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Insect repellant
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Piles Shaver's rash
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Lucky charms and bad luck
Stories and Superstitions
Other names
Stories and Superstitions

'I was speaking to a lady from the Whitley Bay area who mentioned that daises were worn on Empire Day, 24 May, when she was at school which was probably during or just after WW2.'
Leazes Park, Hexham, UK, 2001

'In Shropshire, for some years after WWII, my aunt's brother used to bring marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) into the house on the first day of May.'
Bristol, Avon, UK, 1999

'Carrageen moss seaweed was used in WWII as a food. We still used it after the war to make jelly.'
St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2002

'My mother used to say if you planted lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) someone in the family would die.'
Tooting, London, UK, 2001

'As children in Glamorgan, south Wales, we used to eat hawthorn. We knew it as "bread and cheese". The young shoots we called bread, and the ripening fruits we called cheese.'
Tooting, London, UK, 2002

'Dandelions - don't pick them, they'll make you wet the bed.'
Kingsbridge, Devon, UK, 1999

'A number of years ago a friend was collecting conkers and told me that he and his wife used them instead of mothballs! I've been doing that ever since he told me about it and they don't smell! I renew them every year and give the old ones to our friendly neighbourhood squirrels.'
Wimbledon, London, UK, 2002

'If you hold a buttercup under your chin, and you get a yellow colour, it means you like butter.'
Pinner, Middlesex, UK, 2001




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