Love them, hate them, or even think they’re the stupidest things ever…. we’ve all encountered superstitions. What you probably haven’t encountered, is just how bizarre these superstitions can be. We put together the top five weirdest superstitions from all around the world.
In Sweden they have circuits in the city to mark fresh water with ‘k’ and sewage with ‘a’. It is also believed that ‘k’ predicts love, and ‘a’ predicts broken love. Consequently, pedestrians purposely choose routes with as many ‘k’s’ as possible, to avoid the bad luck of broken love.
It feels like this was made, so people wouldn’t have to literally be walking over shit in the sewage. Although I’m a bit cynical, I do think this one is super cute. I mean who would expect anything less from the country that provides delectable chocolate, and even better vodka. You do you, Sweden.
In Qatar it is believed that spiders had the power to control and extinguish house fires so they should not be killed.
Qatar, please take as many spiders from Australia as you like! We have thousands of fire controlling spiders that are extremely unappreciated by Australians. They’re often attacked, swept away or even killed! (Shocking, I know). Sincerely, every single arachnophobe ever.
It’s bad luck to open and close scissors without cutting anything, and it’s even worse to leave them open. Egyptians also believe that sleeping with scissors under your pillow can stop nightmares.
Wait a second, how is this safe? I’m pretty sure there’s a huge risk of getting stabbed in your sleep by those scissors under your pillow, especially if you constantly toss and turn. Pretty sure the fear accidentally stabbing yourself in your sleep will only make those nightmares worse. So the bad luck isn’t in opening scissors when you’re conscious, but rather placing your head extremely close to them when you’re unconscious…
In Yemen a pregnant woman can determine the gender of her baby by throwing a snake in the air. If the snake lands on it’s back it’s a girl, if a snake lands on its stomach it’s a boy.
You have to wonder how the hell people come up with these things, right? Firstly, who thought it was a good idea to let a pregnant woman anywhere near a snake, let alone throw it? Pretty sure that snake’s going to be super mad it’s getting thrown around, and it probably won’t end so well for the pregnant lady.
Pregnancy and poisonous snakes don’t quite go together like peanut butter and jelly. Besides, it’s common knowledge that snakes are never to be trusted.
In Japan children are cautioned to hide their stomachs during thunderstorms, especially before sleeping. It is said that if you’re not careful, Raijin (the god of thunder) will steal and eat your belly button during a storm.
I love this. I honestly thought Spirited Away had the weirdest concepts about ghosts and spirits, but this is on a whole other level, it’s a winner. Why is Raijin eating children’s belly button’s anyway? Do they not taste as good as an adult’s belly button? And what good are belly buttons anyways? Do we even need them? Let Raikin have all the belly buttons!
By Monica Bayas Inglis