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Good Luck And Bad Luck Signs



Black Cats


herculesSuperstitions centering around the black cat are some of the most well-known and popular superstitions today.

It is interesting, though, because the good or bad luck they possess is dependent on where you live in the world.

In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path, is considered good luck, whereas if you live in the USA or several European countries, it is bad luck to have a black cat walk by.

Good luck associated with black cats include:

  • Possessing a black cat.
  • Having a black cat greet you at a door.
  • Having a black cat enter your home.
  • Meeting three black cats in succession.
  • Touching a black cat.

Bad luck associated with black cats include:

  • Meeting a black cat early in the morning.
  • Having a black cat turn its back on you.
  • Scaring or driving away a black cat from your property.
  • Walking under a ladder after a black cat has walked underneath it.


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Horseshoes have associations with the strength and dependability of the horse, and, in an upright position, it is also symbolic of the moon. Pointing downwards, it is symbolic of the womb. To the Greeks, it symbolized the crescent moon which was regarded as a symbol of fertility.

The Horseshoe protects one's house and land, to keep strangers away, when hung up on the wall of a home or above a doorway. The "U" shape will hold good luck inside forever. This tradition may stem from the 10th century Saint Dunstan. He trapped the devil using a Horseshoe and from that point on the devil would never enter a Christian home adorned with a Horseshoe over the door.

Some legends say, that a Horseshoe "'Pointing Up" will gather your Luck, whereas "Pointing Down" it will shower you with Luck.


Ladders


Walking under a ladder has been considered bad luck for hundreds of years.; Logically, we all know how wobbly they are. But that's not the reason. Ladders have been considered the spiritual ascent to heaven.

So the rule was Do Not Disturb the spirits who were using them! If a ladder is leaning up against a wall that forms a triangle. And in the old days a triangle symbolized Life. So... if you walked under a ladder leaning against a wall you were breaking the symbol of life.

When tested recently in Britain, it was discovered that 70% of people still today refuse to walk under a ladder if there's another option. But, if you really must walk under a ladder then here are the rules: Cross your fingers Spit over your left shoulder (never the right) or...keep silent until you see your first 4-legged animal. This offsets any evil or danger.



Magpies


Magpies are generally thought to be unlucky.This belief is said to come from the Bible, as the magpie was the only bird that refused to enter Noah's Ark. In China,however,the magpie is a good omen, and should never be killed.

Mirrors

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Breaking a mirror can even make a skeptic shudder for a brief moment! The superstition is an old one and has managed to keep its strength over the years.

In fact, many superstitions exist for mirrors but the particular beliefs centering around broken mirrors are the most common today.

  • To see your reflection in a mirror is to see your own soul, which is why a vampire, who are without a soul, have no reflection.
  • If a couple first catch sight of each other in a mirror, they will have a happy marriage.
  • If a mirror falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will soon die.
  • Any mirrors in a room where someone has recently died, must be covered so that the dead person's soul does not get trapped behind the glass. Superstition has it that the Devil invented mirrors for this very purpose.
  • It is bad luck to see your face in a mirror when sitting by candlelight.
  • Before mirrors, in ancient societies, if you caught sight of your reflection or dreamt of it, you would soon die.
  • Someone seeing their reflection in a room where someone has recently died, will soon die themselves.
  • Babies should not look into a mirror for the first year of their lives.
  • Actors believe that it is bad luck to see their reflection while looking over the shoulder of another person.
  • To see an image of her future husband, a woman is told to eat an apple while sitting in front of a mirror and then brush her hair. An image of the man will appear behind her shoulder.

Friday the 13th

If you're not scared of Friday the 13th, you should be scared of the word used to describe those who are: friggatriskaidekaphobics. (An alternative, though just as tongue-twisty, word for the fear is "paraskevidekatriaphobia.")

For a superstition, the fear of Friday the 13th seems fairly new, dating back to the late 1800s. Friday has long been considered an unlucky day (according to Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday), and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina, about 17 million people fear Friday the 13th. Many may fall prey to the human mind's desire to associate thoughts and symbols with events.

"If anything bad happens to you on Friday the 13th, the two will be forever associated in your mind," said Thomas Gilovich, a psychologist at Cornell University. "All those uneventful days in which the 13th fell on a Friday will be ignored."



Prediction That Were Wrong



  • "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" -- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.


  • "$100 million dollars is way too much to pay for Microsoft." -- IBM, 1982
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  • Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905.


  • "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." -- Western Union internal memo, 1876.


  • "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." -- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943


  • "640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981


  • “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”-- H.M Warner,Co- Founder of Warner Brothers, 1927, on talking motion picture
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  • Good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men. --British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison's light bulb, 1878.


  • The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.-- The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.


  • Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.-- Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1895.


  • But what... is it good for?-- IBM executive Robert Lloyd, speaking in 1968 microprocessor, the heart of today's computers.
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  • A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere.-- New York Times, 1936.


  • The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage." -– Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director, and studio founder, 1916.


  • The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.-- Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878.


  • Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.-- Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.


  • Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.-- Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859), professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, University College London.


  • Very interesting Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.-- Cambridge Aeronautics Professor, when shown Frank Whittle's plan for the jet engine.


  • Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.-- Popular Mechanics, March 1949.
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End Of The World (Failed) Predictions


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    • Mayan Calendar 2012
    • The Mayans have a "long-count" calendar that covers 1,000's of years. It ends on 21 December, 2012. Of the 2012 predictions this is the one that has received most attention. So, are the Mayan's concerned about this? Do they think this means the end of the world in 2012? Mayan archaeologist Jose Huchm said, "If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn't have any idea. That the world is going to end? They wouldn't believe you. We have real concerns these days, like rain." [quoted from "What is the galactic alignment" by John Major Jenkins] The Mayan's themselves don't believe the 2012 end of the world predictions which have been based on their calendar and they do not claim that the Mayan long count calendar has any prophecy about the end of the world in 2012.

    • Nostradamus
    • The 2012 predictions would not be complete without Nostradamus. Nostradamus was a French man some believe to be a prophet. Some believe that his predictions included the September 11 attacks on the twin towers that his writings also contained 2012 predictions about the end of the world.But All of the "predictions" were made up by people recently with books to sell. They don't actually exist. For the most part, people will just claim "Nostradamus predicted it" and not go so far as to provide an actual verse. So far, I've seen only one website that actually provided one, and that one began "in the year 1999 in the seventh month" and then they went to great lengths to try to explain how Nostradamus didn't really mean the seventh month of 1999 when he wrote that, but December of 2012.

    • Planet X 2012 (Nibiru)
    • Included among 2012 predictions is the belief that there is a 12th planet in our solar system whose orbital path comes close to earth every 30 million or so years. If it doesn't hit us they say, the gravitational pull of this planet will cause massive destruction on earth that we will not recover from. They say that because of this, 2012 will be the end of the world.

    • Armageddon 2012
    • Armageddon is the prediction of an ultimate war between good and evil that the Bible speaks of. It is a war that God himself will step in and end. Even those who do not believe in the Bible believe that the way the world is going, we are headed for a final conflict that will bring an end to most of not all civilization. Will the world end in 2012 because of this?

    • Apocalypse 2012
    • Apocalypse is different to Armageddon. It is the English version of the Greek word apokalupsis. Apokalupsis is translated as "revelation" in the book of Revelation in the Bible. It means "lifting of the veil". However, the word Apocalypse has historically taken on the meaning of "the terrible judgements foretold to happen at the end of Man's rule on Earth" which are described in that book. Thus, "The Apocalypse" is another term for the book of Revelation, as well as the series of events described in the book of Revelation. Apocalypse is also a technical term for a certain type of biblical prophecy. An apocalyptic passage in the Bible is viewed as a prophecy describing events that will surely come to pass, and thus cannot be affected by the choices made by men. One of those events is the battle of Armageddon.

    • Galactic Alignment
    • It is claimed that on December 21, 2012 there will be some form of mystical astronomical alignment with the center of our galaxy. One version of this theory says that the alignment occurs when the sun rises above the horizon on December 21st 2012 (the winter solstice) at which point the sun will rise in the middle of the milky way, thus causing an alignment between the earth sun and the galactic center.

    • World War III

    • Nostradamus' prediction on WW3: "In the year of the new century and nine months, From the sky will come a great King of Terror... The sky will burn at forty-five degrees. Fire approaches the great new city..." "In the city of york there will be a great collapse, 2 twin brothers torn apart by chaos while the fortress falls the great leader will succumb third big war will begin when the big city is burning" - NOSTRADAMUS
      He said this will be bigger than the previous two. 2001 is the first year of the new century and this is the 9th month. New York is located at the 41st degree Latitude. Once again, a very few words actually written by Nostradamus — individual lines drawn from two disparate quatrains, in fact — have been taken out of context, rearranged, and supplemented with made-up lines by person(s) unknown to make them seem pertinent to the event. The result, as before, is pure bunk. Not even Nostradamus would want to take credit for this "prediction."




    • Pill Foods

    • As seen on “The Jestsons” and published in a New York Times Magazine interview with author Michael Pollan, a prevailing idea in 1960′s future prediction circles was that of the pill-food. Essentially, all of the body’s nutrients and none of its toxins would be packed into a pill that could be taken in place of an actual meal. A quote from the article claims that, “…all signs pointed to a single outcome: the meal in a pill, washed down, perhaps, with next-generation Tang.” Wouldn’t this make thanksgiving dinner quite boring for the families of the future? Perhaps, thankfully, the pill food was never invented on any large scale, and the closest we have ever come to such a technology is the supplement pill. Currently, there are many meal replacement bars in the marketplace, but these are not typically nutritious and you have to eat them – they usually taste like rotten candy bars.

    • Skin Color Changing

    • In a 1972 film documentary entitled “Future Shock”, it was predicted that as we discovered more about our own genetic make-up, we could opt to change our skin color to any pigment we desired. The segment featured a genetic engineer speaking on the feasibility of the process, describing it as altering certain genetic code in order to get the job done. The film then showed people walking around with cyan blue and purple skin questioning how far people will take the luxury of skin-color modification, and if a new definition of beauty would emerge because of it. Today, there is no consumer available way to alter your skin color, and most home cooked methods have yielded disastrous outcomes. The technology is still being researched however, the most bleeding-edge findings coming from Harvard University studies.

    • Time Travel

    • Time travel is yet another great human fantasy that has never come to fruition. Commercial time travel was no doubt predicted many times over in a variety of media, however our spotlight prediction comes straight from the pages of a 1982 book entitled Fact or Fantasy: World of Tomorrow. The book predicts that “time tourists” could enter the time machine, which would then somehow show them the events of a chosen era without allowing them to actually get out and live in it. The book is careful to point out that actually walking around through the past might give people the power to alter the events of the future. Science has not yet devised a way to make this possible, and from what we can currently surmise, the past is gone and cannot be revisited. Traveling to the future, however, is a different story altogether.


Palmistry

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Palmistry is the art of telling the future from the lines on the palms of your hands.The lines are unique to each person and are said to show the person's character and what will happen in the future.Palmistry began in India Thousands of years ago as form of counselling