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  • 1. It is considered unlucky to see a black catcrossing the road, probably because theblack cat was supposed to be a witch indisguise, or some kind of spy or her helper. Itmay therefore have been imagined to possessthe same magical ability to cause harm.
  • 2. It is widely believed that if you see achimney-sweeper, you have to grab a button until you see a man in glasses, then make awish, and you will have good luck.
  • 3. If you are in interesting place, the legendsays that if you throw a coin over your leftshoulder, you will return to this place. Coinsare thrown into fountains in many differentplaces and people then make a wish.
  • 4. The Polish good luck horseshoe is alwaysnailed over a doorway open side down, sogood fortune may flow down upon those whopass through whereas Brits see thingsdifferently and attach the horseshoe openend up so their luck “doesn’t run out.”
  • 5. Polish people think that walking under aladder leads to misery, probably becausepeople used to use ladders to help a personwho wanted to die. They hung themselves onit. People avoid walking under a ladderbecause it is a prediction of death.
  • 6. A long time ago people believed that thehuman soul lives in mirror.  When the mirrorwas destroyed, the soul could not return tothe body. Now people believe that breakingthe mirror will result in seven years of badluck.
  • 7. 7:  Superstition of number 7 is very popular inPoland, but not unreasonably. In numerologynumber 7 is the number of power and perfection. 10:  If you happen to forget something whenleaving home and you have to go back to get it,you have to sit down for a moment and count toten. 13:  Polish people are very superstitious aboutthe number 13, especially Friday the 13th, whichis believed to bring bad luck.  This originatesfrom the fact that Judas was the thirteenthapostle in the Last Supper.
  • 8. When a woman is pregnant she should notaccept being a godmother for another child.
  • 9. If someone throws salt in your eye thatperson wants to protect you frommisfortune, which are caused of spilt saltand that means the end of God’s care andthe end of meeting your family and friends.If you spill salt you have to throw it over yourleft shoulder three times.
  • 10. There is of course the superstition aboutstorks bringing babies. If a stork builds a nestin a household it is believed to bring itsowner good luck and prosperity. Storks arealso believed to protect a house fromthunder strikes.