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12/31/03 - Tyler

East Texans Have Near Year's Superstitions

Some East Texans are hoping luck comes their way this next year and they are following some bizarre superstitions to get it. Local Tylerites practice numerous superstitions to ensure good luck for the coming year.

One superstition states that a man on horseback bearing gifts is good luck, unless he's cross-eyed or has one continuous eyebrow. Others say never wash anything on New years day , or you'll wash away luck.

"Never let a blonde or redheaded woman in your house before a man," says one Tyler resident. Others say never let a man with one continuous eyebrow in your home, or never let a cross eyed man in your home on New Year's day.

Many don't see the point of luck-based superstitions. "I don't have any superstitions," says Tyler resident Jerry Truell.

Some sleep with a horseshoe under their pillow. And others say never use a knife or scissors because you'll cut your luck short for the new year. And wind is also a new years superstition.

Wind blowing from the north on New Year's day means a year of bad weather. Wind blowing from the south means fine weather for the year ahead. If it blows from the east, it means famine and calamities.  Wind from the west means plentiful supplies of milk and fish. No wind at all means a prosperous year for all, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.

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