Fodder For The Superstitious

“If you drop a dishrag, someone nastier than you is coming to visit.” Did y’all know that superstition? Neither did I! I can’t remember who visited the last time I dropped a dishrag … but when I do remember, I figure I will have the “dirt” on them.

I’ve told you before that I am not superstitious. I don’t know if you are. If you are not, you can join me in giggling about these. If you are superstitious, then you are out of luck: almost everything you do causes misfortune! The last couple of weeks, I have been collecting superstitions so that I could share some of them on Thursdays. This week it’s what I call “household superstitions,” and there are hundreds of them. I’ll share thirteen, because that is my lucky number.



  1. “Never put shoes on a table or a dresser. If you do then bad luck will walk with you.” My grandmother always went ballistic if we even thought about putting our shoes on the dresser. I believed at the time that she just didn’t want to have to wipe up any dirt we would leave behind, but now I realize it was superstition that drove her protests. I would add that it’s probably bad luck to try to even put on shoes like these, unless you enjoy danger. I’m just sayin’.

  2. “Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy” (and you will have just given your enemy a lethal weapon!).
  3. “If you move the furniture in your sitting room every month, you will have good luck.” Unless, of course, you throw your back out-of-whack … that is bad luck.
  4. “The rocking of an empty rocking-chair indicates the coming of bad luck.” It also indicates that you just might have a spirit and probably need to hire yourself the Ghostbusters … unless you see this after imbibing “spirits.”
  5. “It causes bad luck to have two clocks running in one house.” I am in serious trouble … I collect clocks, and have several running in each room.
  6. “Do not knock on your own door.” I don’t know what happens if you do.
  7. To hang up the calendar before the old year is out will bring you bad luck.” I keep my calendar on the iPad … I don’t know how the superstitions translate to the new technology.
  8. It causes bad luck to jump out of a window unless you jump in again backward.” Let’s just not jump out of any windows, OK? I’m pretty certain that jumping back in again is going to result in a broken leg.
  9. “It causes bad luck to sit on a pair of scissors.” Really? Somebody had to make up a superstition about that?
  10. “Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.” I know a lot of people who knit and crochet, and I hope you are reading this!
  11. “Crossed cutlery on your plate means you can expect a quarrel.” Is the solution to eat with chopsticks?
  12. “Place an acorn on a windowsill to protect the house from being struck by lightning.” The acorn will attract bugs which will eat your windowsill, but at least you are safe from lightning.
  13. Lexus

  14. “Italians often believe that having a bird in the house brings bad luck.” I have five cats who would love to test that theory…

Now, if all of these superstitions are starting to make you as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, don’t panic! There are ways you can protect yourself. For instance, you can grow a pot of ivy inside the house, which is supposed to protect you from evil and hexes (unless of course, you have a brown thumb and kill it). You can also break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle. I would suggest, however, that you only break one spell at a time so you don’t get dizzy and fall … and I would further advise that you NOT wear the shoes shown above while trying to break the spell!

  3 comments for “Fodder For The Superstitious

  1. dona
    August 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My grandma always said that if you drop a dishrag and it lands wadded up, company’s coming. If it lands flat, the company will be male. My mom always insisted that you should never give anyone anything sharp because it would cut your friendship with them … unless you included coins, which would block the sharp item from cutting the friendship. And of course there’s the old, “My nose itches. Somebody’s comin’ with a hole in their britches!”

  2. WOL
    August 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

    If your right palm itches, somebody’s going to give you money; if your left palm itches, you’re going to give your money to somebody else. After balancing my check book the other day, I’d say it’s a miracle my left palm doesn’t itch constantly.
    Bad luck to open an umbrella in the house, or let a man leave his hat on the bed. Not sure what’s supposed to happen in either case, but bad luck.

  3. August 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

    My mom used to say — an itchy nose means you’ll kiss a fool.

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