Lucky numbers are a zero-sum game

Lucky numbers are a zero-sum game

Beijing's Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision has decreed, says Xinhua, that "the numbers of multi-storey buildings, units and door plates should be coded and registered in numerical order and no skipping or selective use of numbers should be al

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 7:27am

That's superstitious!

Listen to some people talking about superstitions, and then answer the questions.

1 Why did millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt place the legs of every bed in which he slept in dishes of salt?

a to help him sleep better

b to protect him from harm while he slept

c to stop him snoring

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Each week Young Post will look at the English language in everyday situations; This week Superstitious people use certain expressions to avoid bad luck

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Have you ever believed in Santa Claus?

Erica Ng, 14

Top tunes: Hip-hop

I have never really believed in Santa Claus since my parents have always given me presents. They never pretended that Santa Claus existed. The best present I've ever received was a portable DVD player. This Christmas, I would really love to have a new phone, although I'm not sure what brand or model I want.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Watch your step today

We all have our bad days, but Friday the 13th is the worst of all in many western cultures. Is it just superstition or is it really unlucky when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday?

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Coutts' staff keen on campaign

Father Christmas appeared to be cloning himself at the Coutts bank staff Christmas party, where the Glenealy School Choir sang carols and the bank announced it was donating HK$150,000 to Operation Santa Claus after a fund-raising drive among staff members.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


Devil's in the metal

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


1 According to the rhyme, what does seeing seven magpies mean?

2 How many years bad luck does smashing a mirror bring?

3 What substance should you sprinkle on the doorstep of a new home to ward off evil spirits?

4 Which American rhythm & blues legend performed the hit song Superstition on children's TV show Sesame Street in 1973?

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Make your wish come true

Have you always had a wish you could never fulfil? Now's your chance to make it happen. ATV has a new reality television show, Make Wishes, in which they will make different people's dreams come true. It will be hosted by actress Margie Tsang Wah-sin (left).

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

If you could wish for anything in the whole world for your pet, what would it be?

23 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

A Christmas wish

CHRISTMAS IS a time of year for making wishes. This year, when Young Post asked students what they wished for, their wishes were similar to adults'. It is not just exams and presents they are thinking about, but also more serious issues. With growing tension between the US and Iraq, many students wish for world peace.

Amy, 15: 'No war again, please. The world longs for peace.'

19 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Good Friday falls on the thirteenth

Today is Good Friday. It is also Friday the 13th. It is the first time since 1990 that the two days have coincid ed, and this usually happens only four or five times a century.

The next time Good Friday falls on Friday the 13th will be April 13, 2063, followed by April 13, 2074, April 13, 2085 and April 13, 2096.

13 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Friday and 13 are a deadly combination

Today is Friday the 13th. According to Western tradition, this is an unlucky day.

Just as many buildings in Western countries do not have a 13th floor, some airlines report that reservations drop by as much as 10 per cent on Friday the 13th because some passengers are afraid to fly on this date.

13 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Things that bring good and bad luck

There are many other popular superstitions. A few of them follow:

If you step on a crack, you will break your mother's back.

If you step on a line, you will break your mother's spine.

If you spill salt, the devil will come after you. To scare him away, you should throw some salt over your shoulder.

13 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Barbaric rites

Throughout time, people have thought they could appease the anger of various gods, or appeal to their mercy, by making human sacrifices.

Abraham was among them, as recalled in his display of loyalty to God by being ready to follow his command to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.

11 Apr 2000 - 12:00am