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Well, I ain't superstitious, or survey o' the day

Or to quote the great Willie Dixon more fully, "Well I ain't superstitious, but a black cat crossed my trail".

Anyway, I am yet again indebted to those lovely French pollsters for coming up with another corker - 'The French and superstitions'.

And below we see the regions that are the most superstitious - black, least - white and those on the Juste Milieu - a strangely appropriate beige.



The Auvergnats are the most credulous at 48%, and the Dauphinois/e (OK, Rhones Alpes) the least at 33%. One does wonder quite what it is that separates the two varieties of Normans.

Women are more superstitious than men - 49% vs 34% and the young (15-34) more than the mature (60+) - 51% vs 31%

Limousin types are the most likely to think that they were born for bad luck and trouble are unlucky (17%), but also the most likely to think they are lucky (26%).

As to superstitions themselves, fully 37% of Gauls think that finding a four leaf clover will bring luck, 32% think the same of seeing a meteor and 31% of touching wood. A mere 14% think it is worth wasting a euro on a fountain.

As to bad luck, 46% think that trouble will come from putting bread on the table upside down, 40% from walking under a ladder and 31% from opening an umbrella indoors. Only 10% are worried about Willie's cat. The single most jaw dropping factlet is that 14% of our neighbours have stayed home out of fear of Friday the 13th.

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Blogger ScotsToryB said... 5:47 pm

'One does wonder quite what it is that separates the two varieties of Normans'.

'Tis definitely not potatoes.


STB.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:02 pm

Time to wheel out this old warhorse of an anecdote for its annual airing:

"Speaking at the European Parliament a French delegate suggested that the milk product crisis was best left to the common sense of the farmers in Normandy. He declared "La problem sera résolu par la sagesse Normandie" The interpreter duly translated this as 'The problem will be solved by Norman wisdom'".  



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