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Superstitions are common: Do you believe in any?

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Kaylah Bozkurtian, Garden City

Do you have a weird superstition? A superstition is an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear.

One of our superstitions is to never step on the line connecting two tiles or to step in the same place or footstep as a person who you don’t like. Our teacher, Mrs. Karen Nardone, has a superstition that if a black cat passes by her, it is a sign that something bad is going to happen. To avoid bad luck, she convinces herself the cat was brown.

Superstitions are things we believe in even though common sense tells us otherwise. Do you believe in any superstitions? Here are some others:

n If you walk under a ladder, you will have seven years of bad luck.

n If you open an umbrella inside, something bad is going to happen.

n If you leave an acorn near a window, it will keep lightning out.

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

When you first hear a superstition, you will probably think it is crazy, but after a while of thinking, your opinion will most likely change. Some people believe in superstitions even though they don’t want to admit it.

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