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    Are you superstitious?

    I am not at all, (had a black cat for many years), with ONE BIG exception -- I have to Knock Wood when I make certain statements. I don't know, to me it is just tempting fate to say, "I've never been struck by lightning" or "no one in my family ever died of the bubonic plague". I know it does not make sense, but I do it anyway.

    So how about you, are you superstitious in any way?

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    The only thing I haven't chanced is renaming a pet. My great grandmother said renaming an animal would cause it to die. Kinda harsh but that is what she was told by her great grandparents and her parents too. She said it was common to know that from long ago and all the kids learned what not to do as much as what to do.
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    I guess I am, tho I never thought about it that way. I have a lucky # (11). I make wishes on stuff (3 pop-eyes, 11:11 on the clock, white horses). I knock on wood. So, yeah... I guess I am.
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    possibly.......but I don't think I really am.

    1: I won't walk under a ladder......sometimes in the stores they have displays going across the isle and I won't walk under those either. I Don't walk under them NOT for the fear of bad luck it is the fear of something falling on me.

    2: I won't allow elephants in the house...meaning stuffed...ceramic...God forbid a real one...HA!! But all that comes from my mother she never let us kids have elephants in the house as she said it was bad luck.

    3: I like even numbers and seldom ever by one thing it is usually two things.....have NO idea why as I live in an odd number house.

    I am sure there are a few more things that I do that most would consider superstitious.
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    Jazzmyn, it is only the elephants with the trunks facing down that are bad luck. With the trunk up it is supposed to be good luck.


    And is THAT what you are supposed to do on 11:11??!! I never knew. I went through a period where I would wake up at 11:11 PM almost every night. Weird.

    Now I will start making wishes when I see it.

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    Nope. I walk under ladders, love black cats (used to have one), break chain letters, etc.
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    I HATE chain letters with that implied threat if one doesn't do what it says!!

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    I also hate those letters/posts, that say if you love God, your child, whomever, you'll re-send/post! I break those, as well!
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    I am Irish...need I say more??
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    DH rides bikes and once was bumped by a semi. Not hurt, thankfully. Now I have to tell him not to get hit by an 18 wheeler every time he goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The only thing I haven't chanced is renaming a pet. My great grandmother said renaming an animal would cause it to die. Kinda harsh but that is what she was told by her great grandparents and her parents too. She said it was common to know that from long ago and all the kids learned what not to do as much as what to do.
    We did a rescue on a dog and his name was Cody. Well, my son and grandson, Cody, were living with us at the time, so.. We renamed dog Cody, Timmy. And hasn't hurt him a bit. He is laying here at my feet, curled up in his blankie, happy as a clam. ( And how do you know if a clam is happy?) LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The only thing I haven't chanced is renaming a pet. My great grandmother said renaming an animal would cause it to die. Kinda harsh but that is what she was told by her great grandparents and her parents too. She said it was common to know that from long ago and all the kids learned what not to do as much as what to do.
    Apparently my son-in-law is superstitious. His name is Frank. His uncle Frank was shot down in WWII and he was shot down over Hanoi and spent several months in the Hanoi Hilton so he would not use the name Frank with either one of his sons. He did, however, name them for two of his crew that were shot down with him and did not survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Nope. I walk under ladders, love black cats (used to have one), break chain letters, etc.
    Oh, speaking of breaking... I would FREAK OUT if I broke a mirror (& no... not with my looks! You guys! LOL!). I also always strart new stuff on either the 1st of the month or on Thursdays (whichever works out best for the project).
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    Quote Originally Posted by redeagle View Post
    Apparently my son-in-law is superstitious. His name is Frank. His uncle Frank was shot down in WWII and he was shot down over Hanoi and spent several months in the Hanoi Hilton so he would not use the name Frank with either one of his sons. He did, however, name them for two of his crew that were shot down with him and did not survive.
    My DH says the British royalty are the same way about the name "Arthur". It's "bad luck" so they only use it for one of their hundred middle names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    I am Irish...need I say more??
    LOL! That cracks me up... wait... is that bad luck? LOL!
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    I always knock on wood -better safe than sorry-My Gramma was German and she brought a few from the old country with her.The bird hitting the window always brought out the rosary to pray that no family member passed in the next 24 hrs.Her prayers were always answered.My other Grandmother was Irish and all things were bad omens -but she was the only Irish person I ever met that was mean and hateful.Her twin sister seemed to spread lots of love and light where ever she went -a true Faerie she was..
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    The only superstition I learned from my Irish Nana was, if you get lost in the woods at night from following a Will O'the Wisp, turn a piece of clothing inside out and put it back on that way. Then you won't be lost anymore.

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    I have a few superstitions. One is knocking on wood. The other is that I won't divulge what I think is pending good news before it is confirmed. Example ... a job interview that went really well - I won't tell anyone until an offer is made (and accepted) because I always think the moment I say "I might get ....." my karma will change.

    Ladders, mirrors, black cats, cracks on sidewalks, and spilt milk or salt ... no superstitions.

    And ALL my dogs have multiple names that develop over the years. With some, the original name was eventually lost.
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    my black cat came to me named "Shadow". I changed it to "Spook". DH changed it to "Mr. Spook".

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    i hate the chain letters too. I almost always break them. If I have had bad luck, I'm sure it was my due time to have it, not because of some stupid chain letter. If God really wanted to do us harm, would he send us a form letter first??
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    In some ways, I do knock on wood! But I always break those chain letters- hate em!
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    I am probably one of the most superstitious person(S) in TN---ask my kids---I don't start anything on Friday unless I know I can finish it, don't cut my hair in Dog Days (and will probably really look like a witch on Aug 11th), no washing on New Year's Day (meaning laundry), wear red for good luck, find every 4-leaf clover in my yard come Springtime, don't give scissors/knives as gifts (make the recipient pay for them). Give me time, I could come up with lots more. I had one lady ask me one time how I manage to get from one end of the day to the next......hahaha
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    Bit of both rational/superstitious....I kind of keep the superstitions going, mainly due to family tradition/quirks. Interestingly, where I am from black cats are lucky....and if a white cat crosses your path, it means someone close to you will die. My mother will not buy/drive a green car....I on the other hand have owned 2 (and never had an accident in either of them). I'm keen on myths/legends....old stories and family tales....have really enjoyed your posts.

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    Try not to be but know that I am. Do the knock on wood thing. Sometimes hate to say something for fear it will change after that.

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