QUEENIE: "Is that what happens if you have lots of good ideas, your foot falls off?"
NURSIE: "Yes - my brother had a good idea of cutting his toenails with a scythe, and his foot fell off."
- Blackadder II, kinda sums up a lot of these superstitions...
Not for the poor animal who lost his foot...
In Italy if you want to say "good luck" in a theatre, you have to say "merda" three times which literally means "sh*t"
I knew most of these from my grandmother, who always said she was not superstitious at all (bless, she was the most superstitious person I knew. Though optimistic - for her, black cats were good, not bad, luck). But when she bought my parents a cake knife one time, she said she also had to give my Mum a coin, to pay for the bad luck of the blade to go away. I've not come across this tradition anywhere else, is it mebbe just a UK thing?
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