Where does the superstition “Light a cigarette from a candle and a sailor dies at sea” come from?
I pulled this off the web. There is another one about sailors having made money by selling matches and you were robbing them of income but this one by far makes the most sense There are problems involved with trying to assimilate into the seemingly nonsensical world of Icelandic thought though. Not brought up in it, I was ignorant to the customs and rules. One night, sitting in a relatively empty bar I made the grave mistake of trying to light my cigarette off a candle on the table. I placed the tip between my lips and started towards the flame. Imagine my surprise when not only did the friend sitting with me, but the bar tender as well grabbed for the candle before I could get there. The man now clutching the candle looked at me like I’d just tried to kill his first born child then scowled, clucked his tongue and walked back to the bar. I turned to my friend (cigarette still pursed between lips). “You can’t light a cigarette off a candle, you’ll kill a sailor.” It’s an old superstitio