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All Those Ridiculous Superstitions Explained

Posted 10.31.2013 | Comedy

John Green returns to Mental Floss' list series, this time explaining all those superstitions that make no sense whatsoever. Apparently, we're taking...

Let the Superstitions Fly

Fly.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Fly.com

Here's a countdown of the 10 weirdest superstitious rituals (designed to ensure a safe flight), that we have heard. In the interest of preserving the dignity of those who were kind enough to share, however, we are keeping all quotes anonymous!

This Little Dog Might Change How You Think About Mortality

Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living

They say you should walk a mile in someone else's shoes to understand another perspective. But they never said anything about paws. Yet this is exa...

21 Weird Food Superstitions

Bon Appetit | Posted 09.18.2013 | Taste
Bon Appetit

You should probably consider these 21 superstitions so you don't end up unmarried, childless, friendless, or worse.

Fitness and Friday the 13th Superstitions

Penny Love | Posted 11.11.2013 | Sports
Penny Love

Superstitions abound in the fitness world. They usually evolve accidentally when an athlete has a good -- or sometimes bad -- performance and then attempts to establish cause and effect by reviewing the facts of the performance.

50 Fun Facts About Weddings You Probably Didn't Know

The Knot | Posted 11.10.2013 | Weddings
The Knot

Everyone's got a know-it-all in the family: the uncle who spits out World Series stats at the drop of a hat, the sister who can list all the James Bond flicks in reverse chronological order, the reptile-enthusiast cousin. We're proud to be your wedding equivalent.

14 Common And Crazy Wedding Superstitions

www.babble.com | Posted 07.16.2013 | Weddings

There are superstitions about everything — unlucky dates to the color of the cat that just walked past you! There is no real easy way to trace back ...

What My Superstitious Wife Demanded Before Our Wedding Day

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.10.2013 | Weddings

The number 13 is often considered unlucky -- some buildings skip the 13th floor, and many people fear Friday the 13th. Some brides and grooms are even...

The World's Weirdest Superstitions

Travel + Leisure | Posted 08.12.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

If you buy flowers to thank a host in Russia, think twice about the color and number lest you offend. Yellow represents infidelity, while Russians giv...

Ukraine's Freezing Winter Baptismal Holiday

Miles Atkinson | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

January 19 is a holiday in the Orthodox tradition commemorating the baptism of Jesus. On this day all the waters become holy. Believers, revelers, and exhibitionists alike wade out naked into the rivers and lakes in a ritualistic freezing bath.

Of Doomsday Preppers, the Planet Nibiru and Mayan Long-Count Calendar End-Timers

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

"There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now I, f...

Jason Linkins

CNBC, A Financial News Network, Is Pretty Sure That A Brief Appearance From Raul Grijalva Devastated The Dow Jones Yesterday, For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

The biggest one-day drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average occurred Sept. 29, 2008, when Congress ganked on its first attempt to pass...

What Are Some Famous Curses or Bad Luck Streaks?

Quora | Posted 01.14.2013 | Sports
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Devereaux Heshmatpour The Madden Curse Prior to 1999, all the Electronic Arts Madden video games ...

PHOTOS: Bring A Black Cat Home With You For Halloween

Posted 12.26.2012 | Denver

Black cats kind of get a bad rep. Superstition mandates that you don't let one cross your path, but we're really hoping that you do. (See the ab...

Chaucer (and Others) on Friday the 13th

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 09.12.2012 | Weird News
Meg Waite Clayton

The explanation for 13 being an unlucky number seems to have to do with it being one beyond the perfect 12: hours on the clock, months of the year, apostles of Christ.... Others seem to think it may have something to do with Judas being the 13th -- and last -- to sit at the table.

What Science Says About Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Posted 07.13.2012 | Science

By: Remy Melina Published: 07/13/2012 09:01 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries The number 13 is synonymous with bad luck. It's considered unlucky to...

WATCH: The Best #MyDumbSuperstition Tweets

Posted 09.12.2012 | Comedy

In honor of Friday the 13th, Jimmy Fallon decided to run a very special edition of his Late Night Hashtags. The theme was #MyDumbSuperstition and it b...

Why Friday the 13th Is a Very Lucky Day, Indeed!

Donna Henes | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Up until the patriarchal revolution, both Fridays and 13s were held in the very highest esteem. Both the day and the number were associated with the Great Goddesses, and therefore, regarded as the sacred essence of luck and good fortune.

What Gets You Lucky?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, activate your luck by sending a photo of your good luck charm and a short description of what it does for you to women@huffingtonpost.com.

Making Deals With God, Superstitions And Karma

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Barbara Greenberg

In my efforts to make deals with God and engage in superstitious behavior maybe I'm simply trying to ensure my good karma. I now truly understand this word.

Beware: It's Only The First Friday The 13th Of 2012

Posted 01.13.2012 | Home

Beware: It may be the first Friday the 13th of the year, but it won't be the last. The superstitiously unlucky day is set to creep up two more time...

13 Intriguing Friday the 13th Factoids!

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2012 | Weird News
Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.

The fear of Friday is skeviphobia, the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia, and the fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia (aka friggatriskaidekaphobia).

David Lohr

Unlucky 39: Cars With Wrong Number In Afghanistan Associated With Prostitution

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 01.03.2012 | Weird News

Some people go to extreme lengths to avoid black cats and broken mirrors. Afghanis assign significance to one particular two-digit number. Just as...

First-Hand Food: The Black Art of Bluefish

Tamar Haspel | Posted 11.27.2011 | Home
Tamar Haspel

Kevin put the boat in neutral, got the rod out of the holder, and fought the fish up to the boat. It was a beautiful seven-pound bluefish. "The pants were too hot," he told me, grinning. "Maybe they were the problem."

Flying On Friday The 13th: Live From The Superstitious Skies

AOL Travel News | Posted 07.13.2011 | Travel

Flying on Friday The 13th. Has it scared flyers away? Not particularly. I'm on Delta Airlines flight 1629 as I write this, and I've got the scoop from...