10 Of The World’s Most Popular Superstitions

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People are intrinsically led to believe in the supernatural, or to be superstitious. It is human nature to find excuses for the bad things that happen. That is why all across the world, there are ridiculous religious beliefs, crazy sayings that become more than myth, and bizarre ideas about fertility and success. People believe in weird things like ghosts, demons, and the dream world. This list gives ten different examples of some of the most popular superstitions in the world.

Black Cats

This is one of the world’s oldest superstitions, and it traces back to the middle ages. Older single women usually had a lot of cats, just like older single women today. However, back in the middle ages, people assumed that if a woman was old and single, she was a witch. Witches were thought to be able to transform into cats themselves, and a black cat could supposedly be a witch.


And no, not breaking mirrors! It is actually believed by a lot of people that looking into a mirror can steal your soul. This means that pretty much everyone is soulless at this point.

Bird Poop

In Russia, being pooped on by a bird is actually a good thing. It can mean that riches are coming your way if a bird defecates on your car, you, or anything you own.

Fingers Crossed

Initially, crossing ones fingers was typically for good luck. The reason for this was that the crossing of fingers was to mimic the Christian cross. However, now crossing ones fingers is more often used as an excuse for telling lies; maybe they want to get lucky with their fib?


Bells are often rung during celebratory times such as after a wedding, or other special occasions. Although the initial thought might be that it is just to celebrate, it actually goes back to superstitious beliefs that the bells frighten evil spirits away.

The Number 13

The number 13 is often associated with bad luck, and many hotels or apartments won’t actually list a 13th floor. They will list a 12th floor and go straight to a 14th floor.

Friday The 13th

This superstition isn’t located in any particular part of the world, as it’s a worldwide phenomenon. The actual origins of this belief are unclear, but people avoid doing anything of significance on this day.

Umbrellas Indoors

It is believed by many that opening an umbrella indoors is basically asking for bad luck. There are many theories as to where this superstition originates from, but no one knows for sure.

Cannibalistic Gum Chewing

In Turkey, it is strongly believed that if you chew gum after dark, it is actually dead rotting flesh.

Knock On Wood

Many people knock on wood after saying something hopeful, and it’s believed that this superstition originated from the ancient belief that good spirits lived in trees.