Black Cats and April Fools

Black Cats and April Fools

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Why is a black cat lucky? What is the true origin of April Fool's Day? Why is it unlucky to walk under a ladder? Why does cracking a mirror bring seven years bad luck? Do carrots really improve your eyesight? This book delves into the stories behind the traditions to explain them to us.

Independent Publishing Group
An intriguing look at the origins of some of our most popular superstitions and old wives tales. People have knocked on wood to ward off misfortune, or watched a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often have they stopped 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.

Publisher: London : Metro, 2006
ISBN: 9781843581628
Characteristics: xiii, 306 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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