What? Didn’t you know this? Do I hear a chorus of demands asking where I gleaned this little-known wisdom from?
Old Superstitions– A fun site that categorizes superstitions according to Good luck/Bad luck, Holidays, Animals, Weddings, and plenty more. Want to know how to tell which spouse will die first in a marriage? Why shouldn’t you give a knife as a housewarming gift?
There’s a new link on my website for this as well, mainly because it’s a fun place to read through, and some of these zany beliefs and old-wives tales might trigger a little something in your brains for a story. There is just some weirdness we can’t make up on our own.
Some of my favorites:
“Singing Christmas carols at any time other than during the festive season is unlucky.” …so what about blasting them in stores even before Thanksgiving hits?
“If you go to the bathroom in the night with no clothes on, insects will fall on you.”
“If you see a magpie, remember this rhyme – One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told.”
And finally…”If you go to a crossroads at Halloween and listen to the wind, you will learn all the most important things that will befall you during the next twelve months.”
Now there’s a story!
Here’s another idea. In writing any science fiction or fantasy story, especially those that involve a never-before seen race of aliens or creatures, how might superstition play a part? Do these beings believe in superstition at all? How would it differ from the way we humans deal with it? Could superstition actually become the entire basis for a religion or cultural trend? Take that and run with it.
I see that smile.