us in the car, my mama would make my daddy turn his cap around backwards. I can't remember either why we had to throw salt over our shoulder, hmmm, I can't remember. My mama wouldn't let us all go around a pole/post different, if one went around one way and another the other side, mama would say 'Bread and Butter." You never started anything on Friday if you couldn't get it finished on Friday. My mama has started sewing many dresses for me and sit up until almost midnight to finish it before she'd go to bed because of this one. I hadn't heard the one about not putting shoes on the bed. God bless.
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@dfollin (12734)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Friday the 13th - Superstitious people believe that is a day of bad luck
I never heard about the one about the pole or turning his cap around.The only thing I ever heard about Friday was that Friday the 13th was a bad luck day.God bless you too.
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@knightrider (1083)
• India
13 Jun 08
i myself am very supersttitititous, but it is good in a way u will alwauys be double careful, if a black cat crosses ur path u will not attain wat u have set out for in that journey and bad luck will fall u
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I think more of the older generations are more superstitious. I call it STUPID-STITIOUS!! My mother's sister (my aunt) was so bad with superstitions and I have a friend 10 years older than me who is bad, too. I put my shoes, new ones, on a table once and she yells, "Take the shoes off of the table, IT'S BAD LUCK!!" I said, "That's dumb." And she said, "Well, you've had bad things happen, how do you know it wasn't from something like this?" UGH!!
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• Philippines
13 Jun 08
" STUPID-STITIOUS!" i love that term. No offense but i don't believe in bad luck if you do this or that, or if you see a black cat or something. But a lot of relatives believe in many superstitious things. And they always tell me, they've got nothing to lose if they believe in them.whatever!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
13 Jun 08
I don't believe in luck, good or bad, either, nor coincidences. I believe many things happen because they were meant to happen. We can change some things, and we can't change others. That's why superstition is so silly!
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@youless (93173)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Jun 08
I am not superstitious at all. My family is the same. We believe in science. I don't think something like seeing a black cat will bring me bad luck. I love China
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@Insung001 (740)
• Philippines
13 Jun 08
I do not believe in any superstition. I really find it hard to believe any of them because I cannot find any logic at all. My grandmother on my father's side is very superstitious though. And it has been the subject of our arguments ever since. Although I would usually just joke about it and still show respect to my grandmother after the arguments. While we are here in Manila (city), we don't really give much importance to superstitions. But when we are in the province, the elderlies would really get angry if we don't observe them seriously. Sometimes I would just follow the elderlies out of respect for them, but deep within me, I really don't believe.
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• United States
13 Jun 08
All of the superstitions you've named I have heard and listened to. A couple of them I still take heed to like for instance, the one about not putting shoes on the bed. But I have one that I don't see amongst yours and that is: don't put a hat on the bed. Please don't ask me what it means because I don't.
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• India
13 Jun 08
hai ... it is too bad .it has to stop.Its is most dangerous.
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@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Yes my grandmother was like that too and every one of the superstitions you mentioned, I remember her saying them a lot. The one where you have to throw salt over your shoulder is if you spill salt. I am not superstitious but my hubby is. :)
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Sorry I accidentally posted twice. I got knocked off line and it posted twice. :)
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
13 Jun 08
One of my grandmas was very superstitious also. She used to tell me not to laugh so much because laughing will cause bad things to happen. She also mentioned the black cat and she said to not stpe over someone who is laying in the floor. If you did, you were to step back over them. I have also heard that you are not supposed to open an umbrella in the house. I also heard you are not supposed to walk under a ladder either. I heard about the mirror also. I heard about the oenny too. I have never heard of the shoe thing though. I try not to be too superstitious though.
@liquorice (3901)
13 Jun 08
Oh dear, that's a sad thing to be told not to laugh too much! I've never heard of that one about it causing bad things to happen. I bet you found it a hard one to keep to as a child.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Oh my Mom was so superstitous too...She said if the hem of your dress was turned up it meant you were going to get a new dress...If your nose itched someone was coming with a hole in the britches..She always said something too about a black cat crossing the street..If your hand itches that meant you were going to get money..The same thing about the breaking of a mirror...My Mom was really supertitious and she had all kinds of saying...No i don't really think i am supertitious..I have a friend that is though and everytime anything comes up she has a saying behind it...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Jun 08
I am not at all superstitious. My mother-in-law is. She's always coming up with things that sound crazy to me (she's German, I'm American). She brought me kitchen scissors once and made me pay her a penny because it's bad luck to give scissors to somebody. I just smile and act like I understand!
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
13 Jun 08
The broken glass of bad luck for seven years. Not to walk around a tree.. All kinds... I try not to think about them because they are very eerie so to speak..
@liquorice (3901)
13 Jun 08
Yes, my grandma had a few superstitions too. One of them was that it's unlucky to wear green clothes! I don't know why this is - have you heard of this before? I obviously don't believe this one as I'm sitting here in my green jumper!! She also said things like if your ears are burning then someone is talking about you and if you have a boil on your tongue then you must have told a lie. And she was also a firm believer in not opening an umbrella in the house. I also used to know someone who would freak out if there were thirteen people at the table as this is considered very unlucky. (I think it is linked somehow to the Last Supper). We went out to dinner once and she saw there were thirteen of us, so as our table was made up of two little tables she quickly separated them so there were six on one table and seven on the other!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jun 08
No I am not at all superstitious but have friends who are.If you drop the salt shaker you have to throw saltover your left 'shoulder. and if your left palm itches you are going to' get a large sum of money.whoa never happened to me.about walking under a ladder, just be careful there is not someone on it painting over your head.lol. and always say god bless you'when someone sneezes so he or she does not lose his soul'when he sneezes again lol. lol for sure.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
13 Jun 08
well, my parents are not that superstitious and since i don't live with my grandparents, i don't know how superstitious they are... but all these times, my parents always take things easy and never mention those superstitious things that you mention to me in your post... but i had heard people saying them before... take care and have a nice day...
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Yes my grandmother was like that too and every one of the superstitions you mentioned, I remember her saying them a lot. The one where you have to throw salt over your shoulder is if you spill salt. I am not superstitious but my hubby is. :)