BROOM SUPERSTITIONS #2
If someone sweeps over your feet you will go to jail.
If someone sweeps over your feet you will be lazy.
If someone sweeps over your feet you will never be married.
If you sweep under anyone's feet you sweep his luck away.
Do not sweep under a sick person's bed.
Never sweep under a chair; you will have bad luck if you do.
You will sweep out your luck if you sweep after sunset.
Trash must not be swept out of the house after dark; sweep it aside or pick it up.
Don't sweep out the front door; you sweep your fortune away if you do.
You will have bad luck if you sweep the gallery or steps after dark.
You will have bad luck if you sweep the gallery in the afternoon.
Two people should not sweep in the same house at the same time.
The entire house should be swept well on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day.
---Hilda Roberts, "Louisiana Superstitions," The Journal of American Folklore, 1927
Louis Pasteur (1822-95)