Do you feel bad luck chasing you when the black cat of your neighborhood crosses your way? Do you feel doomed when someone just sneezes right before leaving the doorstep of your house? Well even in today’s era of smartphones and information technology, superstitions still do persist in the hearts and minds of many.
Cannibalistic gum chewing in Turkey: In certain parts of Turkey, it is believed that chewing gum at night rots dead flesh! Now does that make you think twice when you whip out your chewing gum?
Cheese for the newborn? : You might have heard of cheddar, pepper jack or Swiss cheese. But groaning cheese is something you might not have heard of before. In Medieval England, pregnant moms made a large chunk of cheese that continued to mature for a period of nine months as the unborn child kept growing. The time of childbirth referred to as ‘groaning time’ would be the marked as an occasion of celebration when this cheese would be eaten by the entire family leaving nothing of the cheese but just the outer rind. It is through this mind that the newborn would be passed on the day of being christened as he would be blessed for a prosperous and long life!- A cheesy superstition indeed!
Bird poop to bring you riches! : Commonly believed in Russia, if you have a bird pooping over you, it’s a sigh of good luck that could bring you riches! So take it as a blessing when a bird poops on you!
Carried on from the generations, superstitions have certainly been a part and parcel in shaping the culture and society. Be it the urban legends, old wives' tales or just scary stories, each of these has a legend of their own!