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Aileen
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How superstitious are you? « on: July 26, 2010, 07:11 PM »
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Superstitions are strange things - either rituals that are performed in order to avoid bad luck or in the hope of bringing good luck, or beliefs that certain actions or things have ominous implications.  They have no rationality, and yet many of us regularly practise or believe in them.  Some we inherit from family members, others we invent.

My wet umbrella is right now outside my flat to dry, because of my belief, thanks to my Mum, that having an open umbrella in the house will bring bad luck.  I've also been a state of mild anxiety since yesterday when a friend gave me a bunch of red and white flowers, a combination which I was brought up to believe was a symbol of death (the red, I understand, being blood, and the white, sheets).  On a cheerier note, I had an uncle who used to walk clockwise round his care three times before getting in to drive it, and who also made sure that it's registration number was 777, even though it meant paying for the privilege.

We all know that Andy won't shave during tournaments, but what superstitions do MW folk have or know about?
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 07:16 PM »
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Russian superstitions range from open umbrellas in houses, whistling inside your house will make you lose money. If your nose itches, someone is thinking of you. Sitting on cold surfaces will make girls infertile. Women carrying heavy things will be infertile. You must sit in a circle before a long journey and ponder about the road ahead. Do not clean while a guest is flying in or out.

I'm positive there are more weird ones, but I can't think of them all.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 07:18 PM »
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Don't really have any - but find other peoples superstitions amusing.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #3 on: July 26, 2010, 07:18 PM »
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I leave my open umbrellas to dry in the kitchen normally and I put my shoes on the table .....

I have the odd weird habit though.  Like I can't stand notes (money) all crumpled up, and they have to be the Queen face up every time.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #4 on: July 26, 2010, 07:20 PM »
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Pretty much all courtesy of my grandma - if your nose itches, you're going to be angry, if your ears are burning, someone is talking about you (if the left one it's something good, if the right one, it's something bad - or vice versa, can't remember), you must always say hello to - or salute - magpies, no walking under ladders, no news shoes on the table, no umbrellas up indoors.

I'm particularly paranoid about the magpies and the new shoes.... (damn you Blood Brothers!!)
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #5 on: July 26, 2010, 07:22 PM »
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I never say "I'm going out on the pull tonight" because then I don't pull ... does that count? lol
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #6 on: July 26, 2010, 09:19 PM »
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I can't stand notes (money) all crumpled up, and they have to be the Queen face up every time.
Same with me, but maybe that's more to do with having a tidy mind ... Think

I never say "I'm going out on the pull tonight" because then I don't pull ... does that count? lol
Definitely! Smile
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #7 on: July 26, 2010, 09:22 PM »
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Same with me, but maybe that's more to do with having a tidy mind ... Think
Definitely! Smile
The note thing may have been a habit from when I worked at a bookies.  That was the main thing I had my hands on and there was lots of it.  And yay, I had a superstition Very Happy
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #8 on: July 26, 2010, 09:24 PM »
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Think I'd agree with the tidy mind thing .... all my notes have to face the same way in my purse and sorted by denomination ....
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #9 on: July 26, 2010, 10:27 PM »
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Russian superstitions range from open umbrellas in houses, whistling inside your house will make you lose money. If your nose itches, someone is thinking of you. Sitting on cold surfaces will make girls infertile. Women carrying heavy things will be infertile. You must sit in a circle before a long journey and ponder about the road ahead. Do not clean while a guest is flying in or out.

I'm positive there are more weird ones, but I can't think of them all.
Some of those are practical though. Sitting on cold things and carrying heavy things probably have made women infertile before.

I'm very superstitious, I just can't help myself. I take everything as a sign or an omen abd find it really hard to shake off those ideas (obviously most prominently the negative ones) once I've though about them. It's like telling people to imagine a swimming pool, but to not imagine and jellyfish in it.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #10 on: July 27, 2010, 02:58 AM »
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Some of those are practical though. Sitting on cold things and carrying heavy things probably have made women infertile before.
Sorry, Emma, but these really are rubbishy old-wives' tales.

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I'm very superstitious, I just can't help myself. I take everything as a sign or an omen and find it really hard to shake off those ideas (obviously most prominently the negative ones) once I've though about them. It's like telling people to imagine a swimming pool, but to not imagine and jellyfish in it.
I love that analogy, but, seriously, it does sound to me that you're being much too introspective because maybe you are by nature an anxious person.  Superstitions can become obsessions, and that's not a good thing.  Just a friendly suggestion hug, but you might benefit from attending anxiety management classes.

However, I'm glad to say that I came clean with my friend about the red and white flowers because I really didn't want them in the flat any longer, either together or in separate vases.  Thankfully she said she understood.  I've kept the white ones but the red are in the bin. Rolling Eyes

Also not walking under ladders does make sense.  I used to pooh-pooh it until one day I was walking under one when a tin of paint landed just inches in front of me.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #11 on: July 27, 2010, 08:03 AM »
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Sorry, Emma, but these really are rubbishy old-wives' tales.

I don't think she was saying that they're true, more that it's believable that in the past people could easily have thought that they would cause infertility...
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #12 on: July 27, 2010, 08:12 AM »
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Most superstitions come from a decent amount of reason, sometimes the reason behind them is right, sometimes the reason behind them is wrong.
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #13 on: July 27, 2010, 08:26 AM »
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I remember my mother said it was unlucky to cross knives.  I don't believe it of course but guess what I don't leave knives crossed!  I don't really believe in superstitions but I do silly things like saying to myself that if the traffic lights don't change before I get through them Andy will win a match that day- how stupid is that? And of course it doesn't work!  Not really superstition but I do think it's inviting bad luck to be hubristic about Andy's chances in a match and I find myself sometimes shouting at the commentators who are assuming he's won a match long before the end given that I've seen him lose from a clear winning position before now.  So this is me around his matches nervous
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Re: How superstitious are you? « Reply #14 on: July 27, 2010, 10:42 AM »
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I leave my open umbrellas to dry in the kitchen normally and I put my shoes on the table .....

I have the odd weird habit though.  Like I can't stand notes (money) all crumpled up, and they have to be the Queen face up every time.
 Sounds a bit like Rafa and his water bottles!
I don't think I have any superstitions - very boring of me I know but I'll think on it - try and find out some Dartmoor ones if I can.
The note thing may have been a habit from when I worked at a bookies.  That was the main thing I had my hands on and there was lots of it.  And yay, I had a superstition Very Happy
I worked in a bank - sometimes on the counter too and our notes had to be stacked and bound in a certain way - but I've never had the urge to do so personally - must be a tidy mind - and I'm not too sure I have one of those either! Whistle
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