Today Hubbers and I didn't do a whole heck of a lot. We pretty much had a lazy day. It was nice. Did some grocery shopping and just spending time together. So, since I did not get any pictures... I wanted to share with you some superstitions that the Koreans have. This was found in the "Happenings" magazine that the base puts out with all kinds of info of things to do around base and Korea. 
  • You can't take a shower for 24 hours after getting a shot or you'll die. 
  • If you cut your hair, you will grow taller... Unless your mother jumped over you when you were a baby, in which case you will never be tall. 
  • To ace an exam, eat yut, a form of sticky Korean candy, beforehand so the answers will stick in your head and the pencil will stick to your hand. But don't twirl your pencil. That makes you stupid. 
  • If you cut your toenails after dark, they can turn into a ghost or spirit that may kill you. 
  • Avoid the number 4 at all costs. Korean apartments and hotels don't have a fourth floor. The elevator will say 1-2-3-F-5 or 1-2-3-5. The number 4 symbolizes death in Korea. When you purchase a set of dishes in a Korean store, there are always five table settings, never four. 
  • Teachers may use a red pen to check their students' papers, but never to write personal comments or the child's name. Writing a name in red is a death sentence. 
  • Do not touch your eyes after touching a butterfly moth, or you will go blind. 
Those are just some of the ones that I kind of thought were silly. I guess everyone has their superstitions... I don't have too many. Unless I watch scary TV shows then, I just scare myself a little!! hehehe. 

Do you remember the BLUE DOOR photo that I shared with you a couple of days ago?? 
If you click on the image, it will display a larger version. Anyway. Why I bring this up again is because this address here (seen to the left of the blue doors, in a dark blue sign) is #4. ... I wonder if that is why they painted their doors blue? Maybe blue is good luck!

Do you know of any neat/silly superstitions? Do you practice any yourself?



  1. I always eat Chili-Mac before beating Super Mario World. It keeps me from saying anything too cheesy.

  2. Or maybe the pretty blue color just draws suckers in!! lol

    Toenail clippings turning into ghosts...hmmmm....

  3. I had no idea the number 4 was bad here. Our apartment building has a fourth floor... Maybe up here in the north part of the peninsula they aren't as superstitious about it.... The Korean superstition that I find funny is this: Koreans believe that if you point a fan at your face while you are sleeping it will steal all the oxygen away from you and you will suffocate and die. If you buy a fan on the Korean economy (like at Lotte Mart, E-Mart, Home Plus, etc) it comes with a timer so the fan will shut off and it won't kill you.

    Anyway, it seems like you are adjusting quite well to life in Korea. That's great! I'm jealous of everything about Osan, but I'm pretty jealous of everything at Humphrey's also...

  4. My Korean students are screwed because I always write their names and leave them notes in red ink... they aren't allowed to have candy in my room either.

    I am going to have to ask them about it.


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