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Why are you not supposed to put a hat on a table or bed?

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There is a superstition associated with hats saying that a hat left on a bed or a table brings bad luck. When a hat is left on the bed it is said to bring a quarrel into the house by the end of the day.

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One possible explanation for these superstitions is that they were created when lice were more prevalent. Keeping hats off tables and beds was a way of preventing lice from spreading. There is also a supernatural explanation claiming that evil spirits live in the hair. Other hat superstitions include the belief that wearing a hat inside brings headaches and that women who wear hats in church receive bad luck.

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