Nevertheless, there are beliefs for almost all aspects of everyday life and let me tell you most of them are “ridiculous”.
Well, sometimes they are logical (for example, “don’t walk under a ladder”) but most of the time they are silly.
However, I’ve decided to share some of them with you my dear readers…
Here are few bizarre beliefs from around the world.
- Did you know that it’s bad luck to chase someone with a broom?
In the fourteenth century, brooms were associated with witches, as they used them as a way of transportation. Which is why to this day, it is still considered bad luck to chase someone around with a broom.
- If you want to get pregnant, don’t even think about eating lettuce.
In the 19th century, English men avoided salads if they wanted to start a family. It was believed that since lettuce was a ‘sterile’ plant, it would also make men sterile.
- If a candle blows out, evil spirits are nearby.
Or.. an open window is nearby
- Birds, bring it on! Did you know that if a bird poos on your house, you’ll be rich?
There is a belief in Russia that if a bird poos on you, your car or your property it’s good luck, and may bring you riches. Can you believe it?
- Tuck your thumbs in if you pass a graveyard
In Japan, if you walk by a graveyard, you must tuck your thumbs in to protect your parents. This is because the Japanese word for thumb literally translates as “parent-finger”. So by hiding tucking them in you are protecting your parents from death.
- Go to hospital on a Wednesday.
According to The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, an old wives tale says the best day to go to hospital is a Wednesday. Monday is the best day to leave and Saturday is the worst – as it means you’ll soon be back.
- Eat grapes at midnight for good luck
On New Year’s Eve in Spain, not everyone kisses as the clock strikes twelve. The superstitious eat twelve grapes at midnight for 12 months of good luck. Now, that’s not too bad…
So what do you think of these beliefs ? Weird or not?