|"At the Cafe La Mie" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891|
Salt: Spilling salt is bad luck. (Perhaps this began in the days of yore when salt was a very
|"Salt Shaker" photo by Garitzco via Wikimedia Commons|
Bread: The devil shows up here as well. This time he sits on top of your unbaked bread as you put it in the oven preventing it from rising properly. The solution? Cut a cross into the top before baking and that pesky kitchen-dwelling demon has nowhere to sit. Hot Cross Buns, anyone?
|"Carton of Eggs" photo by By Gisela Francisco via Wikimedia Commons|
Rice: Another symbol of fertility and the reason for tossing it at the happy newlyweds as they leave the wedding celebration. Better than throwing eggs at them.
Noodles: In China, long noodles represent a long life so cutting them cuts your life short. Remember when you were a kid and got those hard looks from your mother when you delighted in sucking up your spaghetti noodle in one long, uninterrupted slurp? Well, little did you know you were preventing premature death! Now, that's using your noodle.
|"Pouring Tea" by William Worcester Churchill (1858-1926)|
Tea: It's bad luck to have more than one person pour tea from the pot. Perhaps that's the origin of the quaint British custom of asking "Shall I be Mother?" when offering to serve the tea.
Coffee: If you find bubbles in your brew, catch them on a spoon and eat them so you will come into money. (How do you eat a bubble?)
|"Black-eye Peas and Collard Greens" photo by Leslie Seaton|
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Apples: Cut open an apple and count the seeds. That's how many children you'll have!
Onions: To keep evil spirits out of your house, stick pins into a small onion and set it on your windowsill.
Pie: Bake a pie made with Muscadine grapes on the day of the full Harvest Moon in
|"Kate's Good Luck Muscadine Pie" photo by KL Wood|
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