SUPERSTITIONS

Continuing with Halloween week, we have this fun little quiz on superstitions.
How superstitious are you?

QUESTIONS

1. If you spill salt you should it throw it over which shoulder? Bonus point for why this is so.

2. How many years of bad luck will you get if you break a mirror?

3. Having what creature enter your house by accident was said to portend a death in the family?
a. Mouse
b. Pig
c. Three legged dog
d. Bird

 4. Walking under a ladder is considered bad luck, but what did a ladder symbolise in mediaeval times to make this a superstition?

5. According to Greek and German mythology, toasting the health of someone with what liquid is said to bring ill health, bad luck and possibly death on the person?

6. TRUE or FALSE – Chicken soup can serve as a medicine when you are ill?

7. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of what so called unlucky day?

8. If witches are a problem in your neighbourhood, which aromatic herb should you plant near your front door to drive them away according to old English folklore?
a. Rosemary
b. Thyme
c. Curry Plant
d. Basil

9. What would be sewn into a husband’s pillow to ensure fidelity according to superstition?
a. A pigs tail
b. A swan feather
c. The placenta of their first born child
d. A hair from their grandmother’s head

10. If a woman craves salty foods during pregnancy, what sex of child is she suspected of having?

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ANSWERS

1. If you spill salt you should it throw it over which shoulder? Bonus point for why this is so.
LEFT SHOULDER * Bonus point – Because you blind the devil who sits on your left shoulder behind you


2. How many years of bad luck will you get if you break a mirror?
SEVEN YEARS

3. Having what creature enter your house by accident was said to portend a death in the family?
a. Mouse
b. Pig
c. Three legged dog
d. Bird

d. BIRD

4. Walking under a ladder is considered bad luck, but what did a ladder symbolise in mediaeval times to make this a superstition?
GALLOWS

5. According to Greek and German mythology, toasting the health of someone with what liquid is said to bring ill health, bad luck and possibly death on the person?
WATER

6. TRUE or FALSE – Chicken soup can serve as a medicine when you are ill?
TRUE – It can lower white blood cell activity and reduce inflammation

7. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of what so called unlucky day?
FRIDAY 13th (From the Greek – paraskevi=Friday, Dekatria=13)

8. If witches are a problem in your neighbourhood, which aromatic herb should you plant near your front door to drive them away according to old English folklore?
a. Rosemary
b. Thyme
c. Curry Plant
d. Basil

a. ROSEMARY

9. What would be sewn into a husband’s pillow to ensure fidelity according to superstition?
a. A pigs tail
b. A swan feather
c. The placenta of their first born child
d. A hair from their grandmother’s head

b. A SWAN FEATHER

10. If a woman craves salty foods during pregnancy, what sex of child is she suspected of having?
A BOY