Despite us knowing better, all of us would believe in something or the other which can be referred to as superstitious. While some maybe logical, most of them are based on things which are downright weird when you think about them.
Whatever your stance on superstitions, they are fascinating, and as such their origin is fascinating too. There are weird superstitions all across the world that affect how people act. Here are six of the stranger ones you'll run across.
Eat Grapes At Midnight For Good Luck
Eating at midnight? We'll take it.
In Spain when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, the superstitious eat 12 grapes for 12 months of good luck. They don't pray, no wishes for luck, but rather the assumption is that eating those 12 grapes will bring them ample luck for the rest of the year.
If A Bird Poops On You Or Your House, You'll Be Rich
There's a superstition in Russia, which is that bird defecation is great - only if done correct. If bird poop hits you, your car or even your house, you're in for a boatload of money. The more birds involved, the richer you'll be. Don't worry about the cleanup!
Related: 15 Weird Things That Happen In Japan
The Number 4 Is Incredibly Unlucky
In China, the number 4 and all its iterations (14, 24, etc.) are incredibly unlucky, as the Chinese pronunciation of the number is nearly identical to that of the word "death."
Places usually skip the "4," as can be seen in the image above.
If You Beat Animals, You'll Be Cursed With Hairy Babies
Beating animals should be illegal if it isn't already, but Romania takes the cake when it comes to bad karma. A traditional superstition is that if you beat animals, you’ll be cursed with hairy babies.
Don't Chew Gum At Night
Turkey makes the list for the weirdest of all superstitions. The Turkish people believe that "if you're chewing gum at night in Turkey, you're actually chewing the flesh of the dead." So one should avoid doing that and pop a breath mint instead. Also, what happens during the day if you're chewing some gum?
Gloves Are A Minefield Of Danger
Gloves are supposed to bring bad luck! That is, if you drop a glove and then pick it yourself. It should be your lover who picks it up for you. This belief dates back to the medieval times.
The Number 13
Four isn't the only unlucky number waiting to strike you down. People have a religious belief attached to this superstition. It is said that Judas, the bad disciple, was the 13th man to sit down for the Last Supper. People dread 13 so much that some buildings skip right over it and number their floors 11, 12, 14 (but probably not in China on that last number.)