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British Superstitions

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Some of the British superstitions

are similar to Russian ones, others are different.


  1.  It is unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must take a pinch and throw it over your left shoulder.

  2.   A black cat crossing your path will bring you good luck.

  3.   It is bad luck to pick up scissors that you have dropped.

  4.   It is bad luck to take the last piece of bread on the plate.

  5.  Burning cheeks or ears mean someone is talking about you. It is an enemy if your right cheek is burning. It is a friend if your left cheek is burning.

  6.  It is extremely unlucky to walk under a ladder propped against a wall or building. But if you must pass under a ladder, you can avoid bad luck by crossing your fingers and keeping them crossed until you see a dog.

  7. The number 13 is very unlucky and Friday the 13th is a very unlucky date.

  8.  A horseshoe over a door of a new house brings good luck. But it must be the right way up. The luck can run out if it is upside down.

  9.  It is extremely unlucky to break a mirror. It means seven years of bad luck.

  10.  It is lucky to touch wood. If you feel you have said something that is tempting fate, touch some items of wood with the right hand.

  11.  It is unlucky to open an umbrella in the house. It will bring misfortune to the person who has opened it or to those who live in the house.

  12. Clover usually has three leaves, but some have four. A clover with four leaves will bring you good luck.