According to Nature Center Magazine, a common superstition says that birds flying into homes through windows or flying into closed windows signifies that death is approaching. The most common form of this superstition is that birds, especially black birds, are an omen that a loved one is going to die soon.Know More
The origins of this superstition trace back to a time when society did not have scientific answers about how the world functions, according to Snopes. People noticed unusual occurrences and would not attribute them to coincidence but to a sign from a god. A bird flying into a home is a rare event, so a person is more likely to notice and remember it. If a loved one dies soon after this memorable event, a superstitious person is more likely to blame the bird than come to terms with the unpredictable nature of death. Superstitions are a tool societies use to attempt to control the unpredictable world around them.
The bird superstition is so prevalent that actress Lucille Ball refused to stay in hotel rooms with birds on the wallpaper, Nature Center Magazine says. Ball attributed her father's death to a bird that flew into their home in 1915. Others who believe the omen will not keep birds as pets and will go to great lengths to make their windows visible from the outside.Learn more about Paranormal
A wide range of past and present cultures have offered their own folkloric and religious methods for ridding homes of evil spirits, such as the Ancient Egyptian use of garlic, the Catholic practice of exorcism and the Irish-American practice of making jack-o'-lanterns. Originally carved from turnips, rutabagas or potatoes, the frightening appearance of these jack-o'-lanterns was supposed to drive evil spirits away, while at the same time serving as a marker for lost souls trying to find their way back to the spirit world.Full Answer >
While it is impossible to prove conclusively that no one has ever had true psychic abilities, such abilities have never been demonstrated in credible, repeatable laboratory experiments. Psychic powers, such as mind reading and remote viewing, are at odds with what science says should be possible.Full Answer >
Jack the Alligator Man is a fake mummified alligator and human hybrid on permanent display at Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Wash. According to legend, the mummy was once alive and part of a touring circus act. The operators of Marsh's purchased the figure from an antique dealer in 1967 for $750.Full Answer >
Popular theories for how an individual is transformed into a werewolf include being bitten by a werewolf; consuming the flesh of a werewolf; and consuming water that has been touched by a werewolf. Additional methods are being conceived on a new moon and being cursed.Full Answer >