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Superstitions

I am not superstitious, are you? 

Yesterday was Friday the thirteenth. 

Some people think that Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day. 

I think that it is just like any other day. 

Some people believe that if a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck. 

I don't believe that either. 

mother always gets upset if I open an umbrella in the house. 

She says that it is bad luck. 

She is probably right about that one because an open umbrella would take up a lot of

space, and you might knock things over. 

If your left hand is itchy, you are supposed to get money. 

I have had an itchy left hand before, but I haven't received any money because of it. 

It is bad luck to walk under a ladder. 

This is probably true because you might knock somebody off the ladder, or have a can of paint fall on top of you. 

If you are acting in a play, it is bad luck if someone says “good luck” to you. 

This is very confusing. 

You are supposed to tell an actor to “break a leg.” 

It doesn't mean that you want the actor to break his leg. 

It means good luck to the actor. 

Actors have a lot of superstitions that are very unusual. 

I am not superstitious. 

I don't believe in superstitions at all. 

It is just fun to learn about superstitions. 

Some of them are very old and have been passed down from generation to generation. 

I once did a project at school on superstitions. 

It was a very interesting topic, and I got a good mark for it.