They are ‘man’s best friend’ and have been thought so for thousands of years, but did you know that there are several superstitions around dogs? Here are some of these superstitions:
Howling near the front door – many dogs bark when they hear the doorbell or a knock at the door, but has your dog ever just approached the door and proceeded to howl for no reason? Howling near a door is considered an ill sign, foretelling a major calamity, possibly even death.
Howling at the moon – it’s not just wolves that howl at the moon. Dogs howl at the moon as well, but you don’t really want them to. When a dog howls at the moon it means death is near for someone close.
Dog whining during childbirth – most people give birth in hospitals these days, but it’s not strange to labor some time at home. So, if you are in labor at home and your dog starts whining it means your child will become a criminal.
Dogs know whom to trust – if a dog growls and backs away from someone that person is not to be trusted.
Supernatural superpowers – it’s said that dogs can sense ghosts, and they can even sense when someone in the house is in danger.
Ever had a dog follow you home? If so, it’s a sign of good luck.
Finally, seven years bad luck to anyone who has ever deliberately killed a dog. The only exception is a veterinarian who puts dogs to sleep in order to end their suffering.
Be good to your dogs and all of our pets.
Benjamin Blake was born in July of 1985, and grew up in the small town of Eltham, New Zealand. He is the author of the poetry and prose collections, A Prayer for Late October, Southpaw Nights, and Reciting Shakespeare with the Dead. He currently lives in a cabin, somewhere in the New Zealand countryside. Find more of his writing (and photography) at www.benjaminblake.com
Through primitive light-capturing devices
More teeth than needed
Eyes cast to the ceiling
Cheekbones illuminated by morning
It pours like sullen rain
Collecting fingers and hearts
Say hello to the spiders
The reek of amateur alchemy
And freshly cut flowers
Stocking spun over French limbs
Black cats climb into carnal caves
Somewhere in Utah
A waitress is fatally stabbed
And left to bleed out on the checkered tiles
While the patrons
Just sit and stare
Skeleton Keys, there’s something nostalgic about them. Keep an eye out and you may notice that keys have become a decorative item in some homes. People have taken to hanging old iron keys in their home or leaving them out for display, but why? First off, old keys are good luck. So if you have any old keys in your home it doesn’t hurt to keep them hanging around a little longer.
Keys were once almost entirely made of iron and have been considered lucky items for a very long time. It was thought good luck to touch a key when one felt they were entering a dangerous situation because keys were thought to keep you safe. Oddly enough, I always seem to clutch onto my keys when I’ve found myself outside and felt fearful of where I was walking. Holding on to my keys added some sense of comfort. In addition to touching your keys for safety it’s thought that if you sense an evil spirit nearby that jangling your keys will make it leave. Another way keys were used to bring safety was placing a key beneath a sleeping child’s pillow as it was thought that a key there would keep them safe.
There are also bad luck superstitions associated with keys. It’s thought bad luck to drop keys. It’s thought even worse luck to accidentally break a key. If you’ve ever lost a key, well, it’s good to panic because losing keys is considered an omen of disaster, typically involving death.
Now, take a look through your old set of keys. If you find a rusted key keep it because a rusted key is a sign of good luck and typically means you will be receiving an inheritance.
Just recently I took a flight out East. I had known from checking the weather that we would be flying through a weather system. So I mentally prepared myself for the possibility of turbulence during the flight. After we reached the cruising altitude the captain got on the intercom to welcome us on board and to state that the flight attendants would be going through their drink service rather quickly as soon as he finished speaking. The pilot also added that the second half of the flight would be bumpy. As soon as the flight attendants concluded the drink service the lead attendant got on the intercom to stress that we should “REMAIN SEATED FOR THE REST OF THE FLIGHT.” As soon as she concluded, the plane was rocked from below and I grabbed my hot coffee off the tray table before it splashed and burned anyone. I drank my coffee fast, and it burned, but I was more worried about the shaking plane, the blood rushing away from my cheeks and whether or not we were going to make it.
I’m a nervous flyer. I was not always a nervous flyer. Once upon a time I was actually a flight attendant myself, but that was another life. I actually quit the flight attendant job because of superstition. The flight crew was scheduled to stay overnight in a hotel…that used to serve as a Civil War hospital. I called my supervisor right then and there and said I could not sleep in that hotel. The supervisor thought me silly and refused to change my schedule. After hearing countless stories from other flight crews I preferred to quit than to be awaken by the ghost of a soldier at the foot of my bed. It all worked out, I suppose, I finished college, got married, and well am here now. Coincidentally the tragedy of September 9, 2001 happened just two weeks after I quit the airline. It crossed my mind if there was a possibility that I could have been on any of those flights, and yes, it could have been possible. Since then, I have terribly feared flying.
I have some flight superstitions of my own, but I’m so superstitious I will not share my own. However, here are a few flying superstitions that I have come across.
It is considered bad luck to say words associated with an accident in an airport or on a plane. Words such as “crash,” “evacuation,” “forced landing,” and so on should be avoided.
There are people who believe it is good luck to either tap the exterior of the plane as they are boarding, or the interior of the plane when they arrive at their seat. Some people also believe it matters where you tap the plane, for example, some prefer tapping the right side.
This is one I have yet to see. There are people who believe that it is good luck to do a little dance when they board the plane. Humor them if you see them.
This one really varies. There are some people who believe they must count objects on the plane for good luck, for example rows or people on board. Within the same group of people there are also people who need to find a familiar object, face or person in order for them to believe their flight will be safe. For example, some people look for babies as they feel that babies on board a plane signals good luck.
This is the most common superstition I have come across. There are people who avoid flights associated with certain numbers believing them bad luck. For example, American Airlines and Delta Airlines have banned flight numbers 191 given there have been some crashes associated with those numbers:
1967: Flight 191, experimental X-15 military plane
1979: American Airlines 191, 271 people died when the plane crashed near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
2006: Comair 5191, 49 people dead in a crash in Lexington, Kentucky
2012: JetBlue 191, the pilot had a meltdown in air and got on the intercom and said: ”This is your captain freaking… “Pray f–king now for Jesus Christ…This plane will never make it to Vegas…We’re all going down!” Thankfully, passengers were able to restrain him
Other unlucky numbers associated with flying or flight numbers include 911, 666, and the number 13. Many airlines do not have a 13th row or even a 13th gate.
I don’t think this happens that often today, but I remember people would clap once the plane landed. It was a sign of thanks to the pilot for a flight well done. This is frowned upon by some. Still, I was on a flight maybe 5 years ago where the passengers broke out into an applause after landing.
While flowers are associated with love and holidays they are also associated with funerals so it’s thought bad luck to bring flowers on board a plane.
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