Black cats, broken mirrors and Friday the 13th are considered unlucky. Quiz yourself and find out why.
Sources: OldSuperstitions.com, Trivia-Library.com
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Round 1: Bad luckFear of Friday the 13th can trace its origins to:
One story behind Friday the 13th being unlucky comes from Christs crucifixion having taken place on a Friday, and that Judas, the disciple who betrayed him, was the 13th person at the Last Supper.
The superstitious toss spilt salt over their what?
Salt is important for preserving food, and used to be such a valuable thing that spilling any of it was considered unlucky. (Kind of like you might feel if you lost a $20 bill.) Superstitious people toss spilt salt over their left shoulder allegedly to ward off evil spirits.
Before they were bad luck, black cats held special significance for the ancient:
Ancient Egyptians held that the goddess Bast took the form of a black cat. Centuries later in Europe and North America, black cats became associated with witchcraft, and it was said that if one crossed your path it would block your way to heaven.
According to Roman tradition, why seven years of bad luck for a broken mirror?
It comes from an old Roman belief that every seven years, youre literally a new person.
If you walk under a ladder, youre said to go against:
Tradition holds that the triangle formed by the ladder and the ground represents the three beings of the Trinity. To walk through it is said to go against God.
Round two: Good luckWhich is NOT a theory behind the luckiness of horseshoes?
However, Thors eight-legged horse was said to fly and may be the origin of Santas eight flying reindeer.
Which of a rabbits feet is said to be the luckiest?
Rabbits were revered in ancient Europe for their cleverness at hiding and speed at running. Since a rabbits hind feet touch the ground before its front feet while running, they were the most prized.
Are four-leafed clovers really rare?
Youll find a one four-leafed clover for every 10,000 three-leafed ones, so in that sense you are lucky to find one.
People say, Bless you owing to an old superstition that this happens when you sneeze:
The idea was that your essence, your breath of life exited your body, and that if you werent blessed in that moment that evil spirits would rush in instead.
Which side of the bed should you get out of for good luck?
The Romans thought that the right side was your good side, and the left side was your evil side. This is also why they stepped into battle with their right feet (putting their best foot forward) and mistrusted people who were left-handed.
Keeping your fingers crossed is said to be a symbol of:
The superstitious thought making a cross with their fingers would ward off evil spirits.