Many superstitious beliefs have a basis in practicality and logic, if not exact science. They were often practical solutions to something unsafe and eventually turned into superstitions with bad luck as the result. For example, opening an umbrella indoors is thought to be bad luck, but in Victorian England, unfurling a large metal spoke umbrella inside was easily a hazard to small children or fragile items.
Another common superstition that does have basis in magical beliefs is that of walking beneath a ladder. The belief, which comes from Egyptian culture, is that a ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle and the triangle represented their gods. However, avoiding walking beneath a ladder also has plenty of practical application, as the person walking beneath it could easily knock it down.
Beginner's luck has a certain amount of scientific validity as it seems to reinforce the idea that gambling is ultimately about luck, and that professional gamblers spend so much time analyzing their choices that they end up losing anyway. Whereas the beginner is usually playing for fun and not putting effort into winning. A similar psychological superstition is bad luck coming in threes. After one piece of bad luck happens, the victim is likely to look harder for the next two pieces of bad luck.Learn More
According to superstition, you should throw spilled salt over your left shoulder to ward off the Devil. Spilled salt is a symbol of bad luck, and the tradition holds that the Devil waits to pounce on anyone so unlucky. Tossing the salt in his face will ward him off.Full Answer >
A second toe longer than the big toe has been associated with dependability, conservative views and keeping one's emotions in check. It is commonly called "Morton's toe" after the American orthopedic surgeon, Dudley Joy Morton. However, it is also known as "Greek toe."Full Answer >
All of the colors of pins in a voodoo doll stand for something. There are seven colors of pins used for voodoo dolls, which are yellow for success or money, white for positivism, pink for death, red for power, purple for spirituality, green for peacefulness, blue for love and black for repelling negative energy.Full Answer >
A bird hitting a windshield is an extension of the superstition that a bird flying into a home is an omen of death. The superstition surrounding birds hitting car windshields is likely a recent evolution of this superstition because cars have only been common since the last half of the 20th century.Full Answer >