Friday the 13th is synonymous with bad luck and superstitions. Everyone knows that garlic wards off vampires and that spilling salt is terrible luck. If you love food, you should probably consider these savory superstitions so you don’t end up unmarried, childless, friendless, or worse.
Eggs symbolize fertility, so farmers would scatter broken eggs into their fields hoping they would bring forth an abundant crop. Also, if you break open an egg and find two yolks, that means someone you know will be getting married or having twins. And when you’re cracking your egg, make sure to crush the eggshell afterward: otherwise, legend has it, a witch will gather up the pieces, set sail, and cause terrible storms at sea.
You should never hand a hot pepper directly to a friend—superstition has it that is will bring discord into the friendship. If you want to give your friend a jalapeño, put it on the table or counter and have them pick it up.
In China, long noodles symbolize a long life. So you should never cut your noodles—that means you’re cutting life short. Instead, you should slurp up long noodles up without breaking them.
Tea, also used in divination (we won’t get into that), has lots of superstitions connected to it. For instance, you should never put milk in your tea before the sugar, or you may never get married. Seemingly contradictory, undissolved sugar at the bottom of your cup means someone is in love with you. Spilling your tea means a stranger is about to visit you. And let only one person pour the tea—it’s bad luck if the duty is shared.