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Warding off bad luck
Superstitions, Magic and Phobias
"Being superstitious can paralyze you. Here are some ways to ward off all that bad luck."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
OK, we will start with an easy one. If you spill salt it is considered bad luck. What do you do to turn the bad luck into good luck?
Throw a pinch of the spilled salt with your left hand over your left shoulder
Throw a pinch of the spilled salt with your left hand over your right shoulder
Throw a pinch of the spilled salt with your right hand over your left shoulder
Throw a pinch of the spilled salt with your right hand over your right shoulder
One of the most well known superstitions is that breaking a mirror brings you 7 years bad luck. What can you do to reverse this?
wash broken pieces in a south running river
hide the pieces in an east facing cupboard
glue the mirror
throw the mirror into the northern side of a lake
If you believe that a black cat crossing your path will bring bad luck, what do you do when one does?
count seven backwards
take 12 steps back
count to 100 while sitting
Which nails, if made into a ring, will ward off bad luck?
nine inch nails
This common superstition is thought to have come from the ancient Celts, who worshipped trees. The superstition is considered to prevent bad luck.
collecting old leaves
scraping the trunk
What action has a universal power of exorcism and purification, warding off evil influences?
Now for a theatre superstition. The word Macbeth is believed to have a curse on it and if someone says it in a theatre bad luck will befall them. Which of these is a way to ward off the bad luck if you say the cursed word?
leave the theatre, turn around three times, spit and ask for permission to re-enter
buy fresh flowers and place them on the stage
search the theatre, find a green room and whistle in it
kneel on the floor and pray for forgiveness in the middle of the theatre
Let's leave the theatre and go to the countryside. An owl's hoot is associated with bad luck. How can you counter the bad luck?
build a campfire
kill the owl and eat it
take off your clothes and turn them inside out
find another night bird and listen to its song
This superstition is to prevent bad luck for the year ahead. What do you have to do before the 12th night after Christmas?
break 3 Christmas decorations
eat 12 mince pies
pack away Christmas decorations and Xmas tree
put the holly and mistletoe in a garden
When you get out of bed on the wrong side i.e. the left side, what should you do to counter the bad luck?
put your right sock and shoe on first
stand on your left foot for 30 seconds
get back in and get out on the right side
make the bed quickly
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Compiled Jun 28 12