That's what I was told growing up in Los Angeles.
I remember saying to the teacher "Well no wonder the devil hates us if everyone keeps breaking his back!"...my teacher nodded politely.
Once I realised it was a figure of speech, I began to wonder if other parts of America had the same phrase.
Was it "Step on the crack and the Jabberwocky gives you five bucks," in Rhode Island...
or "Step on the crack and a cockroach hails you a cab," in New York?
All these things are good but in England it's the opposite.
"Don't step on the cracks daddy!" says Max as we walk down the street.
"Why's that?" I say.
"Because bears will come out!" growls Max.
"Bears?" I say
"Yes daddy...big brown bears and they have claws!" says Max with an even louder growl.
"What will happen if they come out?" I say with minor dramatic concern.
"You'll be eaten up unless you step on their claws!" says Max.
"But what if it was a polar bear?" I say.
"Then you step on his tooth daddy!" says Max.
"Well now I know," I say.
It wasn't over of course.
"If it was a whale bear...
you step on it's tail,"...
"and if it was a lion bear...
"and if was a ghost bear..."
"Tricked you daddy! They're not real bears! Silly,"says Max
So I say "What about Pandas?".
"No daddy. Panda's eat plants and are nice," says an unimpressed Max.
I'd obiviously gone too far...
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