Things That Are Considered Bad Luck

So, 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.
The Top Ten
Black cats

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.

I love black cats, I'm not sure they are bad luck thou.

I'm not necessarily saying they are. They just seemed like the best choice to start with.

I don't think that's true, I have a black cat.

Broken mirrors

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.

The number 13

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.

all I know is I got my first "time of the month" on my 13th birthday, so 13 sucked for me, I was like really? it had to be today? really?, so I am not a fan of the number 13 because now my life sucks.

the year that I was 13 was one of the worst years for me.

Green paint

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.

This all depends on who you ask, I guess. But coming from me, the answer is, "No."

Stopped clocks

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 stoped in my house yesterday and I was running around my house till I found one.

if one of my clocks starts getting a little slow, I find a new batterie.

Opening an umbrella inside

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.

Fireflies

According to Victorian superstitions, if you bring a firefly or lightning bug into your house, it means someone is gonna die soon.

That sounds kind of unlikely anyway though. I live surrounded by forest and I have never seen such an insect in my house.

Well, kids catch them and put them in jars (to bring them exactly in their house, even if temporarily.)

Hanging a horseshoe upside down

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.

I can't say I believe it myself, but if you believe this one (or any other, for that matter,) I am not gonna criticize you for it.

Bringing an ax inside your home

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. -_-

because it's not safe.

Friday the 13th

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,) including Jesus,
Wikipedia also has Norse mythology as the potential origin, although there is nothing about Fridays.

believe it or not, Friday the 13th has sometimes been better than all the other days.

well it sure was bad for the people in the movie, LOL.

What does the movie have to do with anything about the superstition?

oh my gosh, I thought the same thing about the movie, the people in that movie sure where unlucky. #friday the 13th.

The Contenders
The number 666

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.

A bird in your house

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.

Spilled salt

I thought this was good luck.

It's complicated. If a ton of it is spilled from a salt shaker because it's loose, it's bad. If (as said in the reply to the comment under this one,) it's a bit of salt over your left shoulder, it supposedly counters the bad luck.

But salt is thebestuser's favorite food

It is said u have to throw the salt over your left shoulder or right I can’t remember which one it is. Or u will have bad luck

Just spilling it is an evil omen, which can be prevented by throwing a pinch of it typically over your left shoulder.

Hat on the bed

A superstitious belief that leaving a hat on the bed will bring death within the household.

Well, I slept in bed with a hat on last night, so I guess either one of my parents or I, will have an early grave.

New shoes on a table

I think this means that you'll have relationship issues.

Close. New shoes on a table can negatively affect future prosperity. But not-so-new shoes on a table invites a quarrel or just regular bad luck. (For a change, they're not a harbinger of death.)

that's just rude, putting your shoes on the table, (yes I know they're new shoes, but it's still rude)

A rocking chair

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.

Blood moon

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.

it sure was bad news on the Disney show big city greens.

Walking under a ladder

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.

Number 4

Isn't this the last number in Chinese?

It’s the Chinese number for death.

How do you know that? I'm not questioning your credibility and looked it up myself, but how did you learn that?

yet people yell it all the time when they play golf, what's up with that? LOL.

Black crows

I have a lot of crows around my house, is that why I'm so unlucky?

I have said this before, but I am not superstitious, but black crows on a sunny day mean almost certain death (but I'm sure you'll be fine.)

I have a lot of them, but I'm not scared.

Saying good luck

Contradictory, I'm guessing?

Yep. In fact, actors would actually wish each other bad luck, with hopes that reverse psychology would actually bring them good luck.

Saying pig on a boat

I thought the same thing about moana, thank you, I am not the only one to think that.

So that's why Moana left the pig at the island after leaving?

For some reason, my first reply didn't show up. To answer your question, that's the only remotely logical explanation I can think of. The ironic thing is superstitions aren't logical at all.

Never heard of this one I don’t think this would come up much anyway though.

And also it is said that u can’t hum or whistle the word either or bad weather or u will catch less fish.

Celebrating your birthday before your actual birthday

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.

I'm not getting how this is bad luck.

Well, it's not considered bad luck nowadays, but as the superstition goes, it's not a guarantee that you make it to your next birthday, so celebrating it beforehand foreshadows (you guessed it,) death.

An unmade bed

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.

how is this bad luck? lazy yes, but I'm not sure how it's bad luck, could you tell me? thank you.

my dad never makes his bed, he always has me do it, lazy.

An upside down penny

at one time or another isn't every penny upside down?

Yes, but if you see one upside down, as the superstition goes, flip it over and leave it for the next person.

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