Most people aren’t exactly strangers to superstitions. You probably have some weird set of believes that somehow unconsciously end up dictating your behaviour too. Maybe you stepped around the ladder instead of walking under it, or perhaps it’s something as simple as a lucky pencil you use in tests. Maybe you’re a psychopath who likes to maul little fluffy rabbits so you can keep their little fluffy feet on your psychotic person, whatever. I’m not here to judge you. But you’ll be pleased to know that you’re not alone in your flawlessly logical endeavours. Here is a list of the oddest superstitions from around the world;
There’s a long held belief in Turkey that if you chew gum after midnight, you’re actually chewing zombie flesh. Question is, when does ‘after midnight’ stop? Also, why does zombie flesh taste so good? We might never know.
In China the number ‘4’ sounds very close to the word ‘death’ so they avoid it religiously. You will often come across buildings where there’s no 4th floor or any of its iterations like 14 or 24 etc.
The best way to win your Russian lovers heart is to give them an even number of flowers, even better if they’re yellow. Not really, you’re better off giving them chocolates because in Russia, an odd number of flowers are given during funerals and the colour yellow is often associated with infidelity.
It is believed that if you put your wallet or purse on the floor, you’ll be losing money. I have my doubts that it may have more to do with the fact that most restaurant and bar floors are just nasty.
Apparently opening and closing scissors without cutting anything or leaving them open can invite bad luck. I thought this was just to frighten young impressionable minds into observing safety precautions until I read that sleeping with scissors under your pillow are said to relieve you of your nightmares… and possibly your fingers.
During thunderstorms children are told to hide their stomachs while sleeping otherwise the God of thunder, Raijin, would steal their stomachs and eat them. Oh Japan, why wouldn’t you have belly eating thunder gods?
Women are told to avoid meat of goats lest they grow beards. It may also be that the men just want to hog all that delicious tender meat for themselves.
- United States
Many of the farm houses from the 19th century had slanted windows. It was believed that witches couldn’t enter with their brooms through such windows. Countersteering wasn’t a thing back in the day.
- South Korea
It is believed that if you run a fan in a closed room it will kill you. This belief is so widespread that most electric fans come with auto-shutoff timers. Apparently “Save electricity” wasn’t quite as effective.
You can collect broken dishes all year round to throw them at the houses of friends and family on New Year’s Eve. The more dishes the better. And in a fit of passive aggressive rage you can also shout “And good luck to you with your new wife” as you try to hurl an ‘I <3 you’ mug through their window.