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    • Psychologists say superstitions are our way of managing anxiety about the unknown, socio-historians would probably claim they are remnants of our old pagan beliefs, and most people think superstitions are just quaint folk tales. To me, superstitions are a way to tell stories.

      In my home country Lithuania, the following superstitions are still alive:

      - whistling indoors may invite evil

      - spitting over your own shoulder three times will prevent a jinx

      - throwing out bread crumbs will invite famine

      - to give jewelry made from bone or ivory as a gift is wishing death or serious injury to the person receiving it

      - if you trip on your left foot, it predicts misfortune

      - if a knife, fork or spoon drops off the table while dining, - a guest is coming

      - if you hear a cuckoo in spring and don't have any money in your pocket, you'r be broke all year round

      - if a stork makes its nest near your house, the house is blessed

      - if a bird hits a window it brings bad news

      - never start mopping the floor from the threshold - it will invite misfortune

      What superstitions does your country have?

    • Some from the USA, though I'm not sure what culture they come from:

      - If a black cat crosses your path it's bad luck

      - If you break a mirror it is 7 years of bad luck

      - Never walk under a ladder it's bad luck

      - If you find a four leaf clover it's good luck

      - It's good luck to find a penny on the ground and pick it up

    • I think the clove one is Irish, and the black cat is global! Poor kitties - studies have shown that black cats are a lot less likely to be adopted because of this superstition.

      And it seems that a lot of people have a superstition about mirrors - in Mexico, opposing mirrors make a "door for the devil".