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11 July 2013
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Zudyaschie palm

Some people believe that if the right palm itches, you will lose money, and itchy left palm means that money will find you. If both hands itch. it's better to go to the doctor.

Zudyaschie palm

Groaning cheese for newborns

You have certainly heard about the Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese and cheese Pepper Jack, but do you know anything about the groaning cheese In medieval England, pregnant women produced what was called groaning cheese. It was a huge range of cheese, which matured for nine months while in the womb grew up a child. When it was time to moan (date of birth), the whole family celebrated and ate this cheese as it did not stay on only the upper crust. Through this crust smuggle a newborn on the day of baptism. It was believed then that his life will be long and happy. Here is a superstition cheese!

Groaning cheese for newborns

Horseshoe for good luck

Some people believe that Horseshoe attract happiness into the house and get rid of nightmares. This superstition is connected with the fact that the horseshoe has seven holes, and it is - a lucky number. Another shoe is made of iron, it is believed that the metal ward off evil spirits that come to us in nightmares.

Horseshoe for good luck

Friday the 13th

This day gave rise to superstitions since the 19th century. In fact, this is only a theory and speculation, but their influence is quite strong. Many people in this day avoid serious cases (business meetings, meetings, banquets, etc.) because of the belief that the day is cursed and has only woes.

Friday the 13th

Bless You!

For many, the phrase bless you after someone sneezes - a gesture of politeness. However, the origin of this formality is from Pope Gregory the Great. It is a belief that the soul disappears from the body during a sneeze and the heart stops for a moment. Hence the phrase bless you was a way to greet the man who has come back to life.

Bless You

Curse of the opal

They say that this stone brings trouble to their owners. This superstition has gone from a famous book by Walter Scott's Anna Geyershteynskaya, written in 1829, where the Lady Hermione was falsely accused, and dies shortly after a drop of holy water falls on her opal necklace, and the stone instantly changes color. The book has so affected the reputation of opal that after its publication, price of this stone have fallen by as much as 50 percent.

Curse of the opal

Bells on special Occasions

Have you ever wondered why the bells are associated with weddings and all sorts of special occasions. It turns out that the bell sound wards off evil spirits. This belief appeared during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The bells rang for prayers for the repose of the soul and to ward off evil spirits, standing at the foot of the bed.

Bells on special Occasions, Old Wives Tales

Bird droppings - to wealth

In Russia believe that if a bird drops on you, your car, or on any of your stuff - it's a good sign for money. The more birds did it for you, so you'll become richer.

Bird droppings - to wealth

Old, new, borrowed and blue

They say that this popular wedding tradition has appeared in the Victorian era, and it is in giving the bride the four gifts. Something old symbolizes eternity, new symbolizes hope and the future, the third thing - borrowed symbolizes happiness and the latter - blue, brings purity, love and devotion.

Old, new, borrowed and blue

Black Cats - bad luck

Almost everyone has heard that if a black cat ran across the road to you - it's bad luck. This superstition has come to us from the Middle Ages because of the belief that if single women (usually older) living with multiple cats is a witches and they can transform themselves into cats which brings bad luck to the people who cross them.

Black Cats - bad luck

Broken Mirror

We have already said that the mirror - are items mysteriously suck the soul out of us. But what happens if you break it Of course, seven years bad luck. Some superstitious sources claim that the mirror of the soul caught adversely affect our destiny.

Broken Mirror

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