Things That Are Considered Bad LuckSo, All Hallows' Eve, aka Halloween is at the end of October, and I am mostly doing this for the fun of it, as I find the origins of superstitions interesting. I should have titled this one as "Things That are Considered Bad Luck and Why they Got Known as Bad Luck," or something, but I'll make do with this title. Anyway, feel free to submit various things that mean bad luck (and if you can, maybe spell out why they are considered bad luck,) but this is just some October fun.
We've all heard that it's a bad omen if a black cat crosses your path, so I figured I'd start there. In the 17th century, black cats were associated with witchcraft, and people thought they were basically witches themselves, just disguised as cats. Although I think we're smarter than 17th-century people, this association is still the main reason that black cats don't get adopted as much as other cats.
This is false. My cousin owns a black cat. And sometimes it (the cat) stays with my dad's parents and I was having a sleepover there and the cat was staying there too.It didn't cause me bad luck there. And my cousin has had the cat for a while now.
"If a black cat crosses your path, it means they gotta go do cat stuff" God Dammit yall are smarter than this superstition, it's stupid and mean.
I love black cats, I'm not sure they are bad luck thou.
Supposedly, looking at yourself in a broken mirror breaks your soul into pieces, and because the soul is in pieces, it is not completely able to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. This is nonsense, considering the fact that the soul is unbreakable. Maybe you disagree with that verdict, but just roll with it okay? Let's just treat that statement as objective fact for a second: If the soul is unbreakable, you can look at your self through a distorted mirror all you want, and you will not face having to ward off evil.
I did this once, and my life was just as crappy as it was before I broke it.
In many nations, 13 is obviously considered unlucky. Italy, China, and France actually consider 13 a lucky number, but let's focus on the rest of the world: Wikipedia actually has a LOT of examples for why 13 is considered unlucky by most. The best example is the Last Supper had 13 people (Christ included) seated and was the last meal Jesus had before being crucified. There are a lot more scenarios that put an emphasis on why 13 is unlucky, like Knights Templar, which happened on (surprise) Friday the thirteenth, and King Phillip IV ordered the arrest of Knights Templar, and most knights were tortured or killed.
Throughout the 18th century, synthetic green dyes were made with a newly discovered compound called cupric hydrogen arsenic. Though the widespread publication of arsenic in 1822 finally alerted the public to its dangers, some superstitious homeowners view green walls as a bad omen even today. The ironic thing is green is also considered good luck.
Is that true? Because when I see the color green I think of Christmas.
Remember that save the clock tower flier Marty McFly got in the first Back to the Future? According to Feng-shui superstition, broken clocks are more powerful than you think. Feng shui implies that a broken clock can stop time itself, and therefore basically leave you in the Twilight Zone for eternity. And if a broken clock chimes, it's a form of foreshadowing your death. I can testify that neither of those is the case. For one, I have a dysfunctional wristwatch floating around my house somewhere, and I am not living in limbo. I also have a semi-functional watch under my bed. That thing goes off everyday. I am not even close to dead.
One stopped in my house yesterday and I was running around my house till I found one.
I have a stopped clock in the bathroom...
This one goes back to ancient Egypt actually. In ancient Egypt, if you brought anything that protects you from the weather inside, it was considered disrespectful to the spirits that protected you. The implication was this guardian spirit's protection is not good enough, and the fear of the wrath of these wonderful spirits has been enough to keep people even nowadays from opening umbrellas inside, even if the origin is forgotten. I, being my ever so non-superstitious self have run this risk. So far, there have been no further contingencies in my life.
I don't know why it's bad luck, I have always been told it was so I just never did it.
I did this once, I don't know what I was thinking.
That sounds kind of unlikely anyway though. I live surrounded by forest and I have never seen such an insect in my house.
According to Victorian superstitions, if you bring a firefly or lightning bug into your house, it means someone is gonna die soon.
Although I forgot which group of superstitious people this one came from (and will modify this comment when I research it,) I remember the logic behind it: supposedly, if you have a horseshoe, hung upside down, the luck will fall out of it.
This is one I believe in. No point in asking why, because I don't know.. It's an irrational belief I can't seem to undo.
Okay, before I get into details, unless you are a professional lumberjack, or have some experience with using axes, this is just stupid in the first place. As for the bad luck behind bringing an ax into your house can bring death. I wonder how this became logic. -_-
This is more or less a more specific version of "The Number 13", but okay. As I said with The number 13, there are many potential origins for this one. The whole Knights Templar thing is the one I find most likely, for obvious reasons, but there is also the Last Supper having 13 people at the table (on what is now known as Good Friday,) and one of them (Jesus) was put to death shortly after. (But he conquered the greave.)
Wikipedia also has Norse mythology as the potential origin, although there is nothing about Fridays.
You've gotta wonder what TopTenners (or people in general) who have pet birds think about this one. Supposedly, if a bird flies into your house, (especially through a window,) it foreshadows- you guessed it- death. I can tell you firsthand that this one ain't true. When I was maybe six, my family somehow managed to let a crow into our house. Don't ask me how we let it in, but everyone who lived in my house at the time is still fine.
Man, I've seen a lot of birds fly in my classrooms.
Not sure how to make this an item but mentioning that something bad hasn't happened.
More "superstitions" that many see as more than that. It's not as much "unlucky" as it is one of the many harbingers of Jesus. I actually missed a Blood Moon last year, because I was watching the Super Bowl.
I feel like anything that has to do with blood is bad, also I love your lists HaiThere, they are always so much fun.
I used to have to do this because my family didn't want to have to come to a party on a weekday, so I had to have my birthday on a sunday every year, ( none of the women in my family had job anyway, so they could have came on a weekday) and I could never have a birthday on my real birthday, only if it feel on a sunday, anyway, I am still alive.
This originated in Germany, and some Germans don't give children their gifts until the day after their birthday.
Have done this several times, don't know if it caused me bad luck though.
I'm not getting how this is bad luck.
I thought this was good luck.
I would not even say this numbers if they are all in a row, I'll say 667 or 665, but never you know.
The Mark of the Beast. I was actually trembling a little when I typed that number up.
I don't think so, but that's just me, good list, by the way, good job HaiThere.
I will not say it, I am no fool.
I have a lot of crows around my house, is that why I'm so unlucky?
I have a lot of them, but I'm not scared.
A superstitious belief that leaving a hat on the bed will bring death within the household.
I think this means that you'll have relationship issues.
I have seen a lot of horror movies where rocking chairs have moved on there own, so I don't have any inside or outside of my home.
An empty rocking chair is an invitation for ghosts to enter your home. I did a project on that once.
I feel the same whey, that's why I don't have any.
Some people actually think this superstition was made by parents. If you don't make your bed, or are even interrupted while making it, that could doom you to a bad night's sleep. And let's face it: An unmade bed just looks bad, anyway.
I have also done this one. (Surprised?) I think this one has a bunch of theoretical origins, from Christians believing that if you walk through a triangle, you are somehow breaking the Godhead to Ancient Egyptians believing that this is disrespectful to the gods. (Man, Ancient Egyptians must have lived their lives very paranoid. You couldn't do anything without upsetting spirits or the gods.) It's also just generally speaking not a bright idea, especially if the said ladder is a rickety one that needs to lean against your house to climb it.
I walk all the way around it.
I have done it.
Isn't this the last number in Chinese?
It's the Chinese number for death.
I thought the same thing about moana, thank you, I am not the only one to think that.
Never heard of this one I don't think this would come up much anyway though.
So that's why Moana left the pig at the island after leaving?
Because arranged marriages were custom, and fear that the groom would back out because he didn't find the bride attractive.