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.Know More
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 about Superstition
There are several ways of removing the negative effects of karma and these include meditation, purification, avoiding negative thoughts and by gaining wisdom, according to the View on Buddhism website. Karma simply means "action" in Sanskrit. Buddhism takes this definition a step further calling it as the motivation and intention behind the action, according to the words of Buddha himself.Full Answer >
There are varying beliefs and superstitions concerning an itch on the left hand. According to Italian superstition, an itch on the left hand is a sign of coming into money. An old wives' tale claims that an itch on the left hand indicates a forthcoming letter, and yet another superstitious belief holds that if the left palm itches, money is about to leave an individual's hands.Full Answer >
The exact origin of 13's status as an unlucky number is unclear. Some possibilities are Judas's arrival at the Last Supper, the occasional occurrence of calendar years with 13 full moons, or its status in the Sumerian numerical system.Full Answer >
Ouija boards do exist, but there is no scientific evidence that they really allow users to contact spirits. According to the Smithsonian, many psychologists and researchers believe that the users subconsciously move the planchette to make the boards work. This is called the ideometer effect, or unconscious movement.Full Answer >