......lying around in old sheds!
I have spent the morning helping a friend clear out her shed that is chock full of ten years of crud. Her husband, recently departed with a busty blond from the local supermarket, was an avid carbooter. He collected the most unlikely things ( including the leopard skinned hussy who is old enough to be his mother).
In amongst the bicycle chains, top hats and assorted divers helmets there was box of interesting books. One in particular caught my eye, a leather bound, tattered and half eaten book entitled 'Omens and Superstition of England'. Inside was a wealth of knowledge, here are some favourites.....
Swearing: Blaspheming in May may bring mice - oops!
Bathing: It is said in Wales, that to wash the body all over, may wash away good luck - enough said.
Remarriage: If a widower should remarry, the ghost of his former wife will attend the wedding - as long as she doesn't want to dance, then it shouldn't be a problem.
Nipples: A woman with three nipples is ne'er likely to gain a husband - how stupid, would think an extra one would enhance her chances.
Singing: It is unlucky to sing before waking - clever, but unlucky!
Caterpillars: It is lucky in Yorkshire to throw the caterpillar over the shoulder - not so lucky for the caterpillar though.
Potatoes: Carrying a potato in the pocket will ward off diseases of the bone - but of course one may also give quite the wrong impression in polite society.
Itchy lips: May bode well for a kiss from ones true love - that, or a nasty coldsore.
And my favourite......
Odd stockings: A man who wears odd stockings will rarely bring forth a wealthy wife - but surely a stocking tolerant one maybe?