“If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” —Groucho Marx

With Halloween ghosts and evil spirits just ‘round the corner, we wondered what, other than our daily bowl of Lucky Charms, we could do to keep ourselves luck-laden. One look in the kitchen (and into folklore) and we discovered lots of fortuitous foods that up our chances.

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  • Bread

    Bread seems to be a hotbed of folklore focus. Don’t wash a bread knife on Sundays, don’t cut both ends off a loaf (you’ll free the Devil to fly all over your house) and, according to European superstition, keep your bread upright because an upside-down loaf can bring bad luck. Also, do as the Romanian superstition dictates: eat the corners from the bread to create a good relationship with your mother-in-law. No corners on our loaves anymore.

  • Greens

    Eating lettuce is said to help a young woman get pregnant while parsley will help prevent pregnancy. Not what they taught us in health class, but we’re off salads for now. Oh yes, and we can’t forget the ancient superstition that smelling basil will bring a scorpion into your brain.

  • Hot Peppers & Knives

    Don’t pass hot peppers or knives to anyone. Instead, we’re told to put them down on the counter and let the other person pick them up — it will avert disagreements and discord (and cut fingers).

  • Noodles

    Forget cutting carbs. Long noodles are where it’s at — eat them long (cut them in half and prepare to meet your maker) because in China long noodles are slurped to bring a long life.

  • Peanuts

    If you’re heading to the theatre or a NASCAR race, leave the peanuts at home — many actors and racecar drivers are spooked by the supposedly bad-luck-legume.

  • Garlic

    Totally obvious, but carrying a clove in your pocket will make you so smelly even the Evil Eye won’t look your way.

  • Eggs

    Get cracking because a double yolk could mean marriage or twins, however, a black spot on a yolk is a bad omen and no yolk…well…let’s just hope that never happens.

Bread
Bread seems to be a hotbed of folklore focus. Don’t wash a bread knife on Sundays, don’t cut both ends off a loaf (you’ll free the Devil to fly all over your house) and, according to European superstition, keep your bread upright because an upside-down loaf can bring bad luck. Also, do as the Romanian superstition dictates: eat the corners from the bread to create a good relationship with your mother-in-law. No corners on our loaves anymore.

Greens
Eating lettuce is said to help a young woman get pregnant while parsley will help prevent pregnancy. Not what they taught us in health class, but we’re off salads for now. Oh yes, and we can’t forget the ancient superstition that smelling basil will bring a scorpion into your brain.

Hot Peppers & Knives
Don’t pass hot peppers or knives to anyone. Instead, we’re told to put them down on the counter and let the other person pick them up — it will avert disagreements and discord (and cut fingers).

Noodles
Forget cutting carbs. Long noodles are where it’s at — eat them long (cut them in half and prepare to meet your maker) because in China long noodles are slurped to bring a long life.

Peanuts
If you’re heading to the theatre or a NASCAR race, leave the peanuts at home — many actors and racecar drivers are spooked by the supposedly bad-luck-legume.

Garlic
Totally obvious, but carrying a clove in your pocket will make you so smelly even the Evil Eye won’t look your way.

Eggs
Get cracking because a double yolk could mean marriage or twins, however, a black spot on a yolk is a bad omen and no yolk…well…let’s just hope that never happens.

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