The old saw about black cats derives from Christians who wanted to rid the world of traces of other religions. The Egyptian Goddess Bast was a black cat, which is why Christians targeted them and their aged female caretakers. I'm not sure why bats in houses are such bad things; maybe it has something to do with the winged mammals' rabid proclivities.
That's right, seeing three butterflies in one place is a sure sign of bad times ahead. Allowing a butterfly to alight on your person can also bring misfortune, but not as much as killing one. The best course of action regarding these beautiful bringers of ill fortune might be to avoid the natural world altogether.
Knives make for strange gifts and if you receive one as a present from a friend you should reciprocate by giving him or her a coin, otherwise bad luck will follow. Lovers who give the gift of sharp objects doom their love, according to legend. Exercise caution while dining: Crossing knives at a table portends a quarrel and closing a pocketknife that you did not open brings misfortune.
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