Old Wives’ Tales We Still Sort Of Believe

July 28, 2014  |  
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We don’t know where these superstitions came from, but they’ve been around for so long it’s hard not to believe that they’re sort of true — at least on some level. We’ve tried to let go, but old habits die hard. Do you believe in any of these?

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Spilling Salt Is Bad Luck

And the only way to get rid of it is to throw some over your left shoulder.

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Bad Luck Comes In Threes

You lost your job, got a flat tire and now you’re even more worried because you know something else is next.

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Hold Your Breath When You Pass a Cemetery

What will happen? It depends on who you talk to. Some say you’ll be the next to die. Others say you could become possessed. Either way, it’s all bad.

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Step On A Crack, Break Your Mamas Back

Did you know it was originally “step on a crack, turn your mama black?”

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Don’t Cut A Baby’s Hair Before Their First Birthday

According to superstition, it will make the baby’s hair grow back “bad.” Some people even say it’ll give the baby bad luck for the rest of it’s life.

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Don’t Go to the Zoo When You’re Pregnant

Why? Because your baby will come out looking like a monkey. We don’t know where this one came from, but it’s kind of funny.

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Don’t Pull Out Grey Hairs

Or ten of those bad boys will grow back in it’s place. This one probably isn’t true, but who’s willing to chance it?

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Knock On Wood

Or the good luck you just talked about will turn bad.

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Don’t Split the Pole

Most of us aren’t even sure what this one means, but we’ll still go out of our way to not let a pole come between us.

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An Itchy Right Palm Means Money’s Coming Your Way

But an itchy left one means that you’re about to lose a chunk of change.

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Don’t Talk On The Phone During A Storm

…or turn on the television. Otherwise, you could get struck by lightning through the wires.

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Dreaming About Fish Means You’re Going to Have A Baby

We don’t even have room to list all of the things most grandmothers think could mean you’re pregnant. Heartburn? Itchy knees? It all means her grand babies could finally be coming.

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Don’t Put Your Purse On the Floor

Or you’ll never have any money.

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If Your Ears Are Ringing or Burning…

Someone is talking about you. Hopefully it’s good things and not someone spilling your tea.

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Don’t Swallow Your Gum

Or it will stay in your stomach for seven years.

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