Growing up in a 'country' family (though we lived in the city for the most part), I learned a lot of superstitions. My lovely daughter, now 25, broke out in chicken pox on Friday the 13th. Now it's become a tradition for her to surround herself with rabbit's feet on that dire day. She ignores me when I mention that the original owners of said feet didn't seem too lucky :D Maybe it's just us country folk who believe in ghosts and spooks and haunts and bad luck but, just in case, I thought I'd share some of the superstitions I've run into over the years.
Once you leave the house, you can't go back inside (because
you've forgotten something) or you'll have bad luck.
Spilling salt is considered bad luck, probably because it
was once so valuable. Superstition has it a person is
doomed to shed as many tears as it takes to dissolve the
Evil spirits can't harm you when you stand inside a circle.
Suspend a wedding band over the palm of the pregnant girl.
If the ring swings in a circular motion it will be a girl.
If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a
Taking a broom from the old house to a new one brings all
the bad luck with you.
A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will
[Especially if the knife is delivered to your back.]
If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for
studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.
The number of Xs in the palm of your right hand is the
number of children you will have.
You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or
you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently