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Old 20-09-2011, 13:27
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I received a card through the post today which I opened. I thought it could be a birthday card but it didn't feel like it could be one - turns out it was!

Is it bad luck to open a card before your birthday - even if accidental? My birthday is on Thu so only two days early.
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:28
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Is it bad luck to open a card before your birthday - even if accidental?
Yes it's really bad luck. The only way to undo the evil spell is to dance naked, by moonlight, on the local village green.
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:32
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Yes it's really bad luck. The only way to undo the evil spell is to dance naked, by moonlight, on the local village green.
And have someone record it so the bad luck gets traped in the digital world and then post it on here so we can see if it's been done properly
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:33
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I received a card through the post today which I opened. I thought it could be a birthday card but it didn't feel like it could be one - turns out it was!

Is it bad luck to open a card before your birthday - even if accidental? My birthday is on Thu so only two days early.
is it your 10th birthday?
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:35
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Yes it's really bad luck. The only way to undo the evil spell is to dance naked, by moonlight, on the local village green.
That's my Tues night sorted!
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:37
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is it your 10th birthday?
Is it your time of the month?

When you think we have stupid sayings like it's unlucky to walk under a ladder etc you would think this birthday one would be a more relevant one.
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:40
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Is it your time of the month?

When you think we have stupid sayings like it's unlucky to walk under a ladder etc you would think this birthday one would be a more relevant one.
That superstition, like shoes on a table or mirrors is the result of using superstition to keep people safe or safeguarding valuable things.
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:41
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Is it your time of the month?

When you think we have stupid sayings like it's unlucky to walk under a ladder etc you would think this birthday one would be a more relevant one.
Why's that? I can at least see a little logic with the ladder thing, I don't fancy a tin of paint dropping on my head!
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:44
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It is indeed bad luck to open a birthday card before your birthday.

God help you if you fail to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with a single blow!
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:44
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It's only bad luck if it doesn't contain money
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:47
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It's only bad luck if it doesn't contain money
It didn't actually!
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:48
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I received a card through the post today which I opened. I thought it could be a birthday card but it didn't feel like it could be one - turns out it was!

Is it bad luck to open a card before your birthday - even if accidental? My birthday is on Thu so only two days early.
Do you save all your Christmas cards until Christmas day as well?
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Old 20-09-2011, 13:52
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The bad luck can only be reversed if a friend or family member gives you birthday dumps.
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Old 20-09-2011, 14:05
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Do you save all your Christmas cards until Christmas day as well?
Funnily enough I was thinking about this too why it seems acceptable to open Xmas cards before Xmas Day - the logical answer being that it's someone elses birthday but still!
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:02
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I always open my mother in laws card early ... as it often contains cash and i want to spend it
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:07
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Funnily enough I was thinking about this too why it seems acceptable to open Xmas cards before Xmas Day - the logical answer being that it's someone elses birthday but still!
Ah I think it's more to do with the fact that if you left it until Christmas day you'd open them and start realising that you've received cards from people who you didn't send one to, and now it's too late! Whereas unless you share your birthday with a lot of people that you know, this is quite unlikely to happen.

I always write on the envelope "not to be opened until xx date" (unless I've put money in asthe date think makes it blatant its a b-day card and I don't trust the postie not to nick it!).
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:08
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Nobody sends me cards. The date I acquired consciousness and crept out of the dirty laundry on my own is still uncertain.
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:13
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The bad luck can only be reversed if a friend or family member gives you birthday dumps.
Birthday dumps?
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:20
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Ah I think it's more to do with the fact that if you left it until Christmas day you'd open them and start realising that you've received cards from people who you didn't send one to, and now it's too late! Whereas unless you share your birthday with a lot of people that you know, this is quite unlikely to happen.

I always write on the envelope "not to be opened until xx date" (unless I've put money in asthe date think makes it blatant its a b-day card and I don't trust the postie not to nick it!).
Charming.
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Old 20-09-2011, 15:20
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Bumps, probably.
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Old 20-09-2011, 16:02
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I always do, I open them as soon as they arrive in the post if I'm in the house when the post arrives. I don't see anything wrong with it. Same with Christmas cards. And BTW what's the whole birthday bumps thing about? I've never really got that.
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Old 20-09-2011, 16:05
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I always do, I open them as soon as they arrive in the post if I'm in the house when the post arrives. I don't see anything wrong with it. Same with Christmas cards. And BTW what's the whole birthday bumps thing about? I've never really got that.
They were outlawed in the 90s. Health & Safety.
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Old 20-09-2011, 16:07
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Maybe not, you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
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Old 20-09-2011, 17:03
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I didn't realise that "dumps" was a Scottish term.

Not many relevant hits on Google. Urban Dictionary is just misleading!

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...irthday%20Dump

Here's a better reference from the Herald:

"The Scottish tradition of administering birthday “dumps” is also banned. The “dumps” are thumps on the back, one for each year. An education department official said the practice had been outlawed when it was discovered some children used it as an excuse to inflict pain on classmates they did not like."


Sounds about right!

I was always glad that my birthday fell in the middle of summer when I was nowhere near school. When a group of schoolboys found out that it was someone's birthday, the "dumps" delivered were more like a gang assault and almost always ended in tears from the birthday boy!

Are "birthday bumps" similar? Or less brutal?
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Old 20-09-2011, 18:17
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Birthday bumps involve being flung horizontally ceilingwards while - if you're lucky - someone holds on to your hands and feet. Not a pleasant experience!
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