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Looking Back: Blackcat
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 12 September 1997
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Have you ever wondered how many of your friends are superstitious?

I have often thought of several superstitions that I have heard folks harbor in their minds and they couldn't be more sincere about their reality.

These are just a few things we hear about when it comes to superstitions that supposedly represent bad luck:

Friday the 13th, or just the number 13.

Never walk under a ladder.

If you drop a salt shaker toss a little salt over your left shoulder.

Break a mirror - seven years of bad luck will come your way.

Sing before breakfast -cry before supper.

Itchy left hand - you're going to get money

Itchy right hand, you're going to meet someone new.

Ears burning - someone is talking about you.

Never open an umbrella indoors.

Itchy nose- going kiss a fool.

The list goes on and on but I learned at a young age that these superstitions are just myths and I sight this story as an example.

I was a boy of about 10 years when I was delivering newspapers. As I neared the home of one of my customers, a Black Cat crossed my path!

Well, what was I going do to deliver the paper to a customer who lived just over the line where that darn cat had crossed in front of me.

I stood, like a fool, for about five minutes thinking of how I could get that paper delivered without having to cross what I thought to be a fatal path.

Finally I took the bull by the horns and made up my mind that whatever might happen to me would happen anyway and so I crossed the line and delivered the paper.

I couldn't have been more than 100 feet down the street from where I had dropped off the paper when, what did I see on the ground but a Five Dollar bill!

From that day on I lost all belief in superstitions!

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Looking Back: Blackcat