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Believe It or Not Superstitions

Believe it or disregard it, laugh it off or avoid them at all cost. The choice is yours, but superstitions exist.

Believe it or not, these superstitions exist. No matter what, all superstitions are illogical, some are pure irrational and others, with some thought in it, actually could be passed on by our ancestors to discourage us from doing silly things.

Here are some examples of superstitions from around the world. It is just the tip of the ice berg, I am sure you can add more to the list.

Unlucky Numbers

  • The fear of the number 4, aka Tetraphobia. The pronunciation of that number in Korea, China, Japan, East-Asian and some Southeast-Asian countries, is similar to “death”. Thus it is not uncommon for buildings (including offices, apartments and hotels) to lack floors with the number 4. In Taiwan, there are no 4s or x4s for addresses, car number plates and almost everything numerically-related.
  • Here’s an example of an elevator in a residential apartment in Shanghai, China, where the number 4, 13 and 14 floors are missing
  • The fear of the number 13, aka Triskaidekaphobia. In the US and Canada, many tall buildings do not have a floor numbered 13.
  • We have heard and some feared Friday the 13th, but in Romania, Greece and some Spanish cultures, Tuesday the 13th is considered unlucky
  • In Australia, 87 is the unlucky number. In cricket especially, when the batting score is 87, 187 or 287, etc is considered unlucky scores. Being “down under”, Australians consider the reverse thus, 87 is 13 short of 100.
  • In Italy, 17 is their number to avoid, as in Roman 17 is written as XVII, which can be rearranged as “VIXI”, which in Latin means “I lived”
  • In Formula One and other racing categories, no vehicle carries the number 13

Unlucky Actions

  • Spilling salt is said to cause a fight or argument during the day
  • Breaking a mirror is said to bring 7 years of bad luck
  • A horseshoe placed above the doorway is said to collect luck when positioned like a regular “U”. In the opposite direction, it drains luck away.
  • Some Chinese cultures consider it bad luck to eat eggs before a major exam, the unfortunate student may get “zero” marks
  • In Sweden, it is considered bad luck to place keys on the table
  • In South Carolina, placing a hat on the bed bring bad luck
  • Cutting your nails in the night is a big no-no in some Indian cultures
  • Expectant mothers are not allowed to move house for fear of disfiguring the baby
  • Expectant mothers are also not allowed to sew or cut anything during the course of her pregnancy, again the fear of disfiguring the baby

And the list goes on… and on… and on…

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  1. the quail

    On June 18, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Namaste great article Rachel. Looking forward to more great articles from you. Well done my friend. LoL,don’t forget the one about crossing under a ladder either.

  2. Jotter Scalems

    On June 18, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Nice ones. :)

  3. Carmen

    On June 18, 2008 at 6:27 am

    I love this article. I come from a country that believes in superstitions. For example if you spill oil that is bad luck and you have to put salt on the oil to prevent bad luck. It is considered bad luck to open an umbrella in the house, or sweep the floor in the evening. We believe in the “eye” in fact all our boats have an eye at the front of the boat to keep away bad luck. These are just a few but we are very superstitious.

  4. Rachel

    On June 18, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hi Quail, Jotter and Carmen

    LOL… thanks for adding to the list… hope others will too :)

  5. RamTsam

    On June 18, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Good article. In India people consider 8 as bad number for vehicles.

  6. Christy Tuller

    On June 18, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Great article Rachel! I have also heard the one about crossing the path of a black cat. It is interesting to read about other superstitions around the world, thanks!

  7. Autumnrose

    On June 18, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Very interesting!

  8. Mystical Whitewolf

    On June 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Well informative article Rachel. Most of the superstitions I remember from my great grandmother. Interesting information regarding the ones I did not know. Can not wait to see what you write about next.

  9. quiet voice

    On June 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    ..Hi there, very interesting article.
    I remember hearing something about
    stepping on a crack in the sidewalk,
    being bad. Can’t remember the price
    you would pay if you did, wonder
    where that one started. Take care.

  10. Wanderer

    On June 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    to step on excrement brings good luck.

  11. Ruby Hawk

    On June 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    quiet voice, Step on a crack, break your mothers back.

    I grew up with a lot of superstitions. My grandmother would not let us go back in the house the way we came out if we had forgotten something. We had to use another door.

    Carman, We have those same superstitions in north Georgia and so many more. Another one, we could not sew on Sunday or we would have to pick out the stitches with our nose on Monday.(according to grandma)

  12. Rachel

    On June 18, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Ram, Christy, Quiet Voice, Wanderer, Ruby

    THANK YOU so much for adding to the list… there are hundreds out there… may have to start another list… heheh… it is good fun to find out more superstitions from other parts of the world. Makes our virtual world travel more enjoyable too :)

  13. Glynis

    On June 19, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Love this! now what do I do? I am UK born and the black cat is lucky so if it crosses your path your luck is in, I now live in Cyprus and the black cat is unlucky and you must not let it cross your path…the result of my question…I swerve all over the road so much the locals think I am drunk on village wine! HaHa Keep up the good work another great read from you Rachel

  14. Rachel

    On June 19, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Glynis
    hahahah… I say, do as the Romans do… hhehehe… have fun!

  15. Spectrum108

    On June 19, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Can anyone add their country’s superstitions to Rachel’s article? Should be fun to watch the list grow.

    Still can’t think of any Rachel. Too much of a “critical thinker” I guess. But after living in Asia and mostly Taiwan, my favorite number has become “4,” just to demonstrate against superstitions.

  16. nobert soloria bermosa

    On June 20, 2008 at 10:48 am

    on the contrary, 8-is a lucky # for Chinese,

  17. Rachel

    On June 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Hi S108 and Nobert

    Thanks for your contribution :)

  18. Angrified

    On August 14, 2008 at 8:16 am

    that was a good article. I enjoyed reading it.

  19. Pamela Wright

    On August 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    I great superstitions. I just thought of one that I was told when I was pregnant with my daughter by by grandmother on her father’s side of the family. One day I went to visit my sister and her mother was there. I was about to water her plants because they looked dry. She took the hose from me and told me that I would kill her plants if I watered them while I was pregnant. I could never go fishing with them because it was during the summer and everyone told me on several occasions that snakes can smell the mother’s milk and would be drawn to me. I don’t know if its true or not but I believe it. I hate snakes and that was all the incentive I needed not to want to go anymore. Great article! Just loved it.

  20. julian and nicole

    On August 28, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    if you drink milk while its cold you will get gray hair prematurely

    dont let your baby cross a bridge until its baptized or else your child will have bad luck forever

    cover all your mirrors at night-time or else you will see dead people in them and then they can hijack your body.

    don’t leave a donut whole or else you will choke on the donut

  21. kaliea

    On December 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    i am doing superstitions for a creative competition called oddessy of the mind and this page helped a million! i am so glad this was in the google search or else i wouldnt know any good superstitions for my competition!

  22. clear mea

    On June 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

    i’m searching my assignment in that super stitious

  23. Rachel Faye

    On June 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Hi Kaliea and clear mea

    Glad you found this article … it’s great fun to read what superstitions are found around the world.


    On November 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm


  25. velayan

    On February 4, 2010 at 2:13 am

    What our conscion agrees,becomes reality, created by our subconscion…..

  26. Mike

    On March 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    i once stayed in a hotel that didnt have a room 213 for some reason and it was a pretty old hotel so i think it was for some superstition like these ones.

  27. heheheh

    On May 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    good article rachel…..:D

  28. Joanne

    On June 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Is there any superstition of flickering lights

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