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For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 1
My Reserch Paper is about The Superstitious Beliefs of the students in my school... But since, I am having a hard time convincing people to take my survey's, I might as well post it here for extra "Respondents" for my tabulation...

-Part 1-

Are you Superstitious?
-Answer should be: Yes, No, or Sometimes...
Gender?
-ANswer should be: Male or Female...
Age?
-Answer should be your age...

-Part 2-___________________________________________________________
Which of the Superstitions below, do you believe to be true?

1. A bird in the house is a sign of a death

2. A loaf of bread should never be turned upside down after a slice has been cut from it.

3. Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

4. If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year.

5. An acorn at the window will keep lightning out

6. A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.

7. It?s bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.

8. A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away.

9. If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.

10. Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
11. A rabbit's foot brings good luck
12. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
13. To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
14. If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
15. If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
16. To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
17. To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck

18. Step on a crack, break your mother's back
19. You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
20. Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
21. Our fate is written in the stars
22. At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
23. Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
24. Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
25. If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
26. To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
27. An itchy palm means money will come your way
28. A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck
29. A cat has nine lives
30. Eating fish makes you smart
31. Toads cause warts
32. A cricket in the house brings good luck
33. Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
34. It is bad luck to sing at the table
35. It is bad luck to sleep on a table
36. After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
37. A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck
38. A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
39. To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
40. Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
41. Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
42. For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
43. If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
44. When a dog howls, death is near
45. It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
46. A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
47. To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
48. To cure a sty, rub it with a gold wedding band
49. Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve
50. A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
51. To drop a fork means a woman will visit
52. To drop a knife means a man will visit
53. To drop a spoon means a child will visit
54. To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
55. If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
56. To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
57. The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
58. Washing a car will bring rain
59. You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck
60. Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
61. A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
62. Warm hands, cold heart
63. Cold hands, warm heart
64. It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
65. To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
66. Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
67. Smell dandelions, wet the bed
68. To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck
69. A forked branch, held with a fork in each hand, will dip and point when it passes over water

-Part 3- (Last Part)
What are your favorite Superstitions??
- The Answer could be: The Superstitions that are not given above...

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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 2
No, I'm not superstitious
I'm a girl
and I'm nineteen

I believe in the four leaf clover, penny, and a spirit cannot harm you inside the circle theories.

My favorite is a black cats bring bad luck because I used to own one.
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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 3
Part 1
I'm half superstitious~ But you can write it 'Yes'.
I'm Male.
I'm 16 this year~

Part 2
Which I believe is true~

6. A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.

10. Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day

11. A rabbit's foot brings good luck

13. To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck

14. If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

16. To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck [This happen to me~]

28. A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck

29. A cat has nine lives

44. When a dog howls, death is near

45. It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom [I always did this to my friends~ :P]

58. Washing a car will bring rain [This always happen to my dad~]

Part 3
Cross road is the best and powerful place to do magic~
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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 4
No one will take your survey because it's too long! People who are superstitious retain superstitions from their families, whatever that culture may be. Someone of irish ancestory will pick out most irish superstitions for example.

Now in relation to some of those, like garlic and harmful spirits...magick is not a superstition. A superstition is defined as irrational belief (dictionary.com) Applying objects and ingredients for luck, protection, etc is a form of magick. A circle of protection is a magick circle, know all over the world as powerful tool and symbol. Dowsing is apart of Native American ways.

I find Friday the 13th a great day! Friday is the day of Venus. My daughter can even tell you that one. And 13...well there are many stories and legends about it, but most witches like the number.

Smell dandelions wet the bed, seems less of a superstition than saying to aid memory. "beer before liquor never sicker, liquor before beer never fear" or "red on black, venom lack, red and yellow and you're a dead fellow" pertaining to snakes. Dandelion is a diuretic and also has the nickname "pee in bed"

You're forked branch is called dowsing. There is also a rendition using rods that cross over too.

You should do some more research before writing that paper.

I can also say it is a "superstition" that eating paper wafers and drinking cheap wine is taking in the body and blood of a half man half god, but I'll be insulting Christians who see this as their "faith". I would tred lightly with that list. I hope your teacher doesn't take offense to any of those things. You need to be sure that your list is all true superstition and not religious belief and practices.
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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 5
I don't believe Friday The 13th is a bad day. One time I went to the movies on that day and started stepping on as many cracks as I could find just to be funny.
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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 6
I agree with you Whiterav3n, but I also disagree with you at the same time. I grew up hearing the saying, find a penny pick it up and all day you'll have good luck from my Mom and I don't think she really believed in it, it was just a fun thing to say and I'm pretty sure I learned the four leaf clover thing at school. People learn things from home but they also take that knowledge to school with them and share it with other people. My Mom never told me a four leaf clover meant good luck but, I did as a small child learn that if you blew a dandilion out with one breath and wished for something that it would come true. I also learned that if you wished on a white horse it would come true. We learn things everywhere, not just from our parents but from our school, aunts, uncles cousins, everywhere we go we learn something whether we know it or not.
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Re: For my Research Paper
By: / Beginner
Post # 7
WhiteRav3n.... There is truth, to every word you have said... And I respect your opinion about my Research Paper.. One does really need to look at what one makes, as a research paper... And this I believed, to the extent of what I have already done, and what I am about to do, is extending a little more of the knowledge I know about my said topic, and the opinions of other people about it..

This, that I would be receiving, would all be taken into consideration into my Final Term Paper, due after 2 more years... And earlier now, I will thank you all for the help!! And to the others, reading this message now... "I would be waiting for some of your answers to this survey" especially your opinions about it.. That would all be counted for...

I made a mistake of making this research paper a bit long... Because I havent really thought about the differences between what makes a superstition, a superstition... From the superstitions that are known to many, which is the part I am currently doing now... And, I am only taking the percentage of the: Gender, Age, and the percentage of the people who would be stating in here that they are agreeing for a certain Superstition as one of the Superstitions they believed in the most....

But over all... Thank You, for the advice...
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Re: For my Research Paper
By:
Post # 8
-Part 1-

Are you Superstitious?
Yes
Gender?
Female
Age?
27

-Part 2-___________________________________________________________
Which of the Superstitions below, do you believe to be true?

1. no

2.no

3. no

4. no

5. no

6. no

7. no

8. no

9. no

10. no
11. no
12. no
13. yes
14. no
15. yes
16. no
17. no

18. no
19. no
20. no
21. yes
22. no
23. yes
24. yes
25. no
26. no
27. yes
28. yes
29. no
30. yes
31. no
32. yes
33. no
34. no
35. no
36. no
37. no
38. no
39. no
40. yes
41. no
42. no
43. yes
44. no
45. no
46. no
47. yes
48. no
49. no
50. no
51. no
52. no
53. no
54. no
55. no
56. no
57. no
58. yes
59. no
60. no
61. yes
62. yes
63. yes
64. yes
65. yes
66. yes
67. no
68. yes
69. yes

-Part 3- (Last Part)
itchy right hand = money comeing in today
itchy left hand = you're not getting the money you expect today
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