T.Bird on a Wire

Thursday Thirteen #5
August 23, 2006, 8:38 pm
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Thirteen Old Wives Tales

1. If your ear is burning, then someone is talking about you. To determine whether what they are saying is good or bad, remember this rhyme, – Left for love, Right for spite!

2. A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it.

3. If the palm of your right hand is itchy, then it foretells that money is coming to you, but don’t scratch it as that stops the money from coming! If it’s your left palm that is itchy, then scratch away, as that means that you’ll soon be paying out money

4. See a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck.

5. If the head of a bed is placed towards the north it foretells a short life, towards the south a long life, the east riches, the west travel.

6. Cows lifting their tails is a sure sign that rain is coming.

7. If your nose itches, someone is coming to see you. If it’s the right nostril, the visitor will be a female, left nostril, male.

8. If you leave a rocking chair rocking when empty, it invites evil spirits to come into your house to sit in the rocking chair.

9. Place a hand in front of your mouth when sneezing. Your soul may escape otherwise.

10. The days of the week on which it is considered most lucky for women to make any important decision or to undertake any great tasks are Tuesday and Friday. For men the fortunate days are Monday and Thursday.

11. If you do not present a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once during your life, you will go barefoot in the next world.

12. Women should not whistle, for it encourages evil spirits to visit them.

13. To stop cramps, carry certain animal bones on your body. Another cure is to lay your shoes on your stomach, across the cramp.


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There are certainly some wierd ones in there:-)

I can think of a more likely reason those cows are lifting their tails LOL

Good list tho. I’ve heard loads of old wives tales, and some are dead funny.

my TT is up

Comment by juggling mother

I’ve heard some of these and enjoyed reading them and the others. Kind of makes me want to find out the “why” behind them. Cheers.

Comment by Bev

Being Dutch I didn’t know all of those, so it was very interesting reading stuff!
Thanks for stopping by to meet Freyja.

Comment by Tink

I like these. But what des it mean if your cat sneezes like 17 times in a row and then flings snot all over the room, you know, just hypothetically speaking?

Comment by Jenny Ryan

Darn cats been lying to me then… No money has come this way yet and that’s all he does is sneeze. Great list, I love to hear old wives tales.

Comment by Charmed1

Yay! That was a fun read! My daddy has always refused to kiss any of us through a car window… I never knew why until a few years ago.

Happy T13. My list’s up!

Comment by Kimmy

Some of these are just hilarious!

Comment by Barb

I hadn’t heard many of these! Mine is up.

Comment by noladawn

Some of these are very unfamiliar, but a few of them, I’ve heard all my life, like #1 and #4. And on #7, my grandmother always said “If your nose is itchin, someone’s coming with a hole in their britches” LOL 🙂

Great list, have a wonderful day. Mine is up also…

Comment by Stacy

Cows lifting tails..hahahaha
Great TT
My TT is up
Have a wonderful Thursday!

Comment by Raggedy

I always forget the details! The left, the right – the boy, the girl – the love, the spite. The itchy palm thing I reeeealy need to put to memory!!

Comment by Leanne

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