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Superstitions

Worst Wedding Day Ever: I Should Have Made a Run for the Border

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Weddings
Fiona Finn

Another odd moment was as I arrived at the church my grandma Beatty, my mother's mother, whispered in my ear that I didn't have to go through with this marriage. Did she know something I didn't?

Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | Posted 07.24.2014 | Comedy
Robert Julian

In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.

Yagana Shah

5 Bizarre Vintage Traditions We Still Uphold Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty

Without even noticing it, chances are you've followed some bizarre vintage traditions without even knowing their meanings. Some traditions pop up arou...

Not Everyone Views Friday the 13th As Unlucky

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion

Friday the 13th may be one of the most firmly rooted American superstitions -- along with black cats and walking under ladders. But where did the supe...

Freaky Friday: 13 Wacky Superstitions From Around The World

Marlo Thomas | Posted 08.13.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I can't say for sure why I've never been a 13th-o-phobe. Maybe it's because I grew up Catholic and celebrated "Good" Fridays every year -- even when they fell on the 13th. Or maybe it's because I now live in New York City, where the only bad luck you'll typically encounter -- like a Con Ed blackout or a cabbies' strike -- happen whenever they damn well please.

7 Bizarre Superstitions Many Of Us Still Believe

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.12.2014 | Fifty

"Step on a crack, break your mother's back." A silly childhood rhyme -- or an action you try to avoid because, well, you love your mother? Believe it ...

10 Craziest Superstitions From Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

People believe the nuttiest shit for no apparent reason. Photo by: Victor Bezrukov Perhaps an expression of our collective OCD, or our attempt at co...

150 Years Since Ulysses S. Grant's Superstition Won a War

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

The Overland campaign was one of the most decisive campaigns in American history on the 150th anniversary.

Alarming Resurgence In Exorcisms

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Aside from the dangers of discouraging those who need conventional mental health from seeking it, the practice of exorcisms also opens the door to financial exploitation of the vulnerable and naïve.

Unlucky #13? 2013's Most (or Least) Lucky Moments in Sports

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

For those like Joe Flacco, Rafael Nadal, Auburn, Sporting Kansas City, Team Oracle and many others, 2013 turned out to be one hell of a lucky year.

Harajuku's Magic Wishing Well Draws Crowds Rain or Shine

Gail Nakada | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Beautiful Meiji Shrine is already on most tour itineraries. The perfect stop before or after a ramble through Harajuku. Two very different -- but always compatible -- sides of this culture.

Confessions of a Superstitious Wedding Planner

Sandy Malone | Posted 02.01.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Now let me be clear -- I do not push these superstitions on my clients. If anything I shy away from showing how weird I am to those who are paying me.

The Upside Of Being Superstitious

Polly Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

We know the beliefs and ideas we hold go a long way toward shaping our reality. Though they are merely thoughts, our behavior springs from them creating tangible results. If we think ourselves lucky, we will take on behaviors that create luck.

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...

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.

Would You Fly Flight 666 To Hel On Friday The 13th?

AP | DAVID MAC DOUGALL | Posted 09.13.2013 | Travel

HELSINKI -- Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on...

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...