Old Wives Tales And Common Superstitions


Are you superstitious?

Here's a collection of old wives tales and superstitions... The funny, the silly, the ridiculous and the most common superstitions!

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  • If you blow out all of your candles at once on your Birthday your wish will come true.
  • When you're cutting your birthday cake don't touch the plate with the knife or your wish won't come true.


  • Your first dream in a new year will come true.
  • When someone appears in your dream it's because they are missing you.


  • If you rub Vicks on your feet you'll stop your cough.
  • Drinking cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections.
  • If you have a cold rug up and sleep with lots of blankets - you'll sweat it out during the night.
  • Put your hands over your mouth when you sneeze so that your soul doesn't come out.
  • Be sure someone says "Bless you!" when you sneeze to scare the devil away.
  • Cracking your knuckles will cause Arthritis.
  • If your ears are ringing, someone is talking about you.
  • If your left palm is itchy you're going to come into money.
  • If your right palm is itchy you're going to have money taken from you.
  • You can cure a sty by rubbing it with a gold ring.
  • Warm hands mean a cold hear. Cold hands mean a warm heart.
  • If you have a pimple on your tongue you have told a lie.
  • Eating carrots makes your eyes blue.


  • If you eat your crust your hair will grow curly.
  • Don't brush your hair at night or you'll forget everything you've learned all day.
  • If you go to bed with wet hair you'll wake up with a cold.
  • Drinking beer will put hairs on your chest.


  • Bad luck comes in three's.
  • Cross your fingers when you wish for something to happen.
  • If you break a mirror you'll have 7 years bad luck.
  • It's bad luck to walk under a ladder.
  • 13 is an unlucky number.
  • You'll have bad luck if you put your shoes on the table.
  • You'll have bad luck if you open up an umbrella inside.
  • You'll have bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.
  • You'll have good luck when you find a four leaf clover.
  • You'll have good luck if you find a horse-shoe.
  • A rabbit's foot will bring you good luck.
  • You'll have good luck if you wear your clothes inside out.
  • If you find a coin heads up you'll have good luck.
  • It's bad luck to give someone a purse as a gift without a coin in it.
  • Wearing an opal will bring you bad luck if it is not your birth stone.
  • Make a wish on a wishbone. Break it and if you get the longest bone your wish will come true.


  • When you hear Cookaburra's in the morning it means there's going to be a storm.
  • When it's a full moon people go a little crazy.
  • If a cat sneezes there will be rain.


  • For a happy marriage a bride should wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
  • Garlic will protect you from evil spirits.
  • At the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold.
  • If you see a shooting star say "Money, money, money!" out loud and money will come to you.
  • A cat has 9 lives.
  • Knock on wood so you don't jinx yourself!
  • Pick a daisy and say "He loves me" and "He loves me not" for each petal you pick off. If you end up on "He loves me" than he does!

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stricktlydating 3 years ago from Australia Author

G'day maggs224, khmazz and Ms Dora, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed these old wives tales and thank you for taking the time to comment - I always enjoy hearing from you! :)

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Voted Up and Funny because some of these superstitions make me laugh. Some of my relatives still swear by some of these including the itchy palm.

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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

Some of these I can hear my grandma telling me when I was a little girl! Great idea for a hub! :) Voted up!

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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain

Interesting hub, I enjoyed reading it Here are two more

If the palm of your hand itches it means money is coming to you

Don't put new shoes on the table or you will get bad luck.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most interesting tales and I haven't heard of these tales sometimes what people think about sounds insane

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Finally I understand why most of my wishes don't come true....the knife touches the plate each time I cut the cake ;-)

And boy am I happy that I don't like beer!

I am not too supertitious.... but I never had a black cat either!

I can give you one old wives tale about the weather that I learned in Canada... hang prayer beads to your clothes line outside so the next day the weather will be nice.... I must confess that I did it once because I was organizing a big 45th wedding anniversary for some friends and I wanted to make sure that I would have enough room inside and outside! The weather was nice on the day of the party :-)

Interesting those old tales! Thank you for sharing!

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