Friday, October 20, 2006


Question of the Day...

"What is the superstition surrounding taking the last piece of pie?"

A: "That it will bring good health, prosperity, and if the person is single, they will remain as such.

I heard this on the radio this morning and thought I would share it with all of you. I always thought it was supposed to be bad luck so I tried looking it up online and got some similar answers and a lot of other wacky superstitions as well.

On one website it said:

If you take the last piece of anything, you will be an old maid unless you kiss the cook.

Eat the point of a pie first and you will be an old maid.

Another website had these:

Spilling salt
Spilling salt means bad luck, having a quarrel.
In order to avoid the bad luck or to prevent quarrel, one has to throw but a pinch of salt that was spilled over the shoulder.
Explanation: In earlier times salt used to be rare, and thus expensive.
Country: BG, UA, BY, RO.

Raising a glass
When drinking, it is good to have a toast.
Explanation: Originally when toasting, wine or beer would flow from one into the other glass. This showed that the wine was not poisoned and that the guest had nothing to fear from the host.
Country: Europe, Asia.

Tell me some that you have heard...


Anonymous said...

In my house eating the last piece of pie means that you're going to make a lot of people angry with you... Unless you make more pie, in which case, all is well.

Annie said...

Hahahah...I hear ya!

na said...

I loved this entry and decided to google food superstitions! The one that most struck my attention was; apparently there is a "lucky food" to eat each month! Here are the results:
January - Black Eyed Peas
February - Noodles (for the Lunar New Year)
March - Seeds (like Sunflower or Pumpkin)
April - Eggs in any form, even raw
May - Yogurt or Cheese
June - Wedding Cake
July - Watermelon
August - Corn on the Cob
September - Oysters or Fish
October - Pumpkin Pie
November - Turkey
December - Fruit

*Taken from the book: Keep the Buttered Side Up, Kathlyn Gay.

Deborah Eley De Bono said...

My grandmother would say, "Put a baby on the table, she'll be married before she's able." I have no idea where that one came from. And, "don't tickle a babies feet they'll stutter when they talk." My grandmother was born in 1906.

funwithyourfood said...

hmm never heard much.
that's pretty neat though