Old Wives Superstitions


On New Years Day if a man is the first one to walk in your door, you will
have good luck. If a woman enters first it is a sign of bad luck.

It's bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.
    Considering most processions are in cars, hitting a car head on is a bad thing ...

The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.
    That explains why there are few New Yorkers (minimum three lock per door/windows) in heaven.

A teaspoon of castor oil will relieve tummy aches (sometimes just "offering" the castor oil will cure the problem.)
    Just offering castor oil would cure me of many things.

In Scotland years ago, breaking shortbread over a bride's head on her wedding day a she will have a happy marriage.
    Really or is it, her breaking the rolling pin over her husbands that makes her happy. 

On February 1st, kiss a passion fruit and your fantasies will come true!
    "Passion Fruit" right ... just another name for ...

You can put a hoodoo on a person by filling an old shoe with red pepper and placing under their house.
    Have I mentioned the odor in my shoes before?

You can make a farmer's well go dry by putting some soda in the well for one week, each day; then drawing a bucket of water out and throwing it in
the river to make the well go dry.
    That's too much work, can I just poke a hole in the bottom?

A falling star shows that a soul has gone to heaven.
    Does one rising indicating they went to the opposite a direction?

If you do one person a good deed and refuse to do another person a good deed, you will have bad luck.
    Obviously coined by the later person.

An "Indian giver," one who takes or demands back something he has given away, is always unlucky.
    And is always a politician.

Tea of wild geranium leaves is good for the nerves.
    A fifth helps too.

Do not sweep immediately after the departure of a guest or you will sweep him bad luck.
    Ah, shouldn't you be cleaning house before company arrives?

Dropping a broom while sweeping is the sign of a new carpet.
    So then dropping the vacuum is the sign of new linoleum?

You will hear of a wedding, if you cry in your dream.
    Considering the wedding march is from an opera where the bride dies ...

You will have bad luck if you drop onion peelings on the floor instead of picking them up and burning them.
    Is this before or after company leaves?

Eat sauerkraut on New Years Day for good luck.
    Sauerkraut, bad luck.  Sauerkraut, bad luck.  Bad luck ain't so bad.

It's bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.
    When has anything associated with a funeral been considered good luck?

Never put your shoes on the table or you will die by hanging.
    What is this fascination with you people and my smelly shoes?  Don't worry about the hanging, the odor will ...

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a young woman was a proposal of marriage and catching it was acceptance.
    In Minnesota it's a snow shovel.  In Texas is a box of shot shells.

If you drop a pair of scissors, step on them gently before picking them up.
This avoids disappointment. Hang you scissors on a hook or nail and they will bring you good luck.
    Ok, kids don't run with scissors, but stepping on them is okay.

You can put a person to sleep, if they chew tobacco, by putting some turpentine on it; when they start to chew they will get sleepy and go to
    Sold in convenience stores as "snoring tobacco."

Wish while you toss your pulled tooth over your head or shoulder or left shoulder.
    No wonder the 1980 US Hockey team won.

To leave an unfinished row means that the results of your planting will be unsuccessful.
    Have you seen rows on my grandma's farm!

A strange noise at night is the sign that something terrible will happen.
    Cold feet will stop that from happening.

You can prevent bees from flying away by putting the roots of a blue lily (iris) in the hive.
    Hey kid, wanna earn five bucks?

To cure nervousness, sleep with a bag of hops under your pillow.
    Those are fermented and bottled right?

You will scald the fairies if you empty dishwater out the door at night.
    It's a good thing my sink has a drain.

A broom dropping in front of the door means company before the day is over.
    Is this when I'm supposed to drop the onion skin on the floor?

If an oak has an abundance of acorns in the fall then the winter will be cold and wet.
    Just as long as the leaves blow into my neighbors yard.

The soul roams the vicinity until the casket is finally covered with earth.
    I warned you about dropping that bouquet...

To discover the name of the person you will marry, write the names of all the guys and gals you know, one name per hazelnut, and roast them over an
open fire. The first nut to pop up is the name of your future mate.
    Do you really want "the first nut?"

Sleep on unironed sheets for happy dreams and a lucky day.
    Woohoo, laundry day just got better!  There's something to Superstitions.

You can take a black cat bone out of the rectum and wear it and become invisible.
    I just ain't going there with this one.

You may make a wish while a rabbit is running across your path.
    That's right and it will multiply...

Wearing a ring with a setting which is not your birthstone will cause trouble.
    So that's where the Curse of the Hope Diamond came from?

You will lose a friend, if you kill a daddy longlegs.
    And gain a friend if you write them checks for no reason.

When you are nervous, drink catnip tea.
    I've seen what this does to my cat, and you want me to take this calm down

Your own bones will ache if you burn bones on the fire as they should be thrown away.
    Ok, the medical examiner frowns on this also.  Hannibal, however will join you for dinner but this could be your last meal.

Your dream will be concerned with the last thing you think of before going to sleep.
    I don't know, my last thought for several years has been Cindy Crawford, and last night I danced dirty with Elmer Fudd.

Bad luck will befall you all year, if you sweep on New Year's Day.
    Unless you eat sauerkraut while doing it.

Spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky.
    Ok, this is baseball and not that flying rat right?

The first butterfly means the beginning of spring. If it is white, it brings health and happiness. If it is yellow, it predicts illness.
    And it if has fangs and metal claws, tell yourself it's just a dream, it's just a dream.

Blessed is the eye that seeth a four-leafed clover/ And cursed is the hand that plucketh it.
    Especially on May 21, 22 and 23.

Drink peppermint tea for tired nerves.
    Can't I just drink chamomile and go to bed?

A crowing cock in your dream will bring you good news.
    And a growing one, even better news

You must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck.
    Especially if you do it crawling over a drunken sailor.

When making the bed, don't interrupt your work, or you will spend a restless night in it.
    This could be good depending on who interrupts me.

Cut your grass in the light of the moon, and you will soon be cutting it again.
    Not to mention being visited by the police, and becoming the bane of the neighborhood.

Grind dried chicken dung into a powder and give a pinch of it in a prune to anyone with hysterics.
    Chicken Shit for a Chicken Shit

If someone comes in to see you and you pick up a broom and go to sweeping in front of them, that is the sign they are not wanted and you want them to go home.
    Calling the police on them is much more efficient.

If you go to someone's house and have to step over a broom, it shows that the mistress of that household is an untidy housekeeper.

A knife dropped on the floor indicates a male guest will arrive. A fork, a female guest.
    And a spoon foretells of alien abduction.

Nose itches? You are about to kiss a fool.
    Ears burn, someone's talking about you.  Or you can take Echinacea.




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