Sunday, March 9, 2014

Part 2: What's behind Some Superstitions? Fingernails, Fishermen, Frogs, Knives

Tom was watching the PBS TV series "Doc Martin" recently and someone threw salt over their left shoulder. We wondered what that meant, so I looked it up and found this interesting article on line. Maybe it'll explain some things you've heard about!   There are a lot of superstitions, so you'll be able to read about them over the course of several days.
- Rob
Part 2: What's behind Some Superstitions? Fingernails, Fishermen, Frogs, Knives

Fingernails - Witches, seeking to control and influence their victims, used to brew potions with collected fingernail clippings. The truly superstitious burn or bury their clippings to keep them from harm. The eccentric artist Picasso stuck rigidly to this rule, keeping all his nail clippings — and shorn hair — in sealed and dated containers.

Fishermen's Superstitions - Seafaring men have invented countless superstitions to keep them safe until they are back on dry land.  Having a woman on board, distracting the sailors, is thought to bring terrible luck on a crew. However, a naked woman is said to calm stormy seas, which explains the busty figureheads found on the front of ships. Bananas on board spell disaster. One theory dates back to the 17th century when slave ships sometimes travelled with a cargo of bananas. The fruit was known to release deadly methane gas into the hold, suffocating African slaves trapped inside.
Frogs -  Frogs were once believed to cure all manner of ailments. A country cure for thrush was to hold a live frog to the patient’s mouth. As it breathed in, it was supposed to draw out the disease into its own body. Warts could also be cured by rubbing a frog across them. (EEEEWWWW!!!)

Knives Superstitions -  Beware of buying a bride and groom a set of kitchen knives. Legend has it that giving a knife as a present ‘cuts’ your friendship in two. The Greeks believe that a black-handled knife under the pillow wards off nightmares, and the Chinese that knives protect pregnant women from evil spirits. A knife under the bed is meant to act as a painkiller during childbirth, and, in a pre-Health-and-Safety age, a knife in the cradle was thought to keep a baby from harm.

NEXT: Superstitions of  Ladders, Magpies,  Rocking Chairs, and Spilled Salt

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next