In Asia, the digit 4 never appears in any Nokia handset model number, because 4 is considered unlucky in many parts of Southeast/East Asia.
Pirates believed that piercing the ears with such precious metals as silver and gold improved one's eyesight.
It's bad luck to leave a house through a different door than the one used to come into it.
If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.
According to an age old custom, carrying a dead shrew in your pocket wards off rheumatism!
In some parts of England, rum is used to wash a baby's head for good luck.
A single magpie is considered a sign of bad luck. A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar recites an old proverb concerning the incidence of bad weather when magpies forage alone and a possible scientific explanation for this.
Many believe that if all of the candles on a birthday cake are blown out with one breath, while making a silent wish, the wish will come true.