Black Cats and April Fools: Origins of Old Wives Tales and by Harry Oliver, Mike Mosedale

By Harry Oliver, Mike Mosedale

We've all touched wooden to beat back misfortune, or noticeable a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a marriage, yet how usually will we cease to consider the place such customs come from, or why we nonetheless use them? in actual fact that at the back of lots of our day-by-day rituals and ideology lies a desirable heritage of strange and lovely notions, a few rational, others fanciful, that supply a wealthy and interesting addition to our lives. during this captivating and ceaselessly diverting publication, best-selling writer Harry Oliver has delved into the tales at the back of our wealthy traditions to give an explanation for them to us with attribute wit and aptitude, in a gem of a quantity that might resolve any of the niggling doubts you could have approximately our daily ideals. So prior to you look for to any extent further four-leaf clovers, fear concerning the subsequent Friday thirteenth or inform a person that chocolate will supply them spots, dip into this notable tome and observe the reality approximately our diversified ideals in order that subsequent time your ear itches you'll recognize if someone's quite conversing approximately you!

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Don’t get me started on sticks. My cousin Bob’s a lamp pole, But he doesn’t seem that bright. So what is it that I can do? There must be something... right? First I helped a barber, Selling shaves for hairy necks. Then I tried some tetherball, But the rules were too complex. I’m not a pole for vaulting, Because for that I’d need to bend. And I’d love to be a ski pole, But for that I’d need a friend. I wished I was the North Pole, And marked the home of Santa... Or even just a Gallup® poll, Calling voters in Atlanta.

There must be something... right? First I helped a barber, Selling shaves for hairy necks. Then I tried some tetherball, But the rules were too complex. I’m not a pole for vaulting, Because for that I’d need to bend. And I’d love to be a ski pole, But for that I’d need a friend. I wished I was the North Pole, And marked the home of Santa... Or even just a Gallup® poll, Calling voters in Atlanta. I maypoled for a month, Learning pagans aren’t my type... I didn’t cut it as a totem— Me no smoke-um the peace pipe.

I’ve always thought red, white, and blue Went nicely with my eyes. And horizontal stripes sure do Show off my shapely thighs. As she dances and she waves, It is finally clear to see, I’m the very best kind of pole I could ever hope to be… I AM AN AMERICAN FLAG POLE ! So pledge allegiance… to me ! ) DRAW OR TRACE YOUR POLE HERE STEPHEN COLBERT , age 47 MAURICE SENDAK , age 83 “The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also, Father’s Day.

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