Top 10 Strange Superstitions: Are You Superstitious?
Do you walk under ladders? Greet single magpies by name? Even if not, you'll love our list of seriously strange superstitions, catnip for the superstitious...
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We're all a little superstitious in some way or another, aren't we? Are you superstitious? Do you have any strange superstitions?
Do you do the same numbers each week on the lottery or would you cross the road to avoid walking under a ladder? Have you ever had your fortune told or your Tarot cards read?
It seems that when we come to think about it our lives are littered with small little behaviour quirks that could be described as superstitions.
It is more common than you think, from elite sports people like 5-time Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo's penchant for always putting his right foot onto a pitch first to Auntie Mildred's refusal to allow a hat on the bed, it is rife when we stop and think about it.
Top 10 Superstitions from Across the Globe...
We have taken a moment to scour some of the more unusual superstitions the world over but please do let us know yours in the comments section below...
Three on a Match
This is said to have originated among soldiers who thought that by the time the 3rd cigarette was lit a sniper would have had time to get them in his sight!
The common belief was that the sniper would spot the light with the first flame, take aim on the second flame and fire on the third.
The Yo-Yo Ban
Back on 21st January 1933 Syrian Prime Minister Haqqial-Azm banned yo-yos for fear they caused drought!
Never put a pair of shoes on a table.
This may have something to do with indicating the death of a person if their shoes were placed on the table it indicated they were not wearing them and in fact, were dead - in the days when people didn't have more than one pair of shoes I suppose.
Another belief common in the North of England is that the tradition relates to the coal mining industry. When a miner died in a colliery accident, his shoes were placed on the table as a sign of respect.
Holding your breath whilst passing a graveyard.
In some cultures, particularly Native American cultures it is thought risky to inhale whilst passing a burial ground in case you inhale somebody's soul.
Never ever 'cheers' with water.
A German superstition declares that if you 'cheers'; with water, you're wishing for death!
That's it, no more water for me!
I'll stick to wine it's much safer for everyone and I don’t want to anger those bad spirits!!
Stepping on a crack in the path.
Up and down the land school children can be seen to this day avoiding cracks in pathing stones for fear they would 'break their mother's back. A completed journey to school could result in good fortune for the rest of the day if no cracks were stepped on.
Don't sit at the corner of a table or else you will never get married.
Thought to be a Russian superstition, of which they are many strangely concerning corners too. It is believed that the corner is the point where energy good and bad is absorbed. Hence children are put in the naughty corner etc.
Whilst it may look cool given the infinite reflections in Mexico and elsewhere by facing two mirrors you are opening the doorway to the underworld allowing the devil to pass freely.
Eat twelve grapes one after the other.
It’s a Spanish tradition to eat 12 grapes one after the other on the strike of the bell at midnight to welcome the New Year. According to tradition, eating the twelve grapes leads to a year of good luck and prosperity and a fruitful harvest.
I wonder if wine counts.
In Argentina, it is said that combining wine with watermelon will cause certain death. It is the same in my house too!!
Never go straight home after a funeral
It is a tradition in the Philippines to always stop at a bar or restaurant on the way home from a funeral, the tradition is called 'pagpag'. The idea is that you avoid any bad spirits or demons following you home after the funeral.
Strange superstitions are a curious thing. Are you superstitious?
People have them all over the world, and they often vary from culture to culture. But what is it about superstitions that make us so adamant in our beliefs?
Why do we feel the need to follow these seemingly arbitrary rules?
There’s no definitive answer, but one theory is that humans are wired to believe in superstitions. Our brains are constantly looking for patterns and trying to find meaning in everything around us. So, when we see something happen twice in a row, our brain jumps to the conclusion that there must be a cause-and-effect relationship at work (even if there isn’t).
Therefore, people tend to become more superstitious when they’re experiencing stress or anxiety – their brain is already working overtime, so it’s easier for them to buy into irrational beliefs.
Whether you’re a believer or not, superstitions are an intriguing topic of conversation. So, we all know about the broken mirror or the unlucky number 13 but we want to know about the strange superstitions.
Remember not all superstitions bring bad luck some can bring good luck too.
Are you superstitious? Don't forget to let us know your family superstitions in the comments section below. we'd love to hear them...