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Fan Death and Korean Superstitions

April 4, 2013

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We mentioned in our video that we have a few more Korean superstitions to talk about in our blog post. They’re not as fun or interesting for us to talk about like the other ones (like Fan Death: seriously guise…FAN DEATH!), but they’re cool to know if you’re interested in facts about stuff and life and you know.

1) Don’t Eat Bread on an Exam Day:

Question: did you ever wonder why you failed that last test? Did you eat bread on that day? If you did, then that’s probably why, dummy! “Bread” in Korean, “bbang” is also the word for 0. So, if you eat 0, you get 0. See how much that makes sense? Atkins diet, FTW!

2) Don’t Eat or Do Anything Slippery on an Exam Day:

Hey: remember that test that you failed, dummy? Did you eat any seaweed soup in the morning (FYI, if you didn’t know, seaweed soup is an acceptable breakfast meal in Korea). Did you put conditioner in your hair when you showered? If you did either of these things, which are slippery, then you let your test results slip through your fingers, or something like that. I don’t know. Don’t do slippery crap on test days! What about slides??? WHAT ABOUT SLIDES!!!???

3) Don’t Crack an Egg on an Exam Day:

WTF YO? What’s with all of these things you’re not supposed to do an eat on exam days? Why so many superstitions about exams? Korea takes its education seriously. You know what’s North American superstition for exam days? Don’t sleep in on exam days. It’ll result in bad grades, because you didn’t attend the damned test!

4) Dream of Pigs or Dragons…not G-Dragons:

You should totally do it. If you do, then hop on over to a convenience store and buy a lottery ticket right away. Dreaming of pigs/Dragons means that you’ll have good luck with money, or something, so buy a lottery ticket. You know: I have no idea how lottery tickets are bought in Korea. I never actually saw a lottery ticket before. I’m gonna have to figure out how to do it. We should make a video about how to win a million bucks via the lottery in Korea. That’d be great.

5) Be a Jerk on Moving Day!

Well, don’t be a total jerk, but a partial one, meaning: don’t sweep up your apartment when you’re about to leave. Pack up all of your stuff into the moving van, and leave the floors dusty. It’s supposed to confuse evil spirits into thinking you haven’t actually moved and are still living in that old place. That seems crappy for the next people moving in, unless in sweeping up your crap they throw away the spirits? Someone help me out here. I just remember being told on our moving days (we’ve had a couple while we’ve been here in Korea) not to sweep up ALL the dust. I wasn’t about to beg like “OH PLZ LET ME SWEEP I LUV SWEEPING” so I left it. Thank you, Korean superstition!

On the opposite side, I like how in Korea people don’t care about opening their umbrellas up indoors, which was a superstition I grew up with (but didn’t care about). Oh, and no “blessing” people after they sneeze. Try it out on your Korean friends/students/co-workers in Korea and they’ll be like…um…WUT.

Also, I’ve never asked about breaking mirrors, but my superstitions tell me you’ll get seven years of bad luck for it. Does Korea have the same thing? All I know is my Baka (“grandmother” in Croatian, not “idiot” in Japanese) broke a mirror-magnet I gave her, and then I (Martina) broke a bone every year for, like, seven years and she blamed it on herself. Which doesn’t make any sense, because the bad luck should go to her, but she explained that because I gave her the mirror, the bad luck went to me. How about I’m clumsy? That’s a good reason! Anyhoo, share your superstitions stories with us! I love seeing how different cultures have similar superstitions and then polar opposite superstitions at the same time!

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  1. My fan doesnt exactly have blades …. so I wont die right? right guise…? Some superstitions in Singapore and this is mostly from malay culture would be dont open umbrella indoors (but ive tried it cause we have a badass over here lol), do not clip your nails at night, girls shouldnt sing when theyre cooking or else theyll marry an old man…

    6 years ago
  2. haha both my brother’s roommates are korean and last year they were trying to convince him that fan death was a real thing and it was the funniest thing me and my brother had ever heard.

    also, i’m not sure if this goes for everyone in the US, but where i grew up, whereas friday the 13th is supposed to be the day where like freddy comes to kill your or satan breaks through the earth’s crust or s/t idk, if you have an exam on that day, it’s supposed to be good luck, i think. or the 13th day of the month or something.

    but yeah that’s my story (✿◡‿◡)

    6 years ago
  3. OVO

    Actually I have heard of fan death before, but based on a completely different explanation. I remember it was generally only dangerous for elderly or sick people and it had to be above a certain degree of heat (that’s not how you say that but my brain won’t work with me). I thought the problem was that the fan basically blows hot air directly at you, but because of your sweat you don’t realise how hot it really is and prolonged exposure can result in your body overheating while it doesn’t feel that way or something ? I’m confused now though cause I definitely wasn’t in Asia when I heard that XD

    6 years ago
  4. from what i know the red pen ink name superstition thingy is because people used to write the names of the deceased in red. also another funny one. in america we try not to have “thirteenth floors” by simply skipping over the number. i heard that they do that with the number 4 in korea. is it trueee???

    6 years ago
  5. In the South here in America it is considered bad luck when it rains on your wedding day. Also three 6’s are considered really really bad luck. To the point that if you buy something and the total is $6.66 then you purchase something else to change the total, and with giving back change you just tell them to keep a penny so that you don’t have that amount in your pocket.

    6 years ago
  6. So funny to know some of the superstition of Korea… Here in my country there are so many xDD

    6 years ago
  7. Nic

    My husband always makes me buy a lottery ticket if I have a really weird or gross dream. He thinks dreams about poo are the best for good luck.
    He also told me that it’s bad luck to trim your fingernails at night because an evil spirit will follow you and try to take your soul or something. I pointed out that he always trims his fingernails at night and he said, “I don’t care, and they can’t come get me in Australia.”

    6 years ago
  8. ahaha fan death. both my brother’s roommates are korean and they were trying to convince the both of us that fab death was a real thing last year and it was honestly the funniest thing I’d ever heard.
    but anyway, i don’t know about other people but where I grew up in the US, whereas Friday the 13th is supposed to be really unlucky, it’s supposed to be good luck if you have an exam on that day or like on the 13th of the month or w/e idk

    6 years ago
  9. I’m originally form the Dominican Republic and my grandma told me not to walk barefoot or look at a mirror when there is a thunderstorm because you can get electrocuted…. I always walk around the house with rubber slippers during a thunderstorm now and cover my mirror with a towel lol

    6 years ago
  10. Wow i should have died every night last summer. lol :D

    6 years ago
  11. Oh, and the thing we REALLY DO in Poland before an exam is KICKING SB’S BUTT (owner of which is taking an exam). And it literally means just that, of course it’s rather a touch with a knee but whatever, even parents do that do bring “good luck” to their child xD

    6 years ago
  12. [watching video, stops video at 1:06, looks across the room at my fan, and my closed door, sighs, and says crap…]
    wao…

    6 years ago
  13. I know in Guam, there is a superstition about your wedding day. If it rains during the wedding for a short amount of time, the couple will last for a long time. However, if it rains all night, the couple is doomed for a terribly unhappy marriage that will end in divorce.

    Also there are superstitions about pregnancy/having a newborn, like never take an infant out at night or when there is fog, the baby will die from having its life stolen by evil spirits. As well as, if you are pregnant and just took a shower, don’t put wrap your hair in a towel on your head cause the baby’s umbilical cord will wrap around its neck.

    Two other superstitions I remember hearing all the time are never ever sleep with your hair wet because your neck will cramp/break and never eat food while laying on your stomach or else your belly will grow to a ginormous size. >.>”

    6 years ago
  14. oh I guess I should be dead by now according to fan death since in the summer I sleep with my fan on, pointed at me in my closed room like every night lol

    6 years ago
  15. There are a few superstitions in my culture, some are backed with good reasons while some others are just ridiculous.

    Reasonable(?) superstitions:
    1. Unmarried girls should not sing while they are cooking or they will get married to old men.
    Real reason: So that girls pay attention while cooking and that will prevent any mishaps from happening like a fire etc.

    2. Children should not eat chicken necks or their necks will bend on their marriage day. (LOOOL)
    Real reason: Chicken necks are nice and the adults just want to have it for themselves ahaha

    3. In my country, people would hang their laundry on poles and stick it out from our flats(? I don’t know how to explain this) so the poles will be hanging in midair. We are not supposed to walk below those poles or something bad(supernatural stuff) will happen to you.
    Real reason: If the pole falls, it might fall on your head and then you can say goodbye to your life. But the supernatural stuff might be a reason too since they always say our local ghosts like to sit on the poles(ah so creepy ><)

    4. When you are eating and one bit of rice get stuck on your face or near your mouth, you will get stepchildren when you get married.
    Real reason: One should always be conscious of one's appearance while eating.

    Unreasonable superstitions:
    1. When you are eating, you are not supposed to lift up your plate or your husband will run away.
    Sounds ridic but this actually happened to my grandma's friend who did not believe the superstition. I still don't believe it anyway.

    2. When you are eating, you must not change your seats or you will get a husband from somewhere really far….

    That's all I remember (and I think I remembered them correctly) but I know there are more superstitions in my culture! Haha
    And I am a Malay from Singapore~

    6 years ago
    • omg these are hilarious!! i love how you have the “real reason” part right after the superstition. so funny!!!!!

      6 years ago
  16. I’m croatian livin in China and i can’t have my wedding ceremony next year cuz, like u said, 4 sounds like death -.-‘ China is FULL of superstitions! FULLLLLL! I’m getting ready to renovate our new apartment, but my parents in law are against every idea i have cuz it’s a bad luck or when u say it out loud it sounds like something bad…. it’s complicated to live in china

    6 years ago
  17. Singaporean here~ We have strange superstitions too, for example, we cannot gift people books/clocks/sharp things. Because books is ‘shu’ in chinese which sounds like ‘losing’. Giving someone clock as a present is ‘song zhong’ in chinese which also means sending the deceased off after the funeral. Giving your friends sharp things like knives and scissors means something like cutting off ties and so the friendship/relationship will end soon.

    Other superstitions are like we can’t shake our legs because we will shake our money away and stuff!

    Oh and there’s this weirdest one which says that if you don’t finish your rice, your future spouse will have very uneven and rough skin on their face, just like the rice bowl. So, the more rice you leave behind, the uglier your future spouse will be. Hah guessing this is a way to make kids finish all their food!
    4 is an unlucky number here too, but its my favorite number!

    6 years ago
  18. Many crazy superstitions in Poland, here’s the one my grandma was believes in: if somebody sweeps the floor around your feet, you won’t get invited to a wedding. LOGIC! Just a thing I remembered when you mentioned sweeping..

    6 years ago
  19. I’m from sweden and I never put my keyes or shoes on the table cause it’s bad luck, but don’t ask me why. And while walking on a street never step on manholes with letters on them, because then bad thing that begin with that letter will happen to you. Well I kind of live on the wild side and made it a habit to ALWAYS step on them instead, and I tell myself that GOOD thing begining with that letter will happen.

    6 years ago
  20. in vietnam a day or a few hours before the lunar new year, your supposed to mop the floor and clean the house because it is supposed to mean that you are going to bring the good luck in when it hits midnight. Also, your suppose to wash all your clothes to bring in the luck for the new year.

    On new years day, your supposed to have your house door open to bring in the luck. To me its more like luck for robbers to come in and steal you stuff!
    Also if you just visited a cemetery (to pay respect to your dead relatives) then it is superstitious that you jump over a hay of fire because it means that no “deathly smell” is around you and apparently little kids can see those “deathly spirits” that are attached to you after you visit the cemetery =.=.
    I find asian superstitions fun to mess with for those that believe in them :)

    6 years ago
  21. In northern ireland we have loads. Here if a black cat crosses your path its lucky. One my mum always adheres to is Dont put new shoes on a table – v bad luck. If you spill salt youre supposed to throw it over your right shoulder to get rid of the bad luck. My granny always said if it rained at a funeral its good luck. If you say something bad that could happen, you knock on wood 3 times to ensure it doesnt happen lol Personally im a “Im not superstitous, but…” person. I do it all, just in case lol

    6 years ago
  22. Guys, OMG, I can’t make it past the sentence “Don’t Do Anything Slipper on Exam Day.” My poor pervy Nasty brain can’t stop. I can’t stop laughing. XD

    6 years ago
    • I just about died laughing because of you XD

      6 years ago
    • and now i can’t stop laughing either, thanks for that xD

      6 years ago
      • You’re very welcome. I was already laughing watching the video but reading that I just lost all laughing control of myself. And I was at work at the time! XD

        6 years ago
  23. I’ve heard the shoe thing here in Canada as well… Not just only high-heels but any shoes because they will walk out of your life.

    6 years ago
  24. In Germany you can make a wish when you see a chimney sweeper :D

    6 years ago
  25. BAKA doesnt mean shut up in japanese, it means stupid ^^ oh and i’m a chinese and i grow up with the superstition that says not to open umbrella indoors too. i never bother all those as well. i’ve also heard about tying a red string on your toe with the other end tied to a banana tree can make you see ghosts. lol. and the bloody mary thingy.

    6 years ago
  26. martina’s right about the eye of a tornado!! twister got that shit right!!!!

    6 years ago
  27. LOVE Martina’s faces behind Simon’s back……

    6 years ago
  28. Really? When you sneeze, they say “gesundheit” in german and in French it’s “santée”, both of which mean “healthy” or “good health”. I personally use “gesundheit” for every day (I speak english but there were lots of Germans where I grew up) and “santée” if I’m speaking french in Québec since I’m not a christian. I’m Canadian, so I like to be polite, but I don’t want to be religious.

    Cyber_3 – step on a crack, break your mother’s back…….

    6 years ago
  29. Japan has the same thing with the number four and you can’t gift things in 4s. I’ve also heard that when you visit someone in the hospital, don’t bring a potted plant since that represents death (roots in the ground). I grew up in the U.S. with the superstition of throwing salt over your left shoulder if you spill it.

    6 years ago
  30. Actually in france too rain for the wedding is a good thing (not for the wedding planners” but) we say: “Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux”: something like: “Rainy wedding, happy wedding”

    6 years ago
  31. I’ve heard about writing your name using red ink as well. My colleague saw me writing my name using red pen and he told me it’s not good ~_~;;

    6 years ago
  32. In Trinidad and Tobago we have a saying that if you eat from the pot, its going to rain on your wedding day and that if you sweep a single person’s foot that they are not going to get married (delay how long it takes them to get married….something like that)

    6 years ago
  33. about mirrors! well not exactly mirrors, but breaking things.
    in Lithuania shivers/fragments/shards bring good luck. don’t ask me why XD

    6 years ago
  34. People from Korea and Japan, please don’t shoot me, I’m just talking about what I learned in an East Asian civilization class in college. There is some sort of Chinese origin in Korean people because Chinese nomads traveling to Korea, Japan, other east asian countries back in the ancient days. The language, culture, and other things followed the nomads when they moved, but changed over time. However, there are some things that still from Ancient China that still have survived even now, just like the number four superstition. So there is a bit of Chinese origin in everyone, even though they don’t want to acknowledge it or don’t think about it.

    6 years ago
    • I know that they are different. I did say there is SOME sort of Chinese origin. That does not mean everyone in the ancient days were Chinese that went to Korea.

      6 years ago
    • I did mention that things have changed over time, so I know that they are different from the Chinese.

      6 years ago
    • Well of course Japan is, they use Chinese characters lol. They can pronounce the word “four” as “shi” which can mean death.

      6 years ago
    • I remember being told and elarned about it too, that they were chinese people but trraveled to other places and created a new culture, people. They may not be from the same language group or people say they have loan words and all, that is also true, but it’s also true that they used to be chinese people, from a looooong time ago

      6 years ago
    • Korean and Japanese are not pat of the Chinese language group.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages – Japanese and others, Korean’s place here is heavily debated.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Tibetan_languages – This is the Group Chinese dialects fall under.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreanic_languages – discussion of korean as a language isolate.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Korean_language

      “Archaeological evidence suggests proto-Koreans were migrants from south-central Siberia” -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_people#Origins
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_people#History- Check out the Theories of Origins Sections, there are many theories, and its not as straightforward as they were from China.

      Also you can go down and look at all the references for he articles if you would rather see a study than a Wikipedia article.

      Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries with China through the tributary system, and that is how Chinese culture and characters (they only used characters hey still spoke Korean) came to Korea and Japan. There are adopted words and loan words, and lot of cultural customs but they are not througah common relation, but cultural exchange. There hasalso been quite a bit of China absorbing Japanese loan words too. They exchange is mutual through all, although through the tributary system Chian seemed to have been dominating quite a bit.

      6 years ago
      • I understand that, but all I mentioned what that there are Chinese origins in these groups. They used the language, but it had either evolved or been complete changed from the Chinese language system. If I remember correctly, Korea used Chinese until the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty realized that the system was too difficult for both the aristocratic and other social classes for communication and writing. I know that there are also traditions that may still remain within both counties, but I did mention that they had evolved or been complete replaced over the centuries, not that they are completely following Chinese. There were also different kinds of nomads that came to Korea so of course they also had an influence on the people and language..

        6 years ago
      • In all honesty, China controlled Korea and Japan for a period of time in the past. Kinda like Rome taking over England and France. Most of the education was Chinese and they were ruled by the Chinese for a long time. I think there may have been some intermarrying though. I know there was between Korea and Japan because it wasn’t uncommon for Japanese to adopt Korean children to raise as their own during Japan’s occupation of Korea in the early 1900’s. But yeah, Korea and Japan still use traditional Chinese characters cause they were part of China’s empire for a time in each of their histories. The spoken languages were definitely influenced by Chinese though. My name sound very similar in all three: (Chinese) Shengli, (Korean) Seungri, (Japanese) Shori.

        6 years ago
        • Me: “Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries
          with China through the tributary system, and that is how Chinese culture
          and characters (they only used characters hey still spoke Korean) came
          to Korea and Japan.”

          You: “The spoken languages were definitely influenced by Chinese though.”

          You: Most of the education was Chinese and they were ruled by the Chinese for a long time. I think there may have been some intermarrying though

          Me: Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries with China through the tributary system

          The process which you are unfamiliar with was the tributary system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Chinese_tributary_system A lot more happened than marrying and tehy were not excalty ruled by China, Check it out.

          It was absolutely different than Roman England or Roman Gaul. Completely. Utterly. Rome invaded Britain and Gaul and administratively controlled them in a way more similar to Japans Occupation of Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain

          Saying the same thing. I was implicitly discussing everything you just said.

          What I was noting is that they are not from a common descendent. Huge interactions and exchanges, but Korean and Japanese did not start out as Chinese and morph into something else. They they both came from a much more distant and unknown language, probably before people were in Northeast Asia.

          Exchange with Chinese language and a language descending from Chinese are two fundamentally different things.

          6 years ago
        • Like Cleopatra! She wasn’t Egyptian, she was actually Greek from the Ptolemy family.

          6 years ago
    • Did you know all Japanese high school students study ancient Chinese literature? Kind of like how some American HS students study Latin. So Japanese people at least aren’t in denial of their indebtedness to ancient Chinese culture or anything.

      6 years ago
    • i was thinking about the same thing too. i have heard so many elders telling me about how koreans n japanese were originally chinese in a way n they travel to other places n build up their own kind of culture n everything. Please dont shoot me too. no harm intended. just sharing the tales i’ve heard. cheers
      ;)

      6 years ago
  35. Malaysian Superstitions ^_^

    Dont clip your nails at night ( i forgot why but I think it was your mom will die)

    Dont play the flute at night or else snakes will come

    Dont open the umbrella in the house or you’ll be struck by lightning

    Dont sing in the kitchen You’ll get an old man for a husband

    Dont change your seat when eating you’ll get a cheating husband

    Your pencil must not be shorter than your pinky finger OR YOUR MOM WILL DIE! ∑(O_O;) [ My biggest fear!]

    Dont take a bath at night you’ll hurt your bones

    If your eyelash falls, pick it up make a wish and blow it. HAHA I STILL DO THIS! XD

    Dont play at dusk you’ll be abducted by Hantu Tetek ( Breast Ghost lol)

    If you lie on your stomach while lifting up your leg and spreading it YOUR MOM WILL DIE [again…Σ(゜ロ゜;) ]

    6 years ago
    • Yikes! So much mom death! I know it’s all BS though, cuz i’ve done a couple of those things once or twice before and my mom hasn’t died. Plus, doesn’t EVERYONE end up dying? LOL :)

      5 years ago
    • “Dont sing in the kitchen You’ll get an old man for a husband” => Well that sure works out differently if you’re a Disney Princess! ;)

      6 years ago
    • Haha, does Malaysia have something against mothers? lol

      6 years ago
    • The itching right/left hand and the eyelash falling works here in Brazil too xD

      6 years ago
    • POOR MOMS!!!!! what did they do to get this!!! lol

      6 years ago
    • Lol I eat chicken neck all the time!!!! I’m gonna pay extra attention on my wedding day now LOL. :)

      6 years ago
    • LOL, I sing in the kitchen, and my Fiancé is 9 years older than I am :3

      6 years ago
    • To add to this, somewhat similar but not, what I heard was:

      1. If you open your umbrella in the house, you’re inviting a snake to come in.

      2. If you have food/food residue when you go to sleep, you’ll dream of being chased by a tiger.

      It happened to me a number of times, though for me it’s not a tiger so much as I’m being chased by something that I can’t see in this jungle like place – think Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Otherside mv – loves that song btw, except the jungle are much denser and the trees has less branches. I’m running the whole time in the dream and when I woke up, I feel exhausted)

      3. If your eyelash falls, that means someone is missing you.

      4. If you don’t finish your food, it will cry at night.
      This one was told by my grandmama, a very effective way of making me finish my food to every last bit of rice. Not so much that it’s scary as it got me teary thinking of the little bits of rice in dustbin at night all lonely with only their thin keening crying voice to be heard. The thought of leaving leftover food and throwing them away when I’ve taken them onto my plate still feels very wrong to me to this day.

      5. Don’t swing your legs if you’re sitting or you’ll marry an old man.

      Some others I know of is similar to Chinese superstitions.

      1. If you bite your tongue it means someone is talking bad about you.

      2. If your left eye twitch continuously, it foreshadows something bad. If it’s the right eye, then something good.

      6 years ago
      • Thank you. In Cambodia there is the same superstition, I always forget which eye twitching is good and which side is bad

        6 years ago
    • the first three ones are the same for korea, except the consequences are not the same!

      6 years ago
    • don’t clip ur toe nail at night is also japanese superstition, it causes u cannot be with your parent when they died… References google and XXXHolic lol… but really XXXhollic is the best manga about superstition ^-^b

      6 years ago
    • My mom is Filipino and she’s always on me about nail clipping at night! Being a smartass, I would reply “What about people in Alaska? Do they just not clip their nails for a whole month during the winter?” Based on the rules of superstition logic, she was unmoved… Other Filipino superstitions (among the many I can’t remember): If you drop a fork, you’re going to have company. Also, if you clip a lock of your babies first hair and stick it in a book, they’ll grow up to be smart…

      6 years ago
      • My mom used to say: if you drop a fork, a woman will visit, if you drop a knife it will be a man and if it’s a spoon, then it’s a child; if you drop all three, you get a whole family!”

        6 years ago
      • I’m Filipino too and my parents ALSO nag me about nail clipping at night!! == My parents have also told me about dropping your fork, but my parents say that if you drop your fork there will be a male visitor and if you drop your spoon there will be a female xD

        6 years ago
      • In my culture, if you have a fire going (like with wood and stuff like that) and you start hearing popping sounds from the fire you’re going to be having company. Though, I must say that this happened to us once and no one came to viisit.

        6 years ago
    • Most of are similar to my country. Btw i am from Bangladesh. Well i was born there.

      6 years ago
    • wow… i’ll marry a really old person then… i sing so much in the kitchen while cooking, its ridiculous…

      6 years ago
      • i sing and dance in the kitchen (what happens if you dance in the kitchen? a bear is going to kill you?) really often. I gonna marry an old man woohoo LOL.

        6 years ago
    • Don’t sing in the kitchen…I grew up with something similar from my British mother, except it was don’t sing at the dinner table or you’ll marry a crazy person. XD

      6 years ago
    • Lol!!!

      6 years ago
    • 6 of 10 superstitions that you cited have also here in Brazil. I don’t believe these and any other superstition. Good for me ….. or not? hahhhaha ^ _ ^

      6 years ago
    • so much mom death :(

      6 years ago
      • Ikr. Until today I’ve never done any of them even though I know its just bullshit. I just love my mom so much :D

        6 years ago
  36. From Norway here :D….we also say “prosit”, and even I have heard people say that you shouldn’t say thank you, when somebody says good luck.

    6 years ago
  37. Latvians have a ton of traditional superstitions. Don’t say goodbye while standing in doors, you may never meet again. Don’t wipe the table with your bare hand. Don’t sit at the corner of a table, because then you won’t marry for seven years. Don’t put your bag directly on the ground. If you hear a cuckoo and don’t have any money on you, you will be poor. Don’t leave a book open or devil will read it (this used to terrify me as a kid). Don’t whistle in house and sing at the table (no idea about those). And so on. Probably a lot of them are international ones.

    Oh, but the one I love is: never give a person an even number of flowers. Since even numbers are associated with death, you can only bring an even number of flowers to a funeral. Giving someone an even number of flowers implies you want them dead. So if you buy a dozen roses, take one out.

    6 years ago
    • we have the same superstition about the flowers in georgia.
      it might be the only superstition that I believe

      6 years ago
    • about the even number of flowers we have it in Romania as well but I saw in k dramas that the guy gives the girl a lot of the times 2 flowers wrapped individually
      at first i was really shocked but than I learned that they don’t care about such superstitions so…. I’m not sure how to feel about it know

      6 years ago
    • So I’m really curious now – do Latvians have all round tables?

      6 years ago
    • Oh! In Poland it’s quite similar with the flowers! But here we either give uneven number or a multiple of 3. So you CAN give a dozen because it’s 4×3.

      6 years ago
    • we have the same ones in Lithuania (neighbor countries are ought to have some things in common ;3) except for the one with the book and the devil. I’ve never heard of that one. and as for the flowers, this works only until 5. 2, 4=given to dead people. 6,8,10, etc= dead Or living. it no longer matters. ^w^

      6 years ago
  38. Hi!!! About High heelscut be. Here in Perú, when you dream with a pair of new shiny shoes you goint to get a new lover!!! O_o
    In Perú and Spain and all latinamerican countries think the rain in your weading it’s a very lucky weading!!! awww!!!

    6 years ago
  39. in my country if you say smth together at the same time you have to knock something wooden three times and say “my luck” .

    6 years ago
  40. Baka is shut up in Kansai dialect. In Tokyo dialect it means fool.

    6 years ago
    • Baka isn’t shut up in the Kansai dialect. It’s just a harsher way to say “idiot” (as opposed to “aho” which is more friendly). On the other hand, in Tokyo, baka is more friendly, and aho is harsher. Where did you get that baka means hut up?

      6 years ago