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Scottish Old Wives Tales

Updated on October 3, 2008

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Old Wives Tales.

There are a lot of so called old wives tales,which have been passed from generation to generation,some people swear by them and others laugh them off.I don't know if they work or if they don't if you know of any that have worked for you please say in the comments box.

Below is a list of Scottish "Old Wives tales".

1) If you find whilst washing the dishes 2 spoons in a teacup,It is a sign that there will soon be a wedding in the family,3 tea spoons in a tea cup signify's a new baby in the family.

2)To predict the sex of a baby: Suspend a wedding band held by a piece of thread over the palm of the pregnant girl. If the ring swings in an oval or circular motion the baby will be a girl. If the ring swings in a straight line the baby will be a boy.

3)If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

4)If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.

5)To drop a comb while you are combing your hair is a sign of a coming disappointment.

6)Make the foot of the bed before the head, or else my dear, you'll never wed.

7)If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.

8)Dandelion root tea will promote psychic powers. This same tea, steaming and placed beside the bed, will call spirits.

9)Lemon and whiskey take away a cough.

10)If you're getting sick, unpeel a garlic clove and put it in your mouth. Leave it there for as long as you can stand it; then chop it up, leave it in the air for 20 minutes, and eat it. Just don't kiss anybody.

11)An onion cut in half and placed under the bed of a sick person will draw off fever and poisons.

12)For migraines stand in a bucket of cold water.

13)If you break a double strawberry in half and share it with someone, you will fall in love with each other.

14)When peeling an apple, peel all in one piece from top to bottom or vice versa,(it has to be the whole peel), and then throw the peel over your left shoulder. When it lands on the floor look for a shape of a letter - it will be the letter of your future husband.

15)Don't sing at the table, you'll marry a crazy person.

16)If you find a penny face up, pick it up for good luck. If it is face down, turn it over and leave it for the next person to find and have good luck! .

17)If you spill the salt, throw it over your shoulder for good luck, it is said that this scares bad spirits away.

18)If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test,

the pencil will remember the answers.

19)If your right palm itches, money is coming your way.If your left palm itches, money will be paid out.

20)If you want a boy, drink cola products, eat more red meats and stick with salty snacks like pretzels and chips. If it's a girl you desire, both partners should eat lots of vegetables and fish and bulk up on sweets-especially chocolate!.

There a millions of "Old wives tales" even if they don't work they are fun conversation pieces.

have fun.....jimmy


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      7 years ago

      Does anyone have a lucky charm that actually works?

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      Uncle Jerry 

      10 years ago

      She shouldn't be upset. A needle has no place in this old wive's tale, it's a wedding band and thread.

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      12 years ago

      lolz jimmy :)

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      Jimmy the jock 

      12 years ago from Scotland

      Please everyone remember that these are all folk tales and shouldn't be taken too seriously, the lady above got quite upset when the trick she tried didn't work.....jimmy

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      12 years ago

      Thank you for reply! I just want to have a family one day and when the needle didn't move multiple times, I guess the thought crossed my mind that I may never have that. Have a nice day :)

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      Jimmy the jock 

      12 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Kristen, these methods have never been scientificaly proven, the wedding band and the thread is a thing to try when you are pregnant to tell you the sex of your unborn baby,take all of the above with a pinch of salt.

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      12 years ago

      OK, I tried doing the whole, needle and thread trick over your palm to predict if you will have any children in the future and what their sex will be, and it didn't move. I am really upset because I want to have a family, do you think this is absolutely true?

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      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      all i can say is that my wife must have done a lot of singing at the table lol...jimmy

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      13 years ago from St. Louis

      I have heard so many of these! The wedding ring tale proved true for my last 3 daughters! Fun stuff!

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jimmy the jock 

      13 years ago from Scotland

      thanks tom...jimmy

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      13 years ago from England

      I love stuiff like this. Gimme time to study it before I comment in greater detail. Cheers, Tom.


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