Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives Tales and Superstitions in Our Daily Lives

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John Blake, Apr 1, 2007 - Humor - 306 pages
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An intriguing look at the origins of some of our most popular superstitions and old wives tales. We've all touched wood to ward off misfortune, or seen a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often do we stop to consider where such customs originate, or why they endure? Behind many of our daily rituals and beliefs lies a fascinating history of weird and wonderful notions, some rational, others fanciful. In this diverting volume, Harry Oliver delves into the stories behind our rich traditions to explain them with characteristic wit and flair. So before you search for any more four-leaf clovers or worry about the next Friday the 13th, dip into this little book to find out why.

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Contents

Outdoor Dangers
11
Actions and Gestures
23
Around the Home
33
Copyright

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Harry Oliver is the author of "Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives' Tales and Superstitions in Our Daily Lives" and "March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles: Origins of the Words and Phrases We Use Every Day,

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