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Old 21 June 2013, 09:01 PM
Barbara
 
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The only bed placement superstition I'm aware of is the prohibition against positioning it with its foot towards the door because you're inviting Death if you do. (Corpses are carried out feet first, sleeping is somewhat akin to death....)

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Originally Posted by Singing in the Drizzle View Post
ETA: My aunt clamed that when I received a knife set as a gift from my parents, that need to give them (my parents) a dime, other wise I would end up cutting my self with the knives.
The canonical knife superstition says you must "purchase" any gift of a knife from a friend lest it otherwise sever the friendship. Said purchase is effected by handing over a coin, typically a dime or a quarter.

The "purchasing the gift to remove the bad effect" meme also attaches to pearls - if received as a gift without the token coin being handed back, each pearl represents a tear to be shed.
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