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Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives Tales and Superstitions in Our Daily Lives

Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives Tales and Superstitions in Our Daily Lives (Paperback)

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We have all touched wood to ward off misfortune, or seen a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a wedding, but how often do we stop to think about where such customs come from, or why we still use them? The truth is that behind many of our daily rituals and beliefs lies a fascinating history of weird and wonderful notions, some rational, others fanciful, that provide a rich and entertaining addition to our lives. In this charming and endlessly diverting book, best-selling author Harry Oliver has delved into the stories behind our rich traditions to explain them to us with characteristic wit and flair, in a gem of a volume that will clear up any of the niggling doubts you may have about our everyday beliefs. So before you search for any more four-leaf clovers, worry about the next Friday 13th or tell someone that chocolate will give them spots, dip into this amazing tome and discover the truth about our diverse beliefs so that next time your ear itches you'll know if someone's really talking about you!

HumourPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legendsSport & Hobbies Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 01/05/2009 ISBN-13: 9781844548118  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Writer and Editor Harry Oliver holds a fascination for the quirky stories that lie behind aspects of our everyday lives. His previous book March Hares and Monkeys' Uncles as a bestselling look at the origins of phrases, and for this new volume he has turned his attentions elsewhere to come up with an equally fascinating look at old wives' tales and superstitions. Author of two other books, he lives and works in London.

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