Blink rapidly to fool yourself into thinking you've seen two magpies. The fear that a lone magpie will bring bad luck is fairly common throughout the UK. "One for Sorrow" is a traditional children's nursery rhyme about magpies. According to an old superstition, the number of magpies seen tells if one Two for joy. As the nursery rhyme suggests, the bird is long associated with superstitions around bad luck, negativity and ill-omens. The most well-known superstition in the UK is that seeing a single magpie is supposed to signal bad luck. A way of combating the bad tidings is. Irrational as they may be, we all have a superstition or two. The belief that a broken mirror brings bad luck most likely has its origins in the simple. And in Ireland and Scotland, seeing a single magpie is supposed bad luck, but two or more is fine. 4. Trimming Nails at Night. In emerging of such kind of beliefs both natural structure of persons and illiterate words of A mirror which is broken may bring bad luck; it is said. A black cat passing in front of a person and the hooting of an owl are both considered bad luck. A burning wooden stick has to be thrown at the owl. 'Magpies have a longstanding place in the annals of superstition,' he wrote. 'Early Christians saw the bird as a symbol of dissipation and. Whistling indoors in Russia is considered bad luck and will lead to If you find yourself sitting between two people with the same name.