Pete: Hey Sue! Don't walk under that ladder...it's bad luck!
Sue: Julie, Is he serious?
Julie: Kind of. There is an old tradition in the West that says it's bad luck.
S: You mean a superstition?
J: Yes, I guess it is a superstition.
S: But, Julie...you're from the UK and Pete is American! I thought Western people weren'tsuperstitious!
P: Actually, many of us are. In America we have a whole bunch of superstitions.
Pete警告Sue不要从梯子下面走，It's bad luck. 会带来坏运气。 Superstition迷信。Julie是英国人，Pete是美国人，原来，西方人也迷信。
S: Wow...I always thought Westerners considered superstitions old-fashioned. My family isChinese; almost all of us are very superstitious.
J: Well, I think the superstitions might be different, but pretty much every country in the worldhas them.
S: Is the number "four" unlucky in the West?
J: No...I don't think so.
P: Um...wait. Why is the number "four" bad?
S: In Chinese the pronunciation of the "four" sounds a lot like the word for "death."
P: Oh, I can see why that would be bad.治疗癫痫偏方>
J: We might be OK with the number "four" but some Western people think "thirteen" is anunlucky number.
P: That's true. Some buildings will skip the thirteenth floor or call it "12A" or something.
S: Ha! That's funny! In many Chinese places they do exactly the same thing with the fourthfloor! But why is thirteen unlucky?
J: Well, it's not too clear how that happened...but it probably has something to do with twelvebeing a lucky number.
J: Twelve is a number featured in many stories and legends and so it's kind of considered to bea good number.
S: But thirteen is not?
P: Yeah...and the most unlucky day of all is if a Friday falls on the 13th of a month. That'sconsidered to be a super unlucky day.
S: Yeah. I saw a horror movie called "Friday the 13" once!
J: Yeah! That's a great horror movie!
A funny story about ghosts.
Ruth: So, Jack, do you believe in ghosts?
内江专业癫痫病医院 Jack: No, not really. Why do you ask?
Ruth: Because I want to tell you about the time that I saw a ghost.
Jack: You saw a ghost? When?
Ruth: It was many years ago, when I was a little child. It was the middle of the night, and I wentto get a drink of water from the kitchen. I walked out of my room and was at the top of thestairs, when…
Jack: So that's where you saw the ghost? In your house? What did it look like? Was ithideous1?
Ruth: It was a big, green thing that looked like a person. It was in the kitchen, and it slowlymoved towards the stairs…
Jack: So what did you do?
Ruth: I hid so that it couldn't see me. Slowly it got closer and closer, until ……
Jack: Until what? What happened? Did you see it clearly? Did it attack you?
Ruth: It moved slowly up the stairs, step by step, and I could hear its approaching2 footsteps.When it finally got to the top of the stairs, I realized that it was my father in his green pajamas.He had gone to get a late night snack.
Janice: So do you believe in palmistry3?
Margaret: Palmistry? What is that?
Janice: It's when someone takes a look at another person's palm4 to tell the future.
Margaret: Oh, you mean palm reading5. I've seen that before, but I don't believe in it.
Janice: Are you sure? I've read a lot about palmistry and I've been able to tell a lot of accuratethings about a person from his palm. Do you want me to take a look at your hand?
Margaret: Really? You've read books about it? Ok, then. But only if you want to.
Janice: Ok, let's see, well, you've got a long life line, which is good, and the love line is strong……
Margaret: What else do you see? Will I be successful? Will I make a lot of money?
Janice: Hmm, hard to say, wait, yes, it looks like you will do well in business, and your ambitionwill help you a lot, but ……
Margaret: What? What is it? What's the matter?
Janice: You seem to have a large gullibility 有哪些癫痫常见的病因6 line. You believe everything that you're told.
The most accurate statement about palm reading is that people believe what they want tobelieve.