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British & American Superstitions

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On the first day of the month it is lucky to say "White rabbits".

It is lucky to meet a black cat. Black cats are featured on many Good Luck greetings cards and birthdays cards in England.

It is unlucky to open an umbrella indoors.

Friday the thirteenth is unlucky.

Catch falling leaves in Autumn and you will have good luck. Every leaf means a lucky month next year.

It is unlucky to put new shoes on the table.

It is unlucky to see one magpie and lucky to see two.

It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.

It is bad luck to let milk boil over.

If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you.

If your right hand itches you'll soon be getting money.

It is unlucky to walk under a ladder.

A cockroach on the house brings good luck.

A rainbow in the east means tomorrow will be fine.

An acorn brings luck and ensures a long life if carried.

Killing a ladybird is unlucky.

It is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.

Leaving your shoes upside down is unlucky.

Breaking a mirror means seven years bad luck.

Hung a horseshoe above the doorway, it brings good luck to a home.

Finding a four-leaf clover is very lucky.

If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

If you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with the first puff you will get your wish.

Before slicing a new loaf of bread, make the sign of the cross on it. A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.

If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year. Three butterflies together mean good luck.

If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you.
If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you.

If the bottom of your right foot itches, you are going to take a trip.

If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers.

If you sing before seven, you will cry before eleven.

If you bite your tongue while eating, it is because you have recently told a lie.

If a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it means she will marry a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.

Knock three times on wood after mentioning good fortune so evil spirits won't ruin it.