If Your Bum Tickles It Means That You Will Soon Eat Pie and Other Superstitions From Around The World
“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” Groucho Marx
Humans have always tried to explain the unknown and allay their fears. Most superstitions are based on old explanations of how things might work if we actually had control over our universe. Fear, ignorance and superstition can be very dangerous. I thought I would share some of the more milder superstitions – the kind that my grandmother brought with her from the old country.
My own personal ones include not walking under a ladder, not stepping over someone because they won’t grow (I was very short till I was about 14 so I was adamant about that one) and wearing a red bracelet or evil eye on a plane for luck. I do get queasy when a black cat crosses my path.
Clipping toenails or fingernails at night is bad luck. China
Never hand some one a knife. Set it down and let them pick it up, or else you will get into a fight with that person. Greece
It is lucky to hear a cat sneezing. Italy
If you whistle or play a flute at night, snakes will come to you. Japan
If you spill wine on the table, it brings happiness to the whole house. Portugal
if someone passes a broom over your feet, you will never get married. For that reason, you can see many single women getting out of the way of people who are sweeping. Venezuela
If you stand between two people whose names are the same, you should wish for something because your wish will come true. Turkey
If you always put the sugar in the cup before the coffee, you’ll become rich. Brazil
If a single woman sits at a table in the corner, she won’t be married. Kyrgyzstan
When you move to a new house, make sure you do so on a rainy day, because it will bring you wealth. Iceland
Don’t present your mate with a pair of shoes. If you do, your boyfriend or girlfriend will leave you. Korea
If you find money, even if it’s just one cent, you’ll receive more money. If you are walking in the street and you see money, you always have to pick it up. Argentina
If you stand up and your chair falls over, you’re in for bad luck. Ireland
Hearing a cricket brings good luck. Spain
Leaving your keys on a table is bad luck. Sweden
On the first day of the month, if you say “white rabbit”, the entire month will be lucky for you. England
Putting a loaf of bread upside down on the table, is considered bad luck. France
if your bum tickles it means that you will soon eat pie. Belgium
It is unlucky to enter the house with the left foot forward. Austria
A broken dish brings good luck. Netherlands
If you make jokes when eating, a ghost will steal your rice, Thailand
Killing spiders is considered to bring bad luck. Whenever you see one making itself comfortable in your own house, you are supposed to take it and set it free in nature. Slovakia
If your right palm itches you’re going to spend money, but if your left palm itches you’re going to receive some money. Ukraine
One of the unluckiest things you can do, is walk between two old ladies on the road. Germany
Putting gloves on a table will bring misfortune. Latvia
If you spill your coffee it means you will receive money from somewhere. Romania.
If a bird shits on you, or if you accidentally step in shit (any old shit will do) – you’ll be (filthy) rich! Lithuania
If a woman puts her handbag on the floor, she will have no money. Poland
Throwing a shoe over your shoulder brings luck, though not for the person who might be standing behind you. Czech Republic
These are great. What a fun idea for a post! Here’s to your collecting many more.
I thought so too but it wasn’t that popular. thanks for reading and commenting.
I’m surprised it wasn’t! They are funny!