Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spooky Or Silly? 6 Food Superstitions

Halloween and all of its superstitions are upon us. And while I don’t believe in them per se, I do believe in food and fun. Check out these popular food superstitions:

Breaking a Wishbone
Who hasn’t let the wishbone from Thanksgiving dinner dry over night so they could challenge their sibling to tug-of-war the next day? If you wind up with the longer piece, you get to make a wish—and rub it in to your brother.

Throwing Salt Over Your Shoulder
I think the floor on the set of Rachael Ray’s show must be littered with salt. But she has the superstition slightly wrong: It’s believed that if you spill salt—which is bad luck—you should toss more over your left shoulder to ward off the evil spirits your spill stirred up. You don't need to throw salt willy-nilly if you haven't spilled your salt.

Tossing Rice at a Wedding
Rice, an ancient symbol of fertility and of prosperity, has been thrown for centuries to wish newlyweds well as they leave the church. And don’t worry about exploding sparrows—turns out, many bird species include the grain in their diets.

Eating Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day
This tradition is big in southeastern states. The legumes are thought to bring good luck, and some people eat them with collard, mustard, or turnip greens in the belief that the food will bring them some green—in the form of money—the rest of the year.

Not Cutting Long Noodles
In China, long noodles symbolize a long life, and cutting one is seen as cutting your life short. Miss Manners may not approve, but if poor table etiquette means a few extra years, by all means slurp up your lo mein.

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