approaching, here are a few Scottish superstitions:
-A dog would not approach a person who was soon to die. If a family member was ill, they watched to see how the dog reacted towards them.
-Before moving into a new house, a cat was thrown into it. If a curse or disease had been left there, the cat would become the victim and die, saving the family.
-Spiders made their nests on standing corn stalks. The height of the nest from the ground predicted the depth of snow that would come in winter.
-If the first foal is seen with its head towards the observer, it would be a prosperous year. If it faces the other way, there would be misfortune.
-The word "Hare" was not said at sea, as it brought forth strong winds.
-The birth of a black sheep spelled doom for the rest of the flock, so it was typically killed.
-The bite of a pig was said to produce cancer.
-to ensure a newborn's safety, several steps were taken: knots were untied, mirrors were turned over, doors & windows were unlocked and the babies were given whisky to ward off evil spirits.
-"May the White Heather, symbol of my sorrow, bring good fortune to all who find it."
Different animals seem to react differently to the Bagpipes. Here is one flamingo's reaction: Flamingo Dancer
| Scottish Humour
Wee Hamish' kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most-wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person.
"Yes," said the policeman, "the detectives want very badly to capture him."
Wee Hamish asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"
The 9 of Diamonds is referred to as Scotland's curse for several reasons:
1) It was secretly used by Sir John Dalrymple to authorize the Glencoe Massacre
2) The Duke of Cumberland wrote "no quarter" on a 9 of Diamonds after the Battle of Culloden
3) Nine diamonds were stolen from the crown of Scotland and a tax was levied on the people to pay for them.
4) James IV spent time searching for this missing card before the Battle of Flodden. His time could have been better spent preparing for battle.