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“Thirteen month old baby broke the lookin’ glass”
These lines from the Stevie Wonder song “Superstition” jokingly sum up some of the most common superstitions in Western (and some other) cultures.
Broken mirrors and the number 13 are synonymous for bad luck, while picking a four-leaved clover and hanging a horse-shoe above your door are considered good luck.
If you kill an albatross (the bird, that is, not your fellow InterNations member!), your ship will sink, but a cat on board a ship guarantees a safe journey.
In Turkish and Middle Eastern culture, cutting hair and nails at night is wrong, says one InterNations member.
In some Latin American countries, single women are told to steer clear of the caretaker, because if he passes his broom over their feet, they will never get married.
What are common superstitions in your culture?
And where do they come from?
We are curious to read your comments on this or on any other thread in the InterNations World Forum.