Yesterday we went for a picnic and a bike ride with some family friends. After stuffing ourselves with chips and sandwiches, the conversation turned round to full stomachs, and I found myself reminiscing when my nanny would always scold us not to take a shower immediately after eating because it would make us sick. Something about the blood rushing to the stomach but needing the blood to go to the skin when taking a bath. To my surprise, Graham said his parents believe the same thing. Two very different cultures, same superstition. So is it just an old wives' tale or is there any truth to this?
While you're figuring out the answer to that one, see if you can tell whether the superstitions below are English or Filipino (or whether they are superstitions at all!):
- Sleeping with your hair wet will get you blind
- Eating cheese will give you nightmares
- Orange juice makes you hyperactive
- Eat 12 grapes and jump up and down 12 times at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve for good luck.
- A cricket in the house brings good luck
- Black ants in the house bring lots of money
- You can hallucinate or die from eating poppy seeds
For more superstitions, click here.