It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in the US–the color green and gestures for good luck are standards for this holiday. Here are some more GM superstitions that have persisted through the years.

In ancient times, it was usually the older, unmarried women, poor relatives, and dependents who took the humblest places at the table—the corner seats.  From this developed the idea that if an unmarried girl sits at the corner of the table, she will not marry for seven years.

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Here’s a superstition that’s similar to one you’ve likely heard: It’s bad luck when a black cat walks across your path.  Throw pebbles across the place where your paths cross if needed.