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Superstitions

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...

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.