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FC: Scarlett Sims A2 | Superstitions
1: When most people think of superstitions, they think of black cats, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders, when there is much more to it than that. Superstitions is a complex subject and can be difficult to study about due to the various interpretations. Also, these mysterious wives tales have been passed down by word of mouth, so they change quite often. Really there is more to superstitions than the average tales told to small children. Studies have been conducted on these myths to explore the possibility they had some truth. Also, the majority of the superstitions told have developed from a story or events that have taken place in history. Every day, people are told things that are unknowingly just a myth and research has proved them otherwise. People are slowly revealing the secrets and tales wrapped up in superstitions.
2: Being superstitious does not make one naive since studies have show some superstitions to be true, good luck superstitions have background evidence, and medical wivestales have led to research on injuries and disease.
3: Being superstitious can help me boost my confidence in my own abilities and possibly raise my scores? SAY WHAT?!
4: Studies have been conducted on various subjects. Many have been sparked by superstitions and common theories.
5: Ever heard the phrase "I'll cross my fingers for you?" As it turns out, wishing someone good luck will increase their ability to succeed.
6: Next time you're about to take a test, bring along that good luck charm. Surprisingly, having a lucky charm increases the chances of having a high score, or scoring more than normal.
7: Ever wonder why gamblers blow on their dice for good luck, people say "knock on wood," or we have birthday cakes? Superstitions, that's why.
8: Superstitions didn't just appear out of thin air, they have history. Each has an individual story that has evolved into modern day superstitions that we use everyday, maybe without even knowing it.
9: People say "knock on wood because woodland fairies were thought to protect you from evil spirits.
10: As many people know, men working with tools like axes an shovels may sometimes spit on them.It gives them a better grip, which it turn, makes the work a little easier. Well, gamblers are known to blow on their dice before rolling them. Gamblers wanted an easier way to win, so they began to blow on their dice for good luck.
11: Birthday cakes aren't just a sweet treat to celebrate another year, they were developed by the Greeks. Greeks believed that the cake brought goodluck to the person, bring fertility, and drive away evil.
12: Your parents warn you, but do they really know the whole truth? Theres more to common wives tales than you know.
13: "Back up from the TV, it'll hurt your eyesight!" This is said by many parents, when in fact, sitting close to the TV can cause no damage to the eyes.
14: Don't swallow that gum! It wont digest for four whole years! | This is actually a common misconception, gum still passes through the digestive track.
15: I can't believe we only use ten percent of our brains! As unbelievable as it sounds, it is. Scans show that over a day we use 100% of our brain.
16: There is more to these simple sayings and phrases than meets the eye. Some have been proven by science, some disproven by the same methods, and many have such great history that not many know about. Wivestales are often put aside as nothing, but really they surround our lives more than we expect. Things we have heard since we could walk and talk are in fact superstitious sayings that have been adopted into our culture. Superstitions are like seeds that have rooted themselves into society and will stay strongly implanted for generations to come.
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