1. Brian McLean
    January 23, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    But, why do actors say “mucha mierda”? Because when patrons went to the theatre in horse-drawn carriages having a lot of horse-shit in the streets meant you had a big audience.

  2. Brian McLean
    January 23, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    When asked to “pass the salt”, you should never “hand” it to them directly, rather it should be left on the table in front of them. Ladies, if you leave your handbag directly on the ground or floor all your money will drain away.

  3. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    January 23, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    Ladies, if you leave your handbags on the floor in public, your money will surely be taken! Spanish superstitions get me every time!

  4. RichieO
    January 23, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    I don’t think stitions are super, or the ordinary sort either but then I don’t think at all……

  5. wanderingeducators
    January 23, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    What interesting superstitions! We have plenty of our own, lol.

  6. Elle Draper
    January 23, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    There’s always one isn’t there eh? ;)
    E x

  7. Melissa
    January 23, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    I grew up in the US with the salt passing and no knives as gifts (unless you tape a penny to it.) I was just told yesterday that if a pregnant woman sees a particular food and wants it, but doesn’t eat it, the baby will have a birthmark in that shape.

  8. Terry at Overnight New York
    January 25, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    You definitely have to tread carefully when you don’t know a country’s superstitions. In Japan it’s the number four, synonymous with death because of how the word sounds. Teacups are sold in sets of five — and you don’t want a hospital room on the fourth floor (if a hospital is so foolish as to have a floor labeled four).

  9. Elle Draper
    January 26, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    It’s bizarre isn’t it? I’ve always said I’m not superstitious… but I think most of us are if we’re completely honest… even a little. E x

  10. Elle Draper
    January 26, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Never heard of taping a penny to a knife… or the pregnant lady one – fascinating! E x

  11. Elle Draper
    January 26, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Don’t we just?! E x

  12. Elle Draper
    January 26, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    I’ve fallen for them myself… and I didn’t know the handbag one until quite recently. E x

  13. Mary @Green Global travel
    January 27, 2014 @ 3:43 am

    i like learning about superstitions in other countries. It provides such a unique insight into the culture. I can’t wait to sport my red underwear on New Years!

  14. Elle Draper
    January 27, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    It’s interesting isn’t it? I do have a set of red undies… but nobody would see them ha ha!
    Elle x

  15. Lisa
    January 29, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    I have always been told never give knives as a gift and I am English! Not heard about the penny being taped to it but I certainly put a coin in every purse when not in use!

  16. Elle Draper
    January 29, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Oh yes – the penny in a purse trick! That reminds me of my childhood. x

  17. Ian
    June 13, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    One should never do make a toast with a drink (brindar) in Spain with water. That too is bad luck

  18. Elle Draper
    June 13, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Hadn’t heard that one – thanks Ian! x

  19. Bob Coombs
    April 12, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

    Interesting. We were never given anything sharp as a gift we always had to give a copper coin in exchange effectively buying it.

  20. johnjo
    August 31, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    My only bad car accident was in a yellow car, When I told this to a Spanish man, he told me that you couldn’t buy a yellow car in Spain, because the colour was unlucky. This was in the 90s. Never heard anyone else say this, but I had to agree!

  21. Elle Draper
    August 31, 2016 @ 10:04 pm

    I hadn’t thought about it – but you’re right… I’ve never seen a yellow car here!

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