Thursday, April 30, 2015


These are some common Western superstitions. Many of them originated during a time when there were no scientific explanations for events that happened. People used to believe in witches, magic, dragons, and fairies. There are still people who continue to believe in superstitions and live their lives according to these beliefs.

Baseball Bat
Spit on a new bat when using it for the first time to make it lucky.
It’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
When a bell rings, an angel has received its wings.
If a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck.
It’s good luck to find a four-leaf clover.
If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him/her a coin.
It is bad luck to kill a ladybug.
It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder.
If you break a mirror, it’s seven years bad luck.
If you spill salt you must throw some over your left shoulder.
It’s bad luck to open an umbrella in the house.
Knock on wood anytime you mention good fortune.
Cover your mouth so your soul doesn’t go out of your body.
Itchy Ear
Someone is talking about you.
Friday the 13th
This day is traditionally unlucky unless you were born on it.
Comprehension Questions:
1. What should you do to a bat to make it lucky?

2. What shouldn’t you put on a bed?

3. How can cats be unlucky?

4. What kind of clover is good luck?

5. If a friend gives you a knife, what should you give in return?

6. How can ladders be unlucky?

7. How can ladybugs be unlucky?

8. What can give you seven years bad luck?

9. If you spill salt, what should you do?

10. How can umbrellas be unlucky?

11. When should you knock on wood?

12. What should you do when you yawn?

13. What does an itchy ear mean?

14. How can Friday the 13th be lucky?



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