"The root of all superstition is that men observe when one thing hits, but not when it misses"-Francis Bacon.
Top 10 Funny Superstitions from Around the World
Even though the definition of superstition in a dictionary stands for : “ a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown , trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation”, most of us, one time or another, one way or another cannot help but give it a chance…..just in case… you never know.
Sometimes, superstitions’ power is so strong that people don’t even realize the extent to which they are overruled by them and superstitions become rituals in these people’s lives, just like the normal daily routine. These believes are rooted so deep in the unconscious that should a very superstitious person stop performing his rituals this would result in moderate to severe anxiety sometimes. And I am not speaking about people with mental disorders, but actually about the average normal person.
But what is the driving force behind superstitions? According to Dr. Stuart Vyse, PhD:
“Wanting more control or certainty is the driving force behind most superstitions. We tend to look for some kind of a rule, or an explanation for why things happen. “Sometimes the creation of a false certainty is better than no certainty at all, and that is what much of the research suggests.”
I remember, when I was a college student, me and my best friend had this funny superstition/ritual ( I have no idea where it came from or how we ended up so hooked to it). Every time we would see a white horse, anywhere (even if it happened to be in the middle of the street) we would turn around three times, as according to my friend it would bring good luck. It was enough only once to get a good grade in an exam after we had happened to do our silly routine, for us to believe, it DID work.
Looking back at it now, it makes me smile.
But like me and my friend there are plenty of people around the world who time, on various occasions, resort to superstitions as sedative for their insecurities and fears.
Here I want to share some of the funniest and weird superstitions you can encounter around the world.
Collect seven or nine different flowers on midsummer eve and place them under your pillow. If you do this you are going to dream about your future husband.
In some part of the country rum is used to wash a baby’s head for good luck (you don’t have to wonder why if, afterwards, the baby sleeps non stop for some hrs…lol)
If you compliment someone on their looks or other character good qualities you have to spit three times on the person, to keep away evil spirits and bad luck (speaking from personal experience, not a nice experience…lol, even though, for truth’s sake, it must be said that the action is not literal spitting, it is more pretending to do that).
A cat sneezing brings good luck to all the ones that hear it.
Don’t shake hands or kiss across a threshold. This symbolizes a break in the relationship with the other person.
Two half-filled spoons of salt in a crossed position delays the onset of rain (worth trying for all you folks planning vacation …lol)
You must eat lentils immediately after New Year’s eve if you want the new year to be lucky.
If you lie down immediately after eating you will become a cow (by now most people should have started to moo…lol)
An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy left palm means you will have to give money.
In the Netherlands, cats were not allowed in rooms where private family discussions were going on. The Dutch believed that cats would definitely spread gossips around the town.