Monday, August 13, 2007

Superstition aint the way, yeh, yeh

Patty here…

Remember that old Stevie Wonder song?

Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.

When you believe in things that you dont understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition aint the way

Maybe it aint the way, but today is Monday the 13th and I'll admit to being a just bit superstitious. I was walking home the other day from visiting my mother when I saw a ladder leaning against a building, blocking the sidewalk. The reasonable non-superstitious option was to walk around it. At least that’s what I told myself. What would you have done?

I also have a pair of lucky earrings I always wear when I travel, especially in an airplane. I’m still here so they must be working. I used to hum “Up Up and Away (in my beautiful balloon)” as the plane took off, just to give the aircraft a little extra boost. I know, I know, that’s just plain weird. I don't do that anymore...well, at least not every time, because the earrings seem to work just fine on their own.

Here are a few superstitions and a few more.

Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place.

Sheesh! GAK! NOW they tell me.

Lettuce is believed to have magical and healing properties, including the power to arouse love and counteract the effects of wine.

Perhaps Lindsay Lohan should be eating more salads.

If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it's the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.

What if your nose itches on the bridge? Does that mean you’re going on an ocean voyage?

If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

This one had me frantically paging through my scrapbooks.

It's bad luck to open an umbrella inside the house, especially if you put it over your head.

I’ll cop to opening my umbrella inside the house to dry it off, but I always pause a moment to consider the consequences. I have never put an umbrella over my head inside, though. Um…like why would I do that unless the roof was leaking?

A bride's veil protects her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people.

I think too many folks are jealous of happy people, so maybe I’ll start wearing a veil whenever I go out…you know, just in case.

This one is for all of our tea-drinking friends:

When you make tea with tealeaves, like in "the old days", you turn the teacup upside down after having finished drinking it. Wait until the water has disappeared, then take a look at the shape of the tea leaves. The first thing you see in the teacup is a prediction of what will happen to you. If you see a man, you will have a visitor. See a heart - future happiness. See two hearts - marriage, dots indicate money, you will either gain, or be careful not to spend, and so on.

When preparing a nice cup of tea, you shall never put milk in the tea before sugar, because to put the boiling water into a teapot before tea will bring bad fortune.

What's your take on superstitions? Your snarky sister invites you to dish.

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  1. I have about half a dozen superstitions surrounding my agent hunt, but I can't tell you about them because it will jinx them all.

  2. Christa, we must do lunch and chat. I have a few..ur...rituals you may want to employ but I can only tell you about them on the second Monday after a full moon.

  3. Go-Lo......Snarky? really? Eloquent and erudite,yes......insightful and entertaining,yes....but Snarkey? for my part of this "covered dish" dinner blog

    A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions.
    In high school,"a friend" of mine was bemoaning his job as a short order cook at the deli........I relayed this superstition and thought he should give it a try. Sure enough after burning several onions on the liver and onions orders, he was he got his wish, no more slaving over a hot grill. On the other hand, be careful what you wish for, it might come true......having lost his job, he couldn't make his car payments and they repossessed his car.

    Here are some more body part oriented superstitions........or "old wives tales" [which I never understood...are the wives old or are the tales old, or both?]

    If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.
    [It can also mean that you have a rash]

    If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.
    [It could also mean that you have onset signs of glaucoma]

    If the palm of your right hand itches it means you will soon be getting money. If the palm of your left hand itches it means you will soon be paying out money.
    [Here's hoping that my right palm will start to itch like crazy---- perhaps I can find some poison ivy around here somewhere]

    If the bottom of your right foot itches, you are going to take a trip.
    [Hopefully the trip won't merely be the one to the CVS to buy some

    As a note to Robert Blake, sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it's unlucky to kill one....So, as the song goes,"keep your eye on the sparrow" and you can take that to the bank.

    I've heard too, that it is very unlucky to forget to take your please, remind those who you know, who absolutely need their meds to function, to please take their meds...we wouldn't want bad luck to befall them...or the rest of us.

    PS: "It ain't a superstition if it's true." Mary Todd Lincoln

  4. In 2004, during the Red Sox's amazing season, I worked with a guy who had to sit on the left side of his couch and walk his dog during the fourth inning or the Red Sox would lose. This guy is convinced that his ritual helped them win the Series. Of course if he's still doing that, it hasn't helped.

  5. Jon, I've always wondered about old wives tales, too. I think it could use a hyphen. Old wives-tales or old-wives tales. N'est-ce pas?

    Eloquent? Erudite? Moi? You sweet-talked the snark right out of me. (The check is in the mail) :o)

  6. Oh, Karen, that's hilarious. Maybe it was really the dog that made the team win and now the pooch is cheering for the Seattle Mariners instead.

  7. If you drop a fork, it means a woman is coming to visit. A dropped knife means a man, and a dropped spoon a child.

    Easting garlic protects you from evil spirits. (Based on last night's dinner, I'm clearly a believer in this.)

    But I also love those oferatory candles, don't you know.

  8. Louise, my research in the field tells me that eating garlic pretty much protects you from EVERYBODY.

  9. It's odd that I'm not more prone to tossing salt or dodging black cats, because the most superstitious people I know are gamblers, actors and infantrymen. I've been all three.

    I'm not superstitious.

    But I don't push it, either.

  10. I've already thrown an entire handful of salt over my shoulder this morning. Lila dumped it out on the coffee table, so I scooped it up and stood in the kitchen doorway and tossed it backwards into a bed of ivy outside.

    We believe in my family that a dropped fork means a man is coming over, a dropped spoon a woman, and a dropped knife means there's going to be a fight. Whenever someone drops a knife, my sister and I yell "Bitch!" simultaneously in a loud falsetto at each other, hoping that counts for the fight.

    I'm also all about not letting black cats cross my path. The last time I ignored that one, I crashed my moped ten minutes later and got seventeen stitches in my knee.

    I always have to read the emergency card in airplanes and say the Lord's Prayer under my breath before takeoff.

    No umbrellas are opened in my house, and I would sooner knock over a ladder than walk under it. I think you get a wish if you hold your breath all the way through a tunnel, if you lift up your feet when you're driving over railroad tracks (multiple wishes for trainyards), and various other things I can't remember right now. Oh, except for if you see a haytruck and don't look back at it, once you're past it.

  11. David, since you were once a gambler I guess it doesn't hurt to hedge your bets, eh?

    Miss C, love your additions to the list! Remember this one? Step on a crack, break your mother's back?

  12. ...step on a line, break your mother's spine...

  13. Never heard that version before. Thanks for sharing.

  14. ACK! Patty! The 13th comment!!!!

  15. Gak, indeed. Here's me throwing salt over my shoulder. Whew! You're safe!!!!

  16. I'm the least superstitious person I know. Under the ladder or round it? Whichever's most direct.

    I'm also the luckiest person I know.

    Does that help anyone?!


  17. Rob, we NakedAuthors need to find some way to cash in on your luckiness. How about sending us one of your lucky umbrellas?