Origin: Probably Europe, 17th Century
Description: A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown.
This is one superstition that must have been heavily tested over the years but still survives. Its origin may lie in a tradition that sailors wore a ring in their ear to pay for a funeral should they be washed ashore, or to pay 'Davy Jones' should they be lost at sea.
The ear-ring for this purpose was pierced in the cartilage of the upper arc of the ear, in the flamboyant pirate fashion, because the softer parts of the ear would rot more quickly in the water.
SAILOR'S EARRING - THIS ONE WILL NEVER DROWN
Note: These superstitions
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