Over the past few months, I’ve broken so much glass that I started worrying about bad omens. OldSuperstitions.com tells me there’s nothing to worry about.

  • To break uncolored glass in any form but that of a mirror or a bottle is a fortunate omen; but if the glass is red, future trouble and anxiety are implied. If green glass is broken, bitter disappointment will be your lot.
  • Spilling wine is an auspicious omen, if it is done accidentally; while to drop a glass of wine and break the glass is a token of a happy marriage and enduring affection.
  • Breaking a drinking glass is only bad luck when proposing a toast.
  • Breaking a mirror is seven years of bad luck.
  • Breaking a glass bottle foretells misfortune.

The most worrisome part about breaking glass is making sure that all the itsy bitsy shards are picked up. Because we rely on houskeeping to keep the floors clean (we live in a serviced apartment), I don’t own a vacuum cleaner and have to use a broom and dust pan.

I’m hoping there won’t be a next time, but if there is, I plan to try a couple of tips I found online: use a rolled up ball of masking tape with the sticky side out or a piece of fresh white bread. Just make sure to throw both away well-wrapped in a sealed plastic bag so nobody mistakes it for a snack.

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