Superstition: how superstitious would you say your fellow countrymen are?

@urbandekay (18314)
May 17, 2012 2:29pm CST
I mean to include classic superstitions, like those concerned with black cats and more modern ones all the best urban
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
17 May 12
Superstition like religion, is slowly going the way of the Doo-doo bird! As the consciousness of the world rises, people become more intelligent, and better able to think for themselves. Consequently beliefs that are useful to make the world a better place, survive! While theories of hearsay, the supernatural, and things that go bump in the night, are left behind!
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@liquorice (3902)
17 May 12
And thank goodness for that!
@urbandekay (18314)
18 May 12
Pragmatic efficaciousness is not, however, always a guide to truth. all the best urban
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 May 12
I'm not sure if this is just in the UK,but in the Hotel business,You're not going to find many instances where #13 comes up..no Tables with a 13,or rooms with a 13..I've heard (I've No experience of multistorey hotels to verify this!) but I read skyscraper hotels prefer not to have a 13th floor..
@urbandekay (18314)
18 May 12
I can confirm that at least some British hotels have a room 13 all the best urban
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
18 May 12
Really? Would they be group owned,or privately owned ones?
@urbandekay (18314)
18 May 12
Now that I don't know all the best urban
@liquorice (3902)
17 May 12
In general not very superstitious at all. I think it's mainly the older generation who think you shouldn't open an umbrella indoors, walk under ladders or put shoes on the table. Things like that were passed down the generations, and either people just stopped passing them down to the younger ones, or the younger ones are choosing to ignore the advice! Hardly anybody I know in the UK is superstitious. Although I did used to work with a lady of my age (in her late thirties), who would never set a table for 13 people. She would always split the table into two separate tables rather than have 13. She is the exception amongst the people I have known.
@liquorice (3902)
17 May 12
Ah, I see you are in the UK too. I wonder if you have the same impression as me?
@liquorice (3902)
18 May 12
Hmm, interesting! I never considered talking to my computer, other than to call it rude names when it doesn't work! I think new superstitions like this wouldn't be very convincing for me, because aren't superstitions supposed to be very old; things that people have been doing for years and years. And some people still do them now because, well, people have been doing them for years and years - and who knows what would happen if they ever stopped?!!
@doroffee (4233)
• Hungary
17 May 12
There are some people, especially in the country, who believe in superstitions like if they hear an owl's hooting in the night or they see an owl staring at their house, someone is going to die in their house.
@urbandekay (18314)
17 May 12
Ah, that is a new one on me, thanks all the best urban
@urbandekay (18314)
18 May 12
Well, The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk all the best urban
@maximax8 (27048)
18 May 12
I would never buy a house that is number 13 because it would feel very unlucky. I don't choose to fly on a plane on a 13th and that would be especially so for a Friday 13th. That is a day that I try to be very careful on. At the moment it is 2012 and I worry about next year being 2013. The whole year might be unlucky.
@urbandekay (18314)
18 May 12
Sounds like you're quite superstitious all the best urban
@vandana7 (57734)
• India
18 May 12
How is 2013 unlucky - after all 2+1+3 = 6
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
17 May 12
I don't think we are very superstitious over here at all, we have to attitude.. first prove then we will see if we believe it. And even the proves we will discuss about or have doubts about. We are also not a very religious country so this might explain a lot as well, besides of the fact most of us have seen way more as just our own country and we are all well (or high) educated. The know you more and can explain the less you believe or take for granted or see as a fairy tale, tale, gossip or way to get in the centre of interest.
@urbandekay (18314)
17 May 12
Thank you, am I right in thinking you are from Holland? My impression of Dutch people is that they are very liberal in their social attitudes, would you say that is a correct impression? all the best urban