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Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious?  Today's your day, then!  I thought it might be fun on this "unlucky" day to find some food-related superstitions.  Then you can decide what to eat (or not eat) for dinner.
  • It's unlucky to spill salt.  And if you do, you're supposed to throw some overy your shoulder to keep from getting bad luck.  Some people even distinguish which shoulder to throw it over.   
  • Some folks eat boiled eggs out of the shell.  You should always push your spoon through the bottom of the empty shell to let the devil out.  (I don't think it does anything for your cholesterol levels, though.) 
  • In the same vein, an old superstition tells you to crush the shells of an egg.  If you don't, a witch would gather the shells and make a boat out of them, which she could use to sail to sea and cause storms. 
  • In Yorkshire, England, it was believed that bread would not rise if there was a corpse in the vicinity.  (If there's a dead body hanging around, I don't think you should be making bread.  You have other concerns.)
  • If you cross cutlery on your plate, you can expect a quarrel.  (Esepcially if you didn't eat everything.)
  • If you leave a white tablecloth on a table overnight, you can expect a death.  (Especially if you spilled wine on it.)
  • In China, white is the color of death, so eating items like eggs, white cheese, etc can be a sign of bad luck.
  • In Japan, it's important to eat every last grain of rice from a meal, so you won't go hungry in the future.
  • There is a superstition that if you find a hole in a loaf of bread that you cut, it meant that someone is going to die soon.  The hole represents a coffin.  (What is it with bread and dead people?)
  • Garlic is a powerful item for the superstitious.  Of course, you know it wards off vampires.  But it also is supposed to prevent the effects of the "evil eye" in Greece.
  • We've all tried to split the wishbone from a chicken or turkey.  Traditionally, you let the bone dry, then two people pull on it with their pinkies.  The one who ends up with the bigger piece gets the good luck.
May your day be free of witches in egg shell boats, bread with holes, white food and crossed cutlery. 

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