We mentioned in our video that we have a few more Korean superstitions to talk about in our blog post. They’re not as fun or interesting for us to talk about like the other ones (like Fan Death: seriously guise…FAN DEATH!), but they’re cool to know if you’re interested in facts about stuff and life and you know.

1) Don’t Eat Bread on an Exam Day:

Question: did you ever wonder why you failed that last test? Did you eat bread on that day? If you did, then that’s probably why, dummy! “Bread” in Korean, “bbang” is also the word for 0. So, if you eat 0, you get 0. See how much that makes sense? Atkins diet, FTW!

2) Don’t Eat or Do Anything Slippery on an Exam Day:

Hey: remember that test that you failed, dummy? Did you eat any seaweed soup in the morning (FYI, if you didn’t know, seaweed soup is an acceptable breakfast meal in Korea). Did you put conditioner in your hair when you showered? If you did either of these things, which are slippery, then you let your test results slip through your fingers, or something like that. I don’t know. Don’t do slippery crap on test days! What about slides??? WHAT ABOUT SLIDES!!!???

3) Don’t Crack an Egg on an Exam Day:

WTF YO? What’s with all of these things you’re not supposed to do an eat on exam days? Why so many superstitions about exams? Korea takes its education seriously. You know what’s North American superstition for exam days? Don’t sleep in on exam days. It’ll result in bad grades, because you didn’t attend the damned test!

4) Dream of Pigs or Dragons…not G-Dragons:

You should totally do it. If you do, then hop on over to a convenience store and buy a lottery ticket right away. Dreaming of pigs/Dragons means that you’ll have good luck with money, or something, so buy a lottery ticket. You know: I have no idea how lottery tickets are bought in Korea. I never actually saw a lottery ticket before. I’m gonna have to figure out how to do it. We should make a video about how to win a million bucks via the lottery in Korea. That’d be great.

5) Be a Jerk on Moving Day!

Well, don’t be a total jerk, but a partial one, meaning: don’t sweep up your apartment when you’re about to leave. Pack up all of your stuff into the moving van, and leave the floors dusty. It’s supposed to confuse evil spirits into thinking you haven’t actually moved and are still living in that old place. That seems crappy for the next people moving in, unless in sweeping up your crap they throw away the spirits? Someone help me out here. I just remember being told on our moving days (we’ve had a couple while we’ve been here in Korea) not to sweep up ALL the dust. I wasn’t about to beg like “OH PLZ LET ME SWEEP I LUV SWEEPING” so I left it. Thank you, Korean superstition!

On the opposite side, I like how in Korea people don’t care about opening their umbrellas up indoors, which was a superstition I grew up with (but didn’t care about). Oh, and no “blessing” people after they sneeze. Try it out on your Korean friends/students/co-workers in Korea and they’ll be like…um…WUT.

Also, I’ve never asked about breaking mirrors, but my superstitions tell me you’ll get seven years of bad luck for it. Does Korea have the same thing? All I know is my Baka (“grandmother” in Croatian, not “idiot” in Japanese) broke a mirror-magnet I gave her, and then I (Martina) broke a bone every year for, like, seven years and she blamed it on herself. Which doesn’t make any sense, because the bad luck should go to her, but she explained that because I gave her the mirror, the bad luck went to me. How about I’m clumsy? That’s a good reason! Anyhoo, share your superstitions stories with us! I love seeing how different cultures have similar superstitions and then polar opposite superstitions at the same time!

  1. English Superstitions:

    A black cat crossing your path is good luck (not bad as in America)

    A bird pooping on your head is good luck

    Walking under ladders is bad luck

    Step on a crack break your mothers back

    Don’t walk over three drains (which so I’ve heard is only a very regional thing to the south east/london)

    Don’t walk under road signs (which apparently is also regional)

    If you say something you don’t want to happen you ‘touch wood’ (some people touch their head or men sometimes touch their groin if they are around friends)

    Four leaved clovers are lucky

    A horseshoe upside down is bad luck, and good luck the right way up

    Also people put a stick figure with a semi circle outside their front door for good luck

    If you get one of your own fallen eyelashes, make a wish

    Find a penny pick it up all day long you’ll have good luck, but give it to a friend and your luck will never end

    You can catch a fairy, which is the little seeds from dandelions if you see one in the air, catch it and make a wish

    Never put new shoes on a table

    Or cross someone on the stairs

    The rhyme about magpies and their superstitions: one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told……
    that goes up to twelve but I don’t know what it is, although if you see one you have to salute it or say “good morning mister magpie” – apparently northerners say “hello mr magpie one, two, three, say good morning to your wife and family”

    Ravens are an omen of death

    It is unlucky to see bats flying at night

    There are loads more but these are the ones I see on a daily basis….now thinking about it, we are a rather superstitious bunch ahha xxx

  2. Arabic superstition

    My mom says that you shuldn’t cut your Nails on saturdays or else you’ll be poor

    and also that if you find hair in your food it means that you’re bound to recive or give away a gift, longer hair = bigger/expensiver one

    sweedish superstition

    In midsummer, you shuld visit 7 fields and pick 1 different kind of flower from each field = 7 flowers. They say if you put the flowers under your pillow and go to sleep you’ll see your future husbands face in your Dream

    don’t wistle inside = bad luck

    If you see a black cat you must spit 3 times to avoid bad luck

  3. Two ways to make yourself dream about the person you are going to marry in Sweden:

    1: On midsumers eve you pick 7 (or 9) different flowers. For every flower you have to hop over a fence, and you do it in complete silence. The flowers you put under your pillow.

    2. Before you go to bed you eat over-salted porridge and don’t drink anything. The person that give you something to drink in your dream is your future spouse. The more expensive the drink is, the more money you will have in the marriage. Water= poor, wine= rich.

  4. i can understand why Koreans are superstitious of #4 because they used to speak Chinese and use the Chinese writings and stuff. My mom grew up learning some Chinese along with English (not sure if thats true now there). So a lot of Chinese traditions were adopted by Koreans including superstitions.

    and I’ve never heard of the fan thing but my mom gets terrified at the thought of sleeping with the door closed. Like my whole life she makes sure all the inside doors are open. I’m like ummm…..ok? lol. She also told me about the red ink thing too. and I wish someone told my mom about the moving day thing. lol. jk. but she gave me and my husband soooo much grief about not cleaning up our old place. My mom is a 500% clean/neat freak so I have a hard time believing that superstition exists. lol!!!

  5. Have you ever experienced anything supernatural in Korea (like ghost stories, paranormal activity, etc.)? :’3

  6. Well there is one superstitions I was constantly told as a child living in Indonesia. We are not to play hide and seek at dusk for it is the time when evil spirits wonder around. I didn’t believe and ignored it but then I saw quite a number of articles reporting on missing children living in my town. They were all last seen outdoor playing hide and seek at dusk, some managed to come back home while others didn’t. Scared the hell out of me really. Since then, I have stopped playing hide and seek (even indoors)….

  7. Speaking of bad luck, and breaking mirrors/glass, Martina I have a unfortunate, but interesting story.

    Ok, so, my grandparents on my mothers side have lots of picture frames with pictures of our family, but they had one special one which was a gift from my dad, that had a picture of me inside it. Now my dad hasn’t been around a lot in my life, so it was more special than just a ordinary picture frame, you know? Well I was over at my grandparents at the time, and we were all sitting on the couch, and we heard a clash like glass breaking. So we checked, and it was my dads picture frame, with the glass holding my picture all cracked up. I was sad and we were planning on replacing it. Then, a week later, I found out my dad died from a sudden heart attack. WHAAAT.

  8. Question! How are babies (typically) raised in Korea? I’ve lived a lot abroad and with all this “Royal Baby George” stuff going on in the news, I’ve been kinda curious about Korean Babies. And how things tend to go with them? … I mean in Germany the kids get to run starkers until they hit puberty. and such stuff. anyway.

    What do ya think?

  9. “Dream of Pigs or Dragons…not G-Dragons” lmfao XD and when I heard “fan death” I thought it meant that the fans would die haha I was like I don’t wanna die >.< lol jk

  10. Superstitions from my cambodian mother, I was born in the US so a lot of things i was told not to do were not backed up with a reason or a consequence if I did them.
    1. If you dream of a snake (constrictor) wrapping around you, you will get married soon. This is also believed in Thailand
    2. Don’t eat in the dark or you’ll be eating with ghosts
    3. You cannot sleep (on the bed or on the floor) with your feet directly towards the door or you’re inviting ghosts into your room
    4. If you choke on your own spit, someone is talking about you ( i think its a family member but not 100% on this one)
    5. However you treat your mother is how your child will treat you.
    6. Eye twitching. One side is good luck and the other is bad. I always mix the two up.
    7. A bride is not suppose to smile during her wedding, it’s bad luck. I think this one is because of all the arranged marriages in Cambodia. Whenever I watch TV a movie or music MV and there’s a wedding, the bride is usually in tears from being forced to marry some guy. I’m guessing “yeah you’re crying but you’re gonna have a good life with the guy your parents chose for you because they know better” type deal

  11. I’ve dated several Korean men, and all of them believed the superstition about not buying shoes for their girlfriend. For them, it was extended to all kinds of footwear, not just high heels. And the saying was that she will “walk out of your life” with the very shoes you bought her. My current boyfriend is not superstitious, but his Korean mother is, and she actually had me give her a dollar after she bought me a pair of shoes. She stated that superstition as the reason why I needed to pay for them… so apparently it’s spreading from men buying high heels for the their girlfriends to anyone buying any kind of shoe for anyone that could potentially leave your life? Not sure…interesting though!

  12. I think that fan death is more than plausible… except that the reason behind it is wrong.

    - Fans don’t produce their own air, do they? They blow the air behind them forcefully outwards.
    - If it’s very HOT and all your doors and windows are closed in your room, then the air that is blowing from the fan will be hot.
    - Much like an oven. Lower temperature is required for a fan-forced setting than a conventional one. The fan is assisting in heating you up.
    - This could definitely lead to HYPERthermia and could kill you.

  13. In Romania if the bride’s dress gets dirty or something even worse that means bad luck and the broom shouldn’t see the dress before the wedding. We also have even weird ones like playing with the scissors. If you just “cut the air” with the scissors and you don’t use it to cut a paper or something that means that your parents are gonna have a fight.

  14. There are a lot of Chinese people in Malaysia, so we have the whole “don’t write a name in red” and the number 4 thing as well. But now I don’t think I can ever look at the fan in my house the same way ever again…

  15. Your fan death thing is something I find really interesting, because while I was studying abroad in Korea, my host mother really didn’t want me to leave the fan on at night. She thought I would get too cold. I thought it was insane, since it was like 90 degrees at night (35ish degrees Celsuis? I dont know, I’m American) and I HATE being sweaty when I wake up. I thought it was arbitrary, but she probably just didn’t want a dead American high-schooler to deal with. Understandable!
    Also, I think the whole “unlucky 13th floor” is bizarre, since the thirteenth floor STILL EXISTS, we just call it the 14th floor, but that doesn’t make it so. Lucky number 7? Also confuses me. I think in the United States at least, we have a lot of random lucky things, not just lucky ones. Lucky horseshoe, lucky 4 leaf clover, along with random lucky trinkets people assign luck to arbitrarily etc…

  16. If you’re in a small, enclosed space and there are toxic fumes circulating, having a fan on for extended periods of time really could cause health hazards and maybe even result in death. There are fumes like carbon monoxide, which is a colorless and odorless gas. The scenario has to be “just right” for death by hypoxia/suffocation to occur, but korean people tend to be cautious by cultural standards regarding health— and especially on the topic of death. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry, but it’s still funny to see people freak out when you have your fan on with the windows closed.

  17. I was browsing on 9gag and saw this post: http://9gag.com/gag/a1v4X9D which immediately made me think of this video – proof that fans are dangerous objects, bent on mankind’s destruction. ;)

  18. I’m Chinese and my parents always tell me not to fall asleep with a fan blowing directly to my head. We also believe that giving shoes to people will mean that they can run away from you. Aside from the shoes, giving watches is also a bad luck because “giving watches” means song zhong and it is also the same pronunciation as funeral ritual in Chinese.

  19. I´m from Sweden and here we have one that says that it is bad luck to walk on a A-well (a street well with an A on). You can scare away the bad luck with 3 slaps to the back. A second is if you leave a white tablecloth on the kitchen table over night someone in the house is going to die. Explanation to that one is that you used to wrap the dead in white cloth.

    And a bride who sewed her own wedding dress will cry as many tears in the marriage as the number of stiches she made in the dress.

  20. I sleep with a fan in my room every night(For a Month) door closed and windows closed.Nothing happened

  21. I have Korean friends, and they told me, on test/exam days, they will take a hair out of a smart person’s head and hold on to it while taking the test/exam (you know, so the smart genes move to you :P) I thought my friends were just messing with me, but they seemed really serious… does anyone know if this is true or not?

  22. - Don’t let people broom your feets, that’s mean you aren’t going to get married

    - If you ear is itching someone is talk about you. Then you ask to a person to give you a number and then you “will” know who has. example; number 9, and you see what letter is 9 (A=1; B= 2; C=3…. I=9) and then think of a person who you know and the name begin in I.

    - Don’t wake up with the left foot, because you will have a bad day

    - the mirror, the salt, stairs and the number 13 are the same, but is bad luck no the friday, is tuesday for us

    I think there are more, but I do not remember right now

  23. I live together in Korea with my Korean boyfriend and he have told me things like= if i dont rinse my mouth with water after brushing my teeth, I can become pregnant, which all korean girls know according to him ( I must admit I laughed alot). And even better, if i wash all my dishes with soap, I will get sick, and could die. (?!)

  24. In Iraq…. Hmmmm~

    Don’t eat chicken skin/ bean skin. (For girls) Gives you a mustache XD

    If you spot a spider in your house expect visitors.

    Don’t sleep on your stomach because someone back in religious history did so because the devil told him to do so (?) I swear this one makes no sense to me O.o

    Say hello when you enter your home, because your guardian angels are there even if the house is empty.

    Dreaming about someone’s death means longevity.

  25. In France too we have the same superstition about a rainy wedding :) it’s good luck: “mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux” (rainy wedding, Happy wedding) and in Japan they have the same superstitions too : no writing someone’s name in red, and floor 4 AND floor 9 are super unlucky. In Japanese four obviously has the same meaning and pronunciation as ‘death´ and nine in Japanese sounds like ‘suffering’ in Japanese. 9:九 (ku) and suffering : 苦しい (´kurushii’ also read just ‘ku’).

  26. my korean flatmates, in Australia, would literally RUN in terror – from rain!! then rip their clothes off and wash them quickly and have a shower. Why? Because rain is poison. LOL (Ok, yes, I know Korea is very polluted. But Australia does not have acid rain.)

  27. I loved the fan death XD Delightfully quirky.
    I’m not sure which superstitions here are typically Dutch, since we “bless” people after they sneeze aswell, and we also don’t open umbrellas in the house, but let’s see. (also, I heard the reason for “blessing” is because when you sneeze, your soul leaves your body for a second, and evil spirits might take over. By blessing, you keep those demons away. Pretty good reason I think, but we mostly just do it to be polite, not to chase demons away.)

    When a black cat crosses your path, it means bad luck.
    When you speak about something good that you want to happen, (or something bad you don’t want to happen), you have to knock on an unpainted piece of wood, so you don’t jynx it.
    If someone gives you a knife, you have to give a coin back, or else the ties of friendship will be severed.
    Don’t put your shoes on the table, it brings poverty.
    Spilling salt means bad luck, so if you do spill salt, pick some up and throw it over your shoulder to un-jynx yourself.. or something.
    Spilling sugar however, means you’ll get a visitor that day.
    Don’t buy red cabbage on mondays. You will get into arguments.
    If a train passes while you’re riding under the bridge it passes over, you get to make a wish.
    Killing a ladybug will bring bad luck.
    When taking a drivers’ test, put a nut or a potato in your pocket (idk why XD i also don’t know if it applies to other tests aswell)
    A boy sitting inbetween two girls, or a girl sitting inbetween two boys gets to make a wish.
    First put on your left shoe (to leave the past behind), and next your right (go towards a good future).

    We also have the lucky clovers, rabbit feet and horseshoes (only if the opening is on the up-side, else the luck will flow out),
    but I guess those aren’t typically Dutch or anything. I really don’t know if any of these are.

  28. Some of the superstitions I grew up with in Norway, not that interesting. We also have the normal “Break a mirror, seven years of bad luck” and the “Knock on wood.”

    1. If you wave something white at the northern lights, it will come down and take you.

    2. If you see a black cat cross the road, spit three times.

    3. If you drop a spoon or fork, guests are coming.

    4. If you leave a bread upside down, you’ll be poor.

    5. Girlfriends should not knit sweaters for their boyfriends before they’re married, then he’ll leave her.

  29. i can’t sleep without the noise of a fan. LOL. Also I think there wasn’t a girl in INFINITE’s Man In Love mv because I think they were inferring thatyou (the fan) is the one the members are in love with.
    Okay so I have a question. Don’t know if it’s any good but. And if someone finds it offensive I am incredibly sorry so here it is
    I’ve seen in a couple k-dramas like the loan sharks who chase you around trying to get their money back. Have you seen people like that around or have heard people like that? This is probably a really simple question to answer but it’s been bugging. Thank You!!!

  30. I’m from the Southern Caribbean and apparently:
    1) If someone’s laying on the floor and you cross over them, you’ll stunt their growth.
    2) You’re not supposed to sweep the floors or do any great amount of cleaning after nightfall, since it raises the dust and attracts evil spirits.
    3) My dad also says that when you’re sleeping, you’re not supposed to have anything with eyes in the room with you, such as posters, stuffed toys, etc.
    4) When you hear your dogs barking for no apparent reason, they’re actually barking at djinns (more evil spirits, yay).
    5) Beware of little old ladies living alone; they’re the Caribbean equivalent of a vampire, only less sparkly and more of the shedding-skin-and-turning-into-a-flying-bloodsucking-fireball type.
    6) You shouldn’t call your children’s names out loud after dusk because they’ll be approached by Asian demon children with their feet on backwards at a later date and then they’ll be kidnapped and drowned at a conveniently located river.
    7) Don’t stand under silk-cotton trees. Ever.
    Wow, this went from airy fairy superstitions to straight up folklore lol. Onward, to cheerier things.
    8) If your palm itches, you’ll get paid/come into money/etc.
    9) …………
    I think that was the most positive thing I could have come up with. We’re pretty depressing down here XD
    I’ve thought about it for a full 5 minutes and yeah, that’s the happiest one I’ve got =/

  31. It’s actually just shoes in general, not just high heels. If a man gives shoes to a woman he is dating then there is a very high chance she will wear those shoes to run away/break up with him. I’m not to sure how the hell our culture got this superstition, but yeah. You would think it would change now to if you buy your girlfriend a brand name bag she will run away…

    Anyway I don’t know if this a widespread superstition in korean or if it was just my mom’s, but she would always tell me not to whistle at night because it would call snakes to our home…yeah…

    Oh and the whole fan death is really taken seriously by some people in Korea. After the news reports about fan death went out I seriously wanted to murder the person who spread this, because I went to Korea to visit family in the summer and I was not allowed to keep the fan on while I slept. Let me tell you Korea in the summer SUCKS!!! It is so humid and hot, and I come from a state where more than half the year is filled with grey skies and rain. Well that’s my two cents…

  32. If anyone is interested in superstitions in other cultures…

    There is this religion in Cuba, called Santeria, which is basically Voodoo. And it’s very common to see this practiced in Miami cause there are so many Cubans living there. There are some really weird superstitions that come with that I have growth use to growing up.

    1. Many that Santeria worshiper worship their gods through Catholic saints. For ex. Saint Barbara is really Shango, the god of fire, to people who practice Santeria. So since the Catholic church I live in front of is called Saint Barbara Church….It’s normal to find chilcken sacrifices and Statues of saint barbara with it’s face smashed in my driveway…

    2. When someone is ill you dress them in all white to purify them of the illness.
    3. And my favorite, when you want to get rid of an unwelcome guest you take a broom, turn it upside down (so the bristles should be facing up) and put some salt on top of the bristles. We are catholic, but my aunt did that to get rid of someone that just wouldn’t leave our house and it worked like a charm. I died laughing when I worked.

    That’s just a few but most interesting ones I know of. Every cultures got its thing. I believe someone from another Hispanic country told me Tuesday the 7th, are unlucky in their country. Can’t confirm, but that’s what I was told.

  33. I live in North America and 13 is actually my lucky number. Well, 13 and 43.

  34. IDK if this is a mexican thing but my mom used to tell me not to leave my feet uncovered because the devil would grab me at night. Thing is I live in Texas (its HOT) and till this day even if i am sweating bullets i will keep my feet covered.

  35. Well one from where I am (Ireland) is that it’s unlucky to put new shoes on the kitchen table. Yuss… It exists but I have no idea why. I remember once I bought shoes, set them on the table to show my mother and after she gave her opinion on them she casually added, “Now take them off the table, it’s dangerous.” And I was like, “Whuuuuu?”

    Also, if you have an itchy nose it means you’re going to have a fight with someone (not physical) and so to stop this, you must shake hands with whoever is nearest to you! My grandmother believes rats are an omen of death, that if you see one someone in your family will die. Also, it’s believed to be good luck if bird poo lands on you… Bad times in my opinion.

  36. My great grandmother says that if you dream of fish someone near you is pregnant.

  37. Superstitions in Romania (which I don’t believe in):

    1. If a black cat passes by in front of you, that’s bad luck.

    2. Even if you see a black cat, that’s bad luck. (there is also has a weird way to get rid of the bad luck: to “spit” 3 times on your…hmm, chest area…and say sth that would literally translate as – “Die, devil” – I think it’s because the black cat is seen as an embodiment of the devil)

    3. Passing under stairs is bad luck too.

    4. Oh, have you just locked the door on your way to somewhere and forgot sth at home? Don’t even dare to go back and take it. That’s also bad luck

    5. You know what dropping salt on the floor gives you (except for sth to clean off the floor)? Yay for more bad luck.

    6. I’m pretty sure breaking a mirror also gives you seven years of….bad luck.

    7. Is it 13 of the month? Too bad, bad luck. Is it 13 and Friday? Even more bad luck. Is it Tuesday 13? That’s the worst of luck you can have. (And although I don’t believe in superstitions, my grandpa died on a Tuesday, 13 so I guess I know have a sort of a bad feeling on such days, but not really of fear of what could happen). And, oddly enough, people born on the 13th of the month are the luckiest I’ve ever met.

    8.Finally, for a bit of good luck (sort of), breaking a mug means that you’re letting go of the troubles and starting anew.

    I’m pretty sure there are more of them, but I can’t think of anything else right now. But I’d also like to address sth else here, and that is premonitions. Which are not quite superstitions, and for some work, for others they don’t. And, most of the times, they come in the form of dreams. And some may think of them as simple coincidences, but for me, premonitions are not just that.

    Like it is said that if you dream that you’re having a haircut or that you’re missing a tooth, that means sth bad will happen to someone you know. Mum dreamt she had a haircut – the next day, my dad’s parents were attacked by bees in the forest. Mum dreamt she was missing a tooth – the next day, my dad’s father broke his leg (and he was like 72 or 73 when it happened). I dreamt both of these and…nothing. Although I have had some dreams come true; as in I found myself in real life in the exact situations I had been in my dreams a while back. And the worst premonition I’ve ever had is also related to my grandpa, my mum’s father – a couple of months before his death I dreamt I received a call from my grandma telling me that he was dead. Fast forward two months and I actually found out about his death on the phone, from my mum.

    Then, again, it is said that if your left eye itches, you’re going to have unannounced guests. I swear every time my mum has an itchy-left-eye, it never takes more than 2 hours to have someone at our front door. And it has been like this for as long as I can remember.

  38. Haha, Simon, Martina’s correct about the center of a tornado. I’m from Illinois- dead center of Tornado Alley. Wait, have you heard of Tornado Alley? …well it gets a lot of tornadoes :P

  39. Hmm.. didn’t see a dragon… nor a gdragon.. but for some reason i saw Taeyang in my dreams last night :DD could that mean something :p´??

  40. Four is a good number in Japan. Often, there are special markets or sales on the 4th, 14th, and/or 24th of the month! This is very true in an area called Sugamo in Tokyo. It is sometimes called Old Lady Harajuku.

  41. If your eyelash falls, put it on your thumb and press thumbs with someone else. Whoever gets your eyelash should make a wish and blow it. If it blows away, that wish will come true.
    If your feet are swept (as if someone is sweeping the floor and they accidentally sweep your feet) you will be a widow.
    If you dream of snakes, it means that someone is creating gossip about you.
    If you dream of water, it means tears are in the future.
    If you proclaim something good that’s happening to you, knock on wood or you’ll have bad luck.
    Don’t pull out any gray or white hair or more will pop out.
    If you have a white scratch or mark on your nail, it means someone likes you.
    These are some of the superstitions that I’ve picked up from my mom (from Mexico) and maybe from the U.S. I’m not sure.


    And on the other note: wow…fan death huh….and don't do the slippery on exam day? what?!:3 you tell me NOW..after I'd already been there, done that, wrote a song about it and sent it to JYP *whisper*

  43. In Romania we have:

    -if the broom touches your legs when someone is cleaning you will not get married

    -if you hear a voice at night calling your name don’t answer because it’s the death and it will take you with her if you answer

    -if a baby is born with some kind of extra skin on his head or upper body then when they die they will come back as a ghost

    -if a relative sees you with only one shoe or sock on he/she will die

    -if you say something bad(like that something bad may happen) or show a injury that someones has on you you have to beat on wood or it will happen

    -when a child is born people leave a glass of wine and one of water for the fate

    -every house has its snake and you must not kill it or someone from the house will die

    -you must not look in the mirror at 3 o’clock in the morning
    -at night you can see blue flames dancing where old treasures are burried
    And a lot more plus many,many spirits and ghost.

  44. hahaha.. well, it won’t actually suffocate you because first of all.. it’s not like a car that really suffocates you…
    i also thought that you Fan Death is meaning of us (kpoppers) hahaha!!
    in our country, we have a kind of mirror that you must not look at because evil spirits will come to you…

  45. these superstitions seem to be similar. i guess it traces back to some sort of chinese ideology? there is a superstition that when you give perfume, shoes, or sharp objects as a gift the other person must give money in exchange. because just giving it to them means letting them walk away from your life or cutting ties with them. Oh oh and one that i see in a lot of Thai dramas is breaking a glass framed photo of someone, meaning they are in danger. Usually the person gets fatally injured or dies in the drama heh ^^”

    i also have some questions that i hope to hear you discuss about. I just came back from a short trip to Seoul (despite the news on North Korea I went anyways cause I saw that video you guys made). Anyhoo, I met some foreigners who have been teaching English in Korea. They mentioned westernization and Korea losing it’s unique culture as one of their reasons for returning to Canada/America. So I was wondering what changes you have seen during the years you have been living in Korea. What do you think it’s going to be like in the future, and is it still worth giving it shot to experience what it is like living there?

  46. There are bunch of Indonesian supertitions. Each island (or states if you like to call it) have it’s own version of supertitions. Since I lived in Java, which is THE MOTHER OF ALL SUPERTITIOUS THINGS.. old people used to scold me for a lot of things I did, but the one that I found riddiculous is, if you don’t sweep the floor clean (like, legit clean), your future husband will have a beard. Then I told my Nanna: “Meh, he can always shave it.” ;)

  47. I was born in Russia and my grandma always gets mad at me when she wishes me good luck and and I don’t answer ‘to hell’ (or literally ‘to the devil’.) And one of my friends, also Russian, gets really paranoid if I whistle inside his house cause that’s supposed to mimic the winds blowing all that household’s money away.

    Some superstitions I’ve encountered while living in Israel:

    Seven is a lucky number. Five is also a lucky number. There are no unlucky numbers xD

    If you cough, somebody is saying/thinking bad stuff about you. But if you sneeze then it’s good stuff.

    …if you sneeze once it means what you’ve just said is true. However if you sneeze twice in a row it means you were lying (so many superstitions about sneezing.)

    If your right ear itches, expect good news. If your left ear itches – bad news.

    If somebody scratches their nose, it means they have bad intentions and you should stay away from them. >.<

    A variation of the 'if you forgot something at your house' supestition: since retracing your steps means bad luck, if you forgot something you're supposed to take some other route to your house (like walk around it) before you reenter it.

    If you see an eyelash on someone else's face you're supposed to make them guess where it is before they can make a wish. Not sure you get anything out of them guessing it right though.

    If a child is lying on the ground and somebody steps over them, that child won't grow any taller unless they're stepped over again (in reverse? lol.)

    When you take off your shoes, don't flip them over or you'll have bad luck. And if you rearrange someone else's shoe so it's not flipped over you'll have good luck.

    Holding some money towards a full moon brings wealth. If you're sick and you wish to recover you should cut off a lock of your hair and throw it towards a full moon. Never actually seen anyone do it though.

    If you find a coin on the street keep it with you for at least 10 days before spending it. That way the good luck will have time to soak into you.

    There was also something about burning peanut shells at your front door… which is supposed to bring good luck. No explanation for that one.

    • Oh yeah, almost forgot… when talking about your child, instead of praising them you’re supposed to say they’re ugly or ill looking… that’s supposed to keep evil stuff who’d wanna harm your perfect child away.

    • “…if you sneeze once it means what you’ve just said is true. However if you sneeze twice in a row it means you were lying”

      I’ve heard people say that if you sneeze it means you’re telling the truth (that’s an old one), but I never heard the part about sneezing twice meaning that you were lying.

      Is that an Israeli superstition?



      Has anyone else heard this one before?

  48. In North American and European countries every thing is right handed. Doors, scissors, can openers are all geared for the right handed. If you are left handed or know any one who is left handed, is there a similar orientation in Korea? Or does hand preference even matter?

  49. I’m chinese and speak cantonese. as for numbers. most numbers in cantonese can mean something or sound simillar to another word if you say each number individually. most popular and known numbers are 4 = death and 8 = fortune/lucky. the number 10 = will/must. so 14 = will die. 1314 = always and forever if you pronounce each number individually.

    a few superstitions

    - never open an umbrella inside the house – you might release a spirit in the house. it is believe that wandering ghost can be contained or capture in an umbrella when you close it. its almost like a home for them! something like that

    - peel an apple in front of the mirror without severing the peel in front of a mirror at midnight with a lit candle and you can see your future spouse. don’t be scared if you see someone’s face on the mirror or your own lol..i think something bad happens if the peel severs, but i don’t remember.

    - for females who want to come back as a powerful vengeful spirits. being buried or passing away wearing a red dress is the key!

    - if you shake your leg. you are shaking away all your fortune. I don’t know if it matters if you are sitting or not, but usually people are sitting down when they start shaking away their fortune.

    - sneeze once its nothing, sneeze twice someone is thinking about you, sneeze thrice+ and someone is talking shit about you!

    - left eye twitching is good luck and right eye is bad luck. so its opposite from another post unless i got it mixed up!

    - someone mentioned a red bra strap – supposedly ghost are afraid of female red panties. and the blood from their once a month cycle is powerful for repelling ghost!

    - someone also mentioned about never gifting a clock. The way it sounds in cantonese to gift/send a clock sounds the same as going to someone’s funeral. To see them off. I never heard about the burying your parents, but thats news to me! Me and my friends laughed really hard when there was that one show where this guy who give people clocks as presents that he wore around his neck.

  50. What about stereotypes in Korea? Like, what are stereotypes people think of Koreans? And, what stereotypes do Koreans have about other countries/people/states?

  51. In my country if you open an umbrella indoors an evil entity would kill you. O_O
    When you are sweeping with a broom and accidentally sweep someone’s foot they would never get married.
    Also, when you cross over someone’s legs they would stop growing. XD

  52. I caught the bouquet at the wedding of my cousin, and then everybody, especially my granny, was like ,, OMG, She’s next to get married in the family!!!!”… Problem was, at that time I was 11 years old…and they were serious…
    In my country, Austria, the older people still kind of want to hold onto that tradition, but the kids probably don’t even know about it anymore…. Thank God, now I’m 16 and still not married ;)

  53. No, I have no flamingos in my pants, I assure you! :P

    Actually, the number 13 is considered unlucky in Western culture because Jesus and his 12 apostles on the last supper made 13 people in total and Jesus died…. But that’s actually my lucky number and I say it’s because I gain all the luck other people lose over it as way for the Universe to keep its balance, you know…But I always find stuff on my way all over the place on Fridays that are the 13th of the month…

    What about meeting black cats on your way and walking under a ladder? Do grannies potato-halves for warts burried on a full moon night count as a superstition???

    Actually, the 4 superstition also applies to Japan because 4 is “shi” which means “death” and 9 is “kyuu” is ” to die”, so you use the other names when you count stuff… Japanese use so many different counters for everything, depending on the shape, the nature, the length of whatever they’re counting, I guess they’re all a bit OCD about organizing concepts ; they even have specific dictionaries for just counters!

  54. Oh, my mom usually scolds me because I completely ignore this: when eating together with someone, if you ask for the salt, don’t let them give the container right in your hand! they have to leave it on the table near you so you can take it. If you receive it directly from the hand of the other person, they are transmiting all their bad vibes/luck to you…..or something haha.

  55. Have you guys ever tried doctor fish? I did it once in Japan and loved it wondered if they had it in Korea too, so hard to find in North America though :(

  56. i don’t know if anyone said this already but whatever, it’s not just high heels, it’s shoes in general.

  57. croatian superstition
    if you see chimney sweeper you should grab a button and make a wish

    you are not allowed to choose your wedding dress before you are engaged because than you will never get married

    if you sing while you are eating your husband will have crazy wife

    if crow lands on your house someone is going to die in that house… that happend to my neighbour and it was really weird

    when someone is sweeping and you are passing by and some dust came to your shoes you will never get married

  58. I was staring at Simon’s “Chicago F*cks” hat the whole time. I couldn’t stop laughing.

  59. In the philippines, during a burial of a relative or anyone that you know. You have to crossover the kids over the dead’s body to say goodbye and after the burial you have to wash your hands with something herbal medicine so that you won’t be chased by demons. This is the very odd thing that I have ever learned in my former country

  60. In Indonesia we have something similar to the superstitions for boyfriends not to buy high heels for their girlfriends, but instead of high heels, it’s kind of frowned upon if you buy a wallet or a perfume for your partner because you can break up because of it (don’t ask me why, I don’t even see the connection!!!!!)

  61. one more Korean superstition. don’t flip your grilled fish when you’re eating. your business/ship/life will be ‘overturned’

  62. oh one more – don’t leave your clipped fingernails just anywhere cuz some cat omen is gonna come to your house and eat it…

  63. hehe you forgot the part about eating something sticky on a test day which will make you “stick” to the university you want to get into. plus, eating noodles during marriages mean they should be together for a long time. they also give you toilet paper as gifts when visiting a household meaning everything will unravel easily. dreaming of poo is also good money luck

  64. I’m from Illinois, and we learned that when you go to Band Camp, you should avoid the Flutes.

  65. I’m from Sweden, and here are some of our superstitions:

    (I know you’ll recognize some of them)

    1. Stepping on a manhole cover with the letter A on it means bad luck in love, or bad luck on that day. A stands for “avlopp” (Swedish for “sewer” XD), but in the superstition A means “avbruten” (Swedish for broken/broken off), as in “broken off love”. However, if you step on a manhole cover with the letter K on it (K stands för “kärlek”, love), it means good luck in love, or good luck on that day.
    2. Putting keys on a table gives bad luck. The reason for this comes from the practice at some hotels, where women that offer sexual favors show this by having their own room key, which they put on the table beside them.
    3. If you see a black cat crossing the road, it means bad luck. However, the bad luck can be prevented by spitting three times over your shoulder directly after the cat has passed you by, or by saying: Twee, twee, twee! This is an old, Swedish version of the word “ew” XD.
    4. Walking under a ladder gives three weeks of bad luck.
    5. Bringing the heather flower into your home means bad luck.
    6. Sneezing means that your enemy is mentioning your name. Saying “bless you” scares away misfortune.
    7. To accidentally sneeze when going somewhere gives bad luck. If you stay for a short while and don’t leave right away, you won’t be unlucky.
    8. To break a mirror means seven years of bad luck. If you throw salt over your shoulder, this scares away the bad luck.
    9. Spilling salt gives bad luck. I think this is because salt was a really important spice to Swedes back in the day, as it was used to conserve food. So, spilling salt was wasting something necessary, and therefore also bad.
    10. Stepping on a crack in the street means bad luck.
    11. If an unmarried person picks seven or nine different kinds of flowers on Midsummer’s Eve (the Friday between the 19th and the 26th of June depending on the calendar) and puts them under their pillow, they’ll dream about their future spouse.
    12. For some reason, unintentionally/intentionally killing a spider means that it will rain on the next day.
    13. Finally, seeing one single mite means good luck (WTF? XD).

  66. I’m from Sweden, and here are some of our superstitions:

    (I know you’ll recognize a couple of them)

    1. Stepping on a manhole cover with the letter A on it means bad luck in love, or bad luck on that day. A stands for “avlopp” (Swedish for “sewer” XD), but in the superstition A means “avbruten” (Swedish for broken/broken off), as in “broken off love”. However, if you step on a manhole cover with the letter K on it (K stands för “kärlek”, love), it means good luck in love, or good luck on that day.
    2. Putting keys on a table gives bad luck. The reason for this comes from the practice at some hotels, where women that offer sexual favors show this by having their own room key, which they put on the table beside them.
    3. If you see a black cat crossing the road, it means bad luck. However, the bad luck can be prevented by spitting three times over your shoulder directly after the cat has passed you by, or by saying: Twee, twee, twee! This is an old, Swedish version of the word “ew” XD.
    4. Walking under a ladder gives three weeks of bad luck.
    5. Bringing the heather flower into your home means bad luck.
    6. Sneezing means that your enemy is mentioning your name. Saying “bless you” scares away misfortune.
    7. To accidentally sneeze when going somewhere gives bad luck. If you stay for a short while and don’t leave right away, you won’t be unlucky.
    8. To break a mirror means seven years of bad luck. If you throw salt over your shoulder, this scares away the bad luck.
    9. Spilling salt gives bad luck. I think this is because salt was a really important spice to Swedes back in the day, as it was used to conserve food. So, spilling salt was wasting something necessary, and therefore also bad.
    10. Stepping on a crack in the street means bad luck.
    11. If an unmarried person picks seven or nine different kinds of flowers on Midsummer’s Eve (the Friday between the 19th and the 26th of June depending on the calendar) and puts them under their pillow, they’ll dream about their future spouse.
    12. For some reason, unintentionally/intentionally killing a spider means that it will rain on the next day.
    13. Finally, seeing one single mite means good luck (WTF? XD).

  67. In my country I’ve heard

    1- Woman that whistles, her luck she turns away.

    2- A woman that wets herself while washing the dishes will mary a drunk man.

    3- Three zits on your forehead and you’ll have your period within the next week (this is for girls who havent gotten yet)

    4- Eating the red things of the rooster’s head, helps men be more powerful.

    5- The number of hair twirls you have is the same number as siblings (by blood) you have.

    6- One sneeze, someone’s talking bad about you. Two sneezes, someone’s talking good about you. Three sneezes, someone’s missing you. Four sneezes, you’re ill.

    7- (This is on some places) The lady shall have her second given name “Little Lady” (Senhorita) and the man shall have his second given name “Manuel” so they have a better life.

    8- (Also in only some places, inc. parts of Spain) The bestman of the groom shall sleep with the bride on the previous night and the best maid of honor of the bride shall sleep with the groom.

    9- Crossing the fork and the knife once you’re finished, is rude and gives you bad luck.

    10- If your left ear is red and hot, someone is talking bad about you. If your left ear if red and hot, someone is talking good about you.

    11- Eating the white part of the orange makes your boobs go bigger.

    12- Eating the skin of bacalhau makes your boobs go bigger too.

    13- If you suddenly feel a shiver in a warm place and the mood goes down, it’s because death passed by to kill someone near.

    14- You shouldnt drink coke on September (it’s related to the 9/11 incident)

    15- If the sky is pink at sunset, there will be good fish. If it’s orange, there will be a really good weather the day after.

    16- If the rooster sings 13 times, it’s bad luck or something bad will happen the day after.

    17- There’s a street in the capital that has a man at midnight near the trafic lights waving and if you wave back, he’ll hunt you and murder you. (so if you see a man there at midnight and he waves, dont wave back)

    There are many but more than that, it’s myths and stories mostly related to chinese stores (which I find very racist) and the Clown Mouth Gang, syringes and heavenly stories.

  68. In my country (Dominican Republic),the people from the countryside would always have two different names,their “real name”,which would be on their birth certificates and a “fake name” which would be the name people would call them by. Supposedly this was because the “bad spirits” or “death spirits” would come at night and call your real name to steal your soul,so to avoid being capture by the spirits you confused them by having another name.Sometimes people would become so used to their “fake name” that they’ll forget their actual name.

  69. WAO hahahahahahahahaha do not wash your hair after you study… i was like WHAT? i feel more relaxed after watching my hair when i did some many projects and homeworks for college, i mean superstitions.. i hate them… makes you have fear about things that are not real…. hahahaha in my country in the holy week it’s a bizarre thing… specially on Good Friday, a lot of people specially those who lives outside the capital say that in Good Friday all the spirits are out looking for some child to get because they are not baptized, or that you are becoming a fish (cuz’ is the day of the death of Jesus christ one supposed to respect… a lot of people just don’t do that) if you got to the beach a monkey if you climb a tree and so on hahahahahahaha! =)

    for experience no one should get the fan blowing right at your face… not because you are going to die… but its bad for your health, the fan accumulates dust and more stuff, and if you are allergic like me… it’s not good. but i don’t believe that i mean….. how many fan deaths must be occurring if that were true in korea! but well…. I love your videos and your blog! and you are a lovely couple. My english is not very good looking (hahahahaha it’s a phrase of a salsa singer Celia Cruz! XD) my first language is spanish. My name is Shamir… like the late prime minister of Israel… Isaac Shamir (im talking about the pronunciation XD). nice to meet you =)

  70. Here in portugal it’s believed that if you move into a new house you have to put salt on the entrance to make all the bad spirtis go away.
    Also, it’s believed that if you eat 60nuts you’ll die xD

  71. In Lebanon, if you hear an owl hoot, then someone you know will die. The weird thing is when we visited Lebanon a few years ago, an owl hooted one night and my dad’s cousin passed away that morning… O_O

  72. Actually my aunt told me fan death is because when you breathe out the fan will force the air back down and suffocate you in your sleep.
    Honestly, I’m pretty sure my lungs can handle a little fan……

  73. Some Malay (Malaysian) superstition:

    1. Don’t sharpen your pencil until it’s shorter than your pinkie, or your mother will die (or something like that)
    2. When lying on your stomach, don’t lift your legs up, or (again) your mother will die.
    3. Don’t sing while you’re cooking, or you’ll marry an old man. (only applies to girls)
    4. Don’t change seat/place when you’re already start eating, or you’ll get married to a lot of men (unsuccessful marriages)

  74. post: A dream with dragons or pigs makes you have luck with money
    me: YES! so much money luck!
    post: ….not G-Dragons
    me: DAMN! no money for me…. :(

  75. I’m originally pakistani but I’ve lived in saudi arabia for a long them so I’m going to write about superstitions in both places.
    In Pakistan:
    it is bad luck if you don’t finish all your food.
    Don’t drink milk after eating finish
    Don’t let others walk over kids orelse they’ll stop growing
    It’s bad luck when you hear owls at night
    Don’t open and close scissors without a reason orelse tgere will be family problems at home (my favourite)
    In Saudi arabia:
    Give youe children crappy names so that bad luck loses interest in them
    N make your kids look crappy so that people dont curse them

    I don’t know what most of them mean either but they’re the ones that I know of

  76. Some of the supersitions in my country..not sure if followed by everyone…

    - Dont cut nail or hair at night or on your birthday (like on the day or as in day you were born..for example every sunday..)
    - studyin during eclipse is good
    - if your family is working in foreign country, you should leave little piece on the floor so that your family member does not go hungry
    - sleep facing the bed..with back facing the sky when there is lightning or it will strike you (a bit similar to japanese; but they believe that thunder god will steal your belly button)
    - if you eat in pans or cooking utensils it will rain on your wedding
    - if it is raining with some sunshine then it is fox’s wedding
    - not sleep when it is evening it will bring bad luck
    - if you bite your tongue or inner mouth parts then you will get to eat good food
    - not to bath at night because thats what witches do
    - not to talk about ghost or witches on sunday or tuesday because they can hear you more and can gain more powers
    - not to call unknown dogs to feed at night or evening they can be witches on disguise (village)
    - if there is a fallen eyelash on your face then u can wish by putting it in your closed fist with closed eyes..after wishing blow it and guess if its there or not..if it is as you guessed your wish will be fulfilled
    - not to write with red pen..it is bad for your mother
    - not to leave your books open when you leave or demon/ghost will read them
    - upside down slippers need to be turned or the owner of the slipper will become lazy
    - resting head on your hands will result in laziness

  77. In Poland, there is the same superstition concerning rainy wedding days, you know c:

  78. Agata Andruszkiewicz

    Hey Simon and Martina,

    I wanted to ask you about one thing. I’ve heard that Simon can speak a little Polish and your surname definitely sounds Polish, so I wanted o ask about your family roots, are you guys somehow related to Poland? I’m asking this cause I’m Polish myself, and I’m kind of curious ( I know it’s not the most important question though). :)

    Ps. Love you guys! :)

  79. There’s one in Brazil that I think is actually pretty cute, It’s like this: If you have a cat and move you should put butter on its paws so it doesn’t go back to the old house.

    Another one would be If you pass under a rainbow you change your gender, WTF O_o

    And if you kill a spider you will have love problems…

  80. no sweeping on moving day… hmmm so that explains why i moved into a complete pigsty of an apartment when i started teaching :D

  81. I bless my Chinese students when they sneeze and they all think I’m weird…

  82. The reason they don’t use the number 4 is because the pronounciation for 4 “사” means “death” in 한자.
    That is also why there is no 4th floor in hospitals. When you go on an elevator in a hospitals, the floor numbering goes 1,2,3,5,6,…
    They just call the 4th floor the 5th floor.
    This superstition also carries over to Japan and China because their pronounciation of 4 and death are the same as well.

  83. In Mexico there are few wacky superstitions. 1. If someone sweeps your feet with a broom, you will get married. 2. If you hear the owling of an owl or the howls of a dog, it means someone is going to die. 3. If you dream of teeth falling out, thats means lots of cash. 4. If there ringing in your ears, someone is cursing you. 4. When there is a new born baby, aways have your windows closed because it is believe that the witches will come and suck the baby’s soul-death. 5.if you deny existance of ghost, they will appear. 6. Sleep without covering your feet will invite bad spirits into pulling your feet.

  84. In Russia you can’t whistle indoors, it is bad luck, it means you will loose all of you money (whistle it away) and become poor.

  85. Crack an egg in front of a new home for good luck. Don’t leave the bathroom light on or the door open because the devil lives in there. Don’t leave food on your plate so that good djinn (demons) can eat them. If you feel bad vibes from someone, spit three times to your left. Always greet your house when you walk in because there are angels inside. I’m not originally from my home country, if you get what I mean, but my mom tells me these superstitions all the time.

  86. My country’s superstitions :D Chinese style ~

    Black cats are unlucky
    If it rains on your exam day, it will wash away bad luck and you will score well
    Never stand under stairs or you will die
    Always knock before entering your hotel room. This is to ask the ghost in the room if you can ‘borrow’ the room for a while
    Never wash your hair the night before or the morning when you have a exam. It washes away your knowledge
    Never open an umbrella indoors or you will die again lol
    Do not shake your leg while eating. Apparently this will cause your wealth to be shake away
    Do not sleep facing a mirror or a ghost will hunt you
    Do not give someone a clock as a present or they will dieeeeeee
    And last but not least, the one that everyone follows, never ever sweep or do any cleaning on Chinese New Year.

  87. I heard about the fan one. I found out about it AFTER I would sleep with the fan on at night one summer with the door closed. So… I didn’t die.

  88. hold up! the fans in the train??? Was Infinite symbolizing death with fans??


  89. I live in America’s Inland Northwest. I’m not particularly superstitious, at least about any of the superstitions I hear about most around here, but my friends have sometimes freaked out when I want to show off my katana-handled umbrella inside. xD Oh, and I pick up pretty much any coinage I find on the ground, but people often seem to think that picking up a penny that is left on the ground with tails facing up is bad luck and I don’t know why. D: As for superstitions I actually believe in, most of those are ones that I think might be local to just my family. Example: when a light bulb goes out or something glass breaks we say change is coming and that negative energy was getting stored up in those things, so now that it’s released, life will be getting better. :D

  90. Im from Colombia, some of our superstitions are:

    When In a holiday or reunion there is alcohol, the first shot is poured in the ground as an offering to the dead
    If a knife falls into the floor it announces a male visitor, if a spoon falls announces a female visitor
    Tie a red ribbon to a newborn baby to avoid him being taken away by evil spirits
    open a pair of scissors to make visitors leave
    if your ears get hot, its a sing someone is talking about you,
    never marry in tuesday, its brings misfortune; also marrying in january can bring economic struggle

  91. i don’t know where this comes from but i heard from a friend that three red cars in a row will mean you’ll die in a traffic accident. O_O

  92. I’m not sure in how far this is actually true but native americans used to believe and owl was a bad omen. While in our country most people think that an owl stands for wisdom. very weird actually.

  93. our superstitions: (stuff we’ve been told as kids)

    eyes twitching: you’re gonna see someone you miss or haven’t seen in a long time..
    hands itchy: you’re gonna get money ..
    ears itchy: you’ll get good news..
    ears buzzing: someone’s talking about you behind your back ..
    cutting your nails at the house without throwing it in the garbage or somewhere else: the house gets poor
    throwing your baby teeth towards the sun … ( i have no idea why)
    i saw this in the comments and we have the exact similar superstition which is if you walk or step over someone who’s layong on the floor, they don’t grow taller unless you step back ..
    never hit a camel or assault it, it’ll hold the grudge and pay back for it even if after 10 years..
    never go out at dusk, it’s when the demons come out …

    hmmm what else .. that’s all i can remember ..

  94. then what do korean people think about the movie “I am number Four” very unlucky kid indeed :)

  95. I grew up with a russian superstition of when you’re lying/sitting on the floor and someone steps over you (or any part of your body), you’re not gonna grow unless that person steps back over you! It sounds super strange but I always freak out whenever someone steps over me ^^
    Also I’m not sure if it applies to all theaters in different countries or just that one theater I worked in but my sunbae actors (heheh I don’t know how to say that in english…. “seniors” maybe?) told me that if I ever drop a script on the floor I have to sit down on it and pick it up as I’m standing up because otherwise it brings bad luck to the play as a whole…. (maybe they just enjoyed seeing me sit on the floor all the time cuz I’m so clumsy -____-)

  96. In my culture, if someone dies in your family, someone new will be born right after. Which i believe because my grandma died January 22nd and my cousin had her baby January 23rd.

  97. superstitions in singapore(what i heard):
    1: do not sit/step on books/newspaper or you will become stupid
    2: do not point at a full moon or you will get a cut at the back of your ear

    3: at night, if someone calls your name, turn around completely, not just your head or something bad will happen
    4: if you hold chopsticks nearer to the end, you will marry someone far away (another country)
    5: every grain of rice that is leftover on your bowl, you get a pimple! LOL

  98. I’m Vietnamese and we also have the “fan death” belief xD but its more “you’ll die because you’ll end up dehydrated and the fan makes it happen faster” rather than “OMG FAN IS EVIL RAAAAAAGH”. I usually just keep my window open because having a fan blow stuffy hot air just doesn’t feel nice and fresh. Its easy to avoid *shrug*

    Other superstitions:
    - don’t call a baby cute or adorable, or else the evil spirits will want to take it away.
    - eating too much fried foods (or “hot” foods) will lead you to be sick, or have zits. It’s because your body is imbalanced (of hot and cold)

    Can’t think of any others D:

  99. Oh, and also, Malays tend to have their weddings outdoor so if the bride sees that it’s going to rain, they should throw their panties out. Onto the roof to avoid the bad weather. So far, that’s the weirdest I’ve heard from my culture xD

  100. We have lots of Superstitions like if you open an umbrella indoors, snakes will spring out from the inner center of it. Young girls are not supposed to sing while cooking or else they will marry an old man later in life. And the most common thing that our mothers tell us is to never point a rainbow with your forefinger, or else you will have your finger chopped.

  101. Yes, the eye of the storm being very calm is a real thing.

  102. the number 13 is really good (for Cantonese speaking people) because 3 sounds like “alive” and 13 sounds like “VERY alive” idk how to really describe it. Also as you said, the number 4 sounds like “death/dead”, well… the number 14 sounds like “VERY dead” sooo most hotels skip floor 14 (from my experiences)

  103. In my country opening an umbrella indoors or when it’s not raining means that you’re asking for rain. If you hit your elbow accidentally you’ll have company, I forgot which sex was coming if you banged which elbow. If you dream of small fishes someone’s knocked up. If you throw rice in your yard any witch that passes there has to stop and pick up every grain. If a bird flies into a room and stays there a long time for no apparent reason somebody in the room is pregnant. A cricket in your house is a sign of incoming money. If your palms itch you’re going to get money. Someone can steal your smartness if they touch your head in a certain way. If you cross over someone and don’t cross back they’ll be short forever.

  104. Well, according to mexican culture if you sweep over someone else’s feet that person won’t get married… don’t know if there’re other countries that have the same believe

  105. Have you ever had any SCARY!!!! encounters in Korea?

  106. I’m sure like 50 people have said this but the 4 thing is in Japan too (maybe that’s where they got it from). Its not that the kanji is the same but the pronunciation 4 can be said ‘shi’ which is the same as death.

  107. So, no ceiling fans in Korean bedrooms? They are standard equipment in most homes in the steamy American South.

  108. I’m from Chile, and there are lot of superticions in my country.. For example, babies should always use a silver medal with a red lace to avoid curses and bad hopes for the baby… When you have hiccup and it doesnt stop, you have to suck a piece of newspaper and put it in your forehead… And there are lot of superticions about what to do to have luck in newyears, such as to drink champagne with a gold ring in the glass so you will marry next year, walk around the street with luggage so you will be able to travel, eat lentils to have money, and eat 12 grapes to have prosperity all 12 months of the new year… And that’s the only ones I remember now, but in the coutryside the have a lot more!!! Love you guys~ don’t ever sleep with the fan on lolololol

  109. Don’t step over someone because they won’t grow, the whole step on a crack breaks your mommas back…..

  110. I live in the United States (West Virginia to be specific).

    1.We have a superstition that if you give a knife for someone as a gift they have to give you a penny back or they will always cut themselves with that knife. Another knife related one is if you open a pocket knife you have to be the one to close it or it will bring bad luck to anyone who closes it for you.
    2. Never walk on a persons grave or they will come back to haunt you! Also, always hold your breath when passing a graveyard.
    3. Death and pregnancies always come in threes.
    4. If a bird flies into your house someone in your family will die
    5. Dancing in the rain will bring you riches and fame!

  111. Ooh, superstitions are super interesting :D I love to hear where they came from and stuff. Never heard of Fan-death before but it’s awesome lol, also it took me a while to understand that you were talking of “almonds” and “omen”.. orz
    Soo.. I’m Russian but have been living in Germany since I’ve been 9~ and I’m reeally sorry if someone’s already commented on the superstitions I’m gonna talk about; I didn’t read through all the comments D<
    Anyway, I grew up with a lot of (Russian?) superstitions but didn't even realise it till recently..
    1. When you have to sew something while you're wearing it, you're supposed to put something in your mouth (doesn't matter what it is) cause otherwise you'll.. sew up your memory? or something.. Yes, I used to do that when I was a kid :D
    2. Before leaving the house for a long vacation/trip you're supposed to sit. On a sofa, on the floor or even on your suitcases, it's just important to sit before leaving cause that brings luck. Yep.
    3. If it rains on the day you're leaving it also means luck.
    4. Don't clean the house on the day someone's leaving/left for a trip or he/she won't be lucky. (What's up with all those vacation
    5. Broken dishes = luck.
    6. If you drop a spoon or a fork, it means a woman will visit you on that day. If you drop a knife, it's a man. Not sure if that's a superstition but yeah…wtf

    That's all I can remember, excuse my English fails and no, I do not believe in those superstitions :D


    hey simon and martina! i am a super fan of all korean dramas. i have been wondering, based on your teaching experiences in korea, is there any drama(stuff in Boys Over Flowers) that goes on in the average korean classes? if not, what do think are the most biggest differences in the environment between korean and american schools that you have noticed?? thank you!!<3<3

  113. one of my favorites is “splitting” poles. when walking in a group if you pass a sign lamp post or tree of other “pole” like object it is considered bad luck for some people to go around one side and some people to go around the others. to decide which side of the pole you are supposed to pass on you look to the tallest or oldest person in the group. which ever side they passed on everyone else must pass on. if a person splits a pole they must go back and walk around the right way so as to avoid bad juju for the whole group.

  114. The red pen/name writing superstition is also in here in America.

  115. lol let see i am mexican american so i know all the american superstitions but the mexicans one can be a little scary.
    1. if a crow (needs to be a black bird) caws (is that how you write it?) in front of your door it announces the death of someone related to you. This scared me because it actually happened to my dad’s mom in mexico and they were able to shoo it away before anything “happened.” During the day they called my dad to check up on him and he had fallen of a delivery truck and hurt his wrist. 0.0 when they told me this i freaked out lol

    2. Don’t shower when there is a storm with lightening. You will attract lightening. I was about to shower in the morning and my mom told me to not wet my hair.

    3. There is also about the red ribbon you need to put of to repel bad energy and jealousy. Baby’s have to wear a bracelet specifically for that. So someone doesn’t give them a “bad eye”. I always had to wear red in my hair when i was little.

    4. another suspicious one is that apparently newborn baby’s need to sleep with scissors close to them perpendicular to their body because if not a witch of sorts will come and eat the baby’s head.?? when i asked my mom is she did that with us she said no because these creatures don’t exists in the states because we live in a city. they only exists in dark places like really old towns that still dont have electricity.

    5. Maybe this will help with the fan death claim. My mom believes that people can die from getting “bad air”. Most of the time its something along the lines that bad people can bring bad air and pass it on to you and then you get a little sick. Usually its like a really bad headache or pain in the body. But this can be cured by cleansing yourself with an egg or lemon. I actually do kinda believe this because i have experinced it. It can only really kill you if the “air” is really strong something along the lines of if it comes from a bad spirit or ghost.

    i can’t remember any other ones at the moment.

  116. A unique superstition where I live is that there is a road sign which is quite big so it needs two poles to hold it up. A car must’ve crashed into it or something because it’s toppled over slightly but I was told not to walk under it and if I do to turn around as I walk along otherwise you get bad luck. And it’s only for that particular road sign. You can walk under other road signs fine but if you walk under this one then you need to turn around. I’m not sure if this superstition is practiced all over the UK and I have no idea how this one came about and whether it’s still practiced or not. Apart from that I can’t think of any unusual ones bar the obvious.
    And I only learned a while ago that black cats crossing your path is good luck in the UK. I always thought it was bad luck xD
    Other superstitions I still ‘believe’ are walking over drain covers, if there’s 2 or 3 in a row then it’s bad luck to walk over them. I always avoid them. The magpie one I’ve tried and tried to not believe but I always end up having a bad day whenever I see 1 magpie on it’s own. Also I broke a mirror a couple of years ago but I don’t think it’s bad luck. My life would probably be the same if I didn’t break it.

  117. Here in Brazil there are some others I haven’t read here about others countries.
    Like, if you take off/throw a slipper and it lands upside down (I mean, the part that touches the floor is facing up), someone will die.
    If you’re having a meal and someone askes you to give them the saltshaker, you shouldn’t pass directly to their hand, you should put it on the table and then the person can pick it up.

    If someone or you says something that you don’t want to happen, knock a wood 3 times (I think this one it’s common in other countries too?)

    I can’t think of others now xD

    Other thing similar to superstition that brings some good laugh is folklore (specially those to make children sleep, etc) hahaha

  118. kekkekeke I know very well about the number 4 superstition
    because i am Chinese and have lived in China (now CANADA, YAY!)
    however, my favorite number is 4
    because the 4th day of the 4th month is my 16th BIRTHDAY<333
    which is TODAY (in canada)
    and i am guessing this is uploaded on April 4th in Korea
    kekeke despite the meaning, i love the number 4<33333333

    sorry that i'm so hyper….. but im so happy! :)

  119. Did S & M just use Croatian? :D
    I understood! haha

    Speaking of Croatian, I don’t know if this is a Croatian superstition or what, but one of my grandmother’s Croatian friends yelled at me once when I was doing homework because she saw I was writing with my left hand. She said I needed to write with my right hand or I would never get married. I was really young so it kinda scarred me XD

    Anyway, this video seriously made me laugh :]

  120. The number 4 superstition probably comes from the colonization period since it is also considered bad luck in Japan because Shi(4), in japanese, also means death.

  121. Actually most of the western world shares the superstition that a certain 4 is lucky, the four leaf clover! Do korean people believe in other ones, like it’s bad luck to walk under a stair or to see a black cat (and if they do, do they walk seven steps backwards?). In my country it’s very lucky if you find a horseshoe, and that you have to put it above the frame of the door, depending on how you hang it it’ll bring good or bad luck.

  122. It sounds like your Soozi’s version of the shoe superstition is fairly specific. I had always heard of it as you don’t give shoes (any) as gifts to your lover/partner (male or female) otherwise they will run away from you.

  123. Norwegian superstitions:

    Open an umbrella inside and it will rain the next day.
    If you are born on a Sunday (like me) you will have a happy prosperous life (I was also born on the 4th though..)
    If your broom suddenly falls over, it means someone is coming.
    If you are thirteen people at the dinner table, the first one to get up will die first.
    killing a spider is bad luck
    stepping on a manhole cover is bad luck
    On midsummers eve, pick a bouquet of wild flowers and sleep with it under your pillow, and you will dream about the one you will marry.
    On Christmas eve, leave a bowl of porridge in the barn (if you have one) for the gnomes. If you don’t, they will give you bad harvest and your cows sour milk. If you do, they will help your farm prosper.

    We also have many of the same as in North America, like black cats, broken mirrors, horse shoes above the door for good luck, four leaf clovers, walking under ladders etc.

  124. I <3 the pun about dragons/G-Dragons, lol, I seriously cracked up

  125. Jessica Nunes

    I don’t know much about superstitions in north america but I think that my country (Portugal) have more in common than Korean. there are some supertitions that you might thing weard but nothing compares with fan death i think ahah. the supertitions that I know are: it’s bad luck if the groom see the bride before the wedding, it’s also bad if you open a umbrela inside the house, it brings good luck if you wearnew and blue underwear on New Years eve, brings luck if you enter with the right foot on the first day of work, school and etc, if your ears are hot someone is talking about you (i think if is the right they are talking good and if is left they’re talking bad), about numbers in Portugal 13 is bad luck and 7 is good luck, eating cheese afects your memory, in a toast with alcohol its bad luck if you don’t drink and also is very bad if you toast with water and a thing that is in common with South Korea is that is good luck if rains in a wedding so it’s said: “wet wedding, marriage blessed.”.

    p.s. I reeeeeaally enjoy your site and your work I hope you continue!

  126. Well as for the slippery thing, the korean verb “to get in (a college)” is also the verb to stick. 부터 I think the verb is.but anyways since slippery is the opposite of sticking, then maybe that’s an explanatio?

  127. In Mexico, if you’re single they say if you wear red underwear when ringing in the new year you will get a bf/gf in the new year.
    If children misbehave parents say that “La llorona” will take them away, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_llorona

  128. I’ve heard of the “don’t buy your girlfriend shoes or she’ll run away” superstition but I find it ridiculous and I know nobody who believes that :)
    Btw I’m from Germany and we have those superstitions like you get bad luck when you break a mirror, when you see a black cat – if it’s crossing your path from left to right it’s even worse – but good luck when you see/touch a chimney sweep and many more.

    Also it’s considered rude when you bring artificial flowers as a birthday gift.

    I think the biggest/most popular superstition here is when the 13th day of a month is a Friday. That’s supposed to be a day when only bad luck happens. Though I used to think of it as a lucky day because one Friday, the 13th, I went to school and our teacher didn’t come for the first lesson. So we just waited and then a teacher came and told us we could go home :D But nowadays it’s just a normal day to me ^^

  129. Some stuff from Germany:
    - don’t break a mirror that means 7 years of bad luck
    - shards (broken glass e.g.) mean good luck
    - always shake hands with your right hand, the “good” hand (idK my grandma (she was polish btw :D) used to say this)
    - if you swallow your bubblegum you’ll suffocate and die
    - don’t use your mobile phone during lightnings, you might get struck and killed by a lightning even inside your house.
    - turn off your tv during lightnings and thunderstorms or it might explode
    - never say “I won’t be next” at a wedding if you’re not married or you’ll be next for sure
    - never eat white sausages (Weißwurst) after 12.00 lunchtime, that might mean bad luck (some ppl said this here in Bavaria LOL)
    - full moon means having a hard time sleeping
    - if christmas is warm then spring will be ice cold
    - do not pick up dead deer from the street (drive round it) or you’ll get some infectious diseases

    There was some other thing about weddings too, but I cannot remember right now… anything with rain and good/bad luck. People from Germany, can anyone remember/does anyone know what I mean? ^^

    • - never say “I won’t be next” at a wedding if you’re not married or you’ll be next for sure
      :D never heard of it nor have I heard about the Weißwurst, but I’m from Northern Germany … :D

      For the deer one, that pretty much applies to all animals, right? My parents always told me not to tough any dead animal.

      - Then there’s the thing with the ledder. You shouldn’t walk beneath it or something.

      - Black cat crossing your way from left to right = bad luck BUT black cat crossing your way from right to left = luck

      - If you see a chimney sweeper or a bride by chance = Luck

      I don’t know about the rain+wedding :( sorry

  130. apparently in both korea and japan, if you clip your nails at night you will see your parents die? and whistling at night is bad luck. aaand in japan if you sneeze, it means that someone is talking about you…

  131. This is all for girls:
    If you pinch the bride on her thigh, you will get married next.
    Dont jump on a trampoline or ride a horse or else your uterus will fall!!!

    But like other countries, its mostly the older people.
    From Saudi Arabia ^^

  132. yeaph i legit thought it’d be like.. fangirls/guys chasing after their idols and then got run over.

  133. in Denmark it’s good luck to be pooed on by a bird… – but only if it’s in the head – or should – not sure :)

  134. In the Netherlands I know that or at least someone once told me that if you eat the seeds of a watermelon that a plant would grow outside your ears. O_O

  135. Some Swedish superstitions:

    1. If you see a black cat it’s the devil in disguise. Spit three times over your left shoulder to protect yourself.

    2. Heather (<- a kind of flowers) at home brings death. – So if you see these, don't bring them home. Swedish superstition suggests you won't live to tell the story.

    3. If you sneeze it means that your enemy has mentioned your name.

    4. "Pepper, pepper touch wood" – To prevent something nasty from happening, Swedes simply knock on wood
    while reciting "peppar, peppar ta i trä" so they're not jinxed. Just a
    plain knock works for other nationalities, but Swedes like to be extra

    5. Don't go under a ladder, it will give you three weeks of bad luck.

    6. On Friday the thirteenth, don't step on a crack in the street. If you do it will bring terrible, irrevocable misfortunes.

    7. Don't spill salt, if you do it will give you bad luck.

    8. Don't open a umbrella indoors, it will bring you years of bad luck.

    9. If an owl appears near your house, someone in the family will die.

    10. If magpies plays in your garden, you will get a visitor.

    11. If you have cake and your slice of cake falls over, you’ll never get married.

    12. If it rains on your wedding, you’ll have a long and happy marriage.

    13. Stepping on manholes (i think that's the name in english, sounds to dirty tho haha) with an “A” on them is bad luck.

    14. Leaving your keys on the table is also bad luck, a belief that
    supposedly dates back to 'ye good olde days in Sweden, when prostitutes
    would signal their availability by leaving the keys to their rooms on
    the bar.

    Me myself never go under a ladder, or open an umbrella inside. I also never step on an "A" manholes (manholes… nasty)

  136. Don’t play hide and seek at night. The spirits may hide you forever and you will never be found
    Don’t comb your hair in front of a mirror with a candle at midnight. You will be trapped in the spirit world.
    Don’t hang your laundry out at night. Your laundry will allow spirits to recognise your scent and target you
    Don’t whistle at night at home. It will attract snakes(with evil spirits) into your house.

  137. About the “blessing” someone after they sneeze: I never really realized it was a superstition until now. I just thought it was something people did after someone sneeze to recognize that they almost just blew their brains out you know? I’m from Canada and currently living in Taiwan, and I find that when I sneeze and no one says “bless you” (which I’ve heard so often that it’s kinda lost its meaning to me. Like Newfoundland) I feel a little unloved lol. And when someone sneezes and I don’t hear other people saying bless you or “ga-zoontight” (I have NO clue how to spell that, it’s german for the same thing I believe) It’s weird as well. I’ll actually say ga-zoontight after someone sneezes just outta habit, and I feel weird not saying it, but at the same time, with no one else saying it, and the recipient of my acknowledging that they almost died not understanding it, I feel weird too…..

  138. What stories to Koreans tell? Like what stories do parents tell their kids in order to scare them so they behave? Or like, La Llorona

  139. Brazil

    -If you drink milk and eat mango (not necessarily in that order) you DIE. (The story behind it its because back in the 1500s when we had slaves, all their masters would let them eat really were mangos. So they would sometimes drink the milk from their master’s cows secretly and very stealthily. However, their masters found out and came up with this story to stop them from stealing milk. Some people, especially old people, still believe it and will yell at you if you eat mango and drink milk lol).

    -If a pregnant woman is craving something and she doesn’t get it, then the kid will be born looking like that something. ie. If i’m pregnant and I’m craving apples and I don’t get one, my kid will look like an apple. lol Some people say the kid will always have his mouth open and hanging. Also, the person who refused to fulfill the mother’s wishes will get pink eye.

    -If someone sweeps your feet (with a broom) you will never get married.

    -If you eat the last something of the pack. Like, if you eat the last cookie of the box or the last candy of the bag, you will also never get married.

    -If it rains in your wedding, its bad luck. Which is the opposite of Korea hahahaha.

    -In addition, if you eat something straight from the pan, it will rain on your wedding day.

    -We have a lot of superstitions with the Moon. If you cut your hair in a full moon, it will have a lot of volume. If you cut it in crescent moon, it will grow faster. If you cut it in waning moon then your hair will either be very thin or it won’t grow. Some people say it will fall of. There are also tons of moon superstitions related to agriculture. Also, when a person is very lucky we say he/she was born with his butt facing the moon LOL.

    -We have the more common ones like black cat is bad luck, breaking a mirror is 7 years of bad luck, walking under the stairs its bad luck, stepping on a crack on the street is also bad luck.

    -If someone says something that is bad or bad luck you should knock on wood three times so that it won’t happen.

    -Kids that play with fire, will pee on their beds.

    -If someone buys some kind of food/drink and you eat/drink it before they do, then you are going to steal their boyfriend/girlfriend.

    -If you eat and then go swimming or take a shower you will have indigestion. Some people say you DIE. lol

    -If you walk under a rainbow you will change genders. LOL

    There are tons more, Brazil has A LOT of superstitions. I know cause I’m Brazilian. Most people don’t believe most of these anymore, but grandparents are very fierce about them LOL.

    • Rainbow science nerd alert!!!
      Did you know it’s actually impossible to walk directly under a rainbow because of the angle the sunlight is refracted the rainbow is always the same distance from your position.

  140. I spent many summer nights in korea in high school sweating like crazy because my mom wouldn’t even let me put the fan in my room!! My door had to be open, and the fan had to be in the hallway, on “turning” mode – so I only got some cool wind when it turned towards my door and when the wind bounced a little bit of air on to my face. Pretty ridiculous, but at the same time I kind of believed it because my mom and all her friends believed it! haha.

    As for writing my name in red ink – I’ve pretty much avoided it my whole life. Even in the states when signing my tip, if the waitress gives me a red pen I’ll dig through my purse for a different colored pen. ^^; I don’t know why – it just feels taboo to do it. :p

  141. I should be dead. I sleep every night with a fan blowing in my face from like 6 inches away (and it’s a big fan). In the winter I still have the fan, I just sleep under a heating blanket. If I don’t I feel like Im suffocating.

  142. Four is an unlucky number is because 사 in hanja, the old writing system for Korean, is both for four and death. like 사자 can mean deceased (死者) or four parties (四者) so four is unlucky for Koreans as well. But then again, hanja is korean language borrowed from chinese so… Or maybe it’s unluckier for Koreans since the Hanja for death and four is the same, while in chinese, the two are different in tones lol :O
    I don’t know if this superstition is from my country or just from my mum lmao but she says we have to knock on the door when we enter a hotel room as a way to ask permission from the ‘spirits’ that are staying in the room that we will be staying there for a few days so that they won’t be pissed that you are taking over their territory without asking LOL.

  143. Being Filipino my mother has a tendency of tell my family to always eat with the lights on, if you eat in the dark it’s bad luck.
    Also there’s myth called the “Manananggal” it is a vampire-like creature that would eat fetuses and to ward these vampires away is to spread salt on your windows.

  144. the unlucky 4 thing – it’s unlucky in countries that use chinese vocabs, and the IL, EE, SAM, SA (일, 이, 삼, 사) numbers system is sino-korean, and like you said, SA sounds like ‘death’ in chinese. so basically april 4th is the day of death. actually i learned about it recently because they announced b1a4 and 2pm’s comebacks for may which was way too long for me because they always annouce comebacks in like 2 weeks in prior at max right??

  145. Baka lol. At first I thought you were talking about Simon, Martina. lol i kid.

  146. During Chinese new year eve, we cant sweep the floor AT ALL, is like you are sweeping away all the fortune and luck. but i think is true you know, cause one of my friend’s parents sweeps the floor during Chinese new year eve, then the next few months, his father lost his job, got into a car crash, got robbed etc etc….. so yeah!

  147. Dear Simon and Martina :)
    So, it’s been a while since i’ve known about illuminati and at first i thought only western musics has it. but now in youtube, there’s a lot of people making videos about illuminati in korean musics!
    to think logically, koreans have a really great sense in fashion, so maybe they’re just trying to be up to date by seeing the westerns. but unfortunately, those people in youtube doesn’t really think like that. they encourage kpop fans to stop being a fan and just listening to religious songs.
    what do you think about this, and what are your responses?
    Janniece, Indonesia

  148. hapagirl

    I would say there’s a few things I do that are superstitions. I will never bring pork over the Pali Highway, if I remember correctly it’s because will anger one of the gods and the car will not start. Don’t ever take a lava rock, Madam Pele will not be happy with you. My mom has this thing about me not sleeping with the fan on me, mainly because she believes that’s why I get sick.

    I do find it funny how there are so many religious people here, but they still will respect the Hawaiian gods. It seems like things sorta strangely go hand in hand here. I even believe all of these, expect the fan one.

    Oh I forgot one, if you see a owl in front of you, don’t go ahead. You turn around and go back. If it flies over you, there’s danger back there. This one I believe 100%. My uncles were driving somewhere and they saw a owl. They turned back and went home. Turns out, there was a bad accident where they were going and would have been killed on the stop.

  149. lottery ticket = can’t find because it’s illegal for Koreans to gamble. BUT what of the casinos?! SO MANY. and so many Asians inside…
    that’d be because they’re all for the foreigners (apparently… there are a lot of Indians inside? And of course the expected Chinese and Japanese)

  150. Funfact:U bless people when they sneeze because that short millisecond(or even shorter) moment that u sneeze, ur heart stops beating, so people bless others that they won’t die!

    • hungry.hungry.catapillar

      Oh, that’s so cool!

    • Wow, interesting. I didn’t know that 0_0

    • Are you sure about that? A heart beats really slowly compared to a millisecond. If you have 60 heartbeats per minute that’s 1 heartbeat by second. So basically you are saying that if you happen to sneeze when your heart is beating it will stop the beat? How can you stop something that you have already started like that. It makes no sense to me. I really don’t know if it’s true or not, but I believe you should not trust everything you read on internet.

    • Actually, it was believed that when you sneeze a demon will posses you, so you bless them to rid of the demon.

  151. Hi Simon and Martina^^

    So I know that you guise came to korea to teach and that a lot of your friends and family told you not to,

    But what made do decide to come to korea in the first place?

    And what made you guise want to come to korea so badly even when a lot of people tried to stop you???

    THANKS ><

  152. But what if I indeed saw a dream about G-Dragon? It was yesterday, we compared our hands because we had similar wounds(?!?) on our fingers. Some crazy dreams I have…

    Anyway, Finland doesn’t have a lot of superstitions, not at least that I know of. We have all these magic things you can do to foretell your future etc, but I don’t know if those are real superstitions. And yes I’ve done some of those :D This year should be a good year for me financially but I don’t know about that, the first three months weren’t too good. Haha of course we don’t really believe them, it’s just something we do for fun or because it’s a tradition.

    Wait, I remember one! If one of your eye lashes fall, you should pick it up, put it on the pad of your thumb and blow it away while wishing something and the wish will come true! Some say you should throw it over your shoulder but throwing an eyelash is frigging difficult, so I prefer blowing them away.

  153. hungry.hungry.catapillar

    Crap! The fan turns into a clown! I hate clowns! They’re so scary!~
    …even worse that i’m listening to jin young-boogie man! while waiting for this to load…

  154. I’m sure somebody already probably posted this, but I’ll post it anyways.
    Simon’s whole thing about thinking that “four” in Korean has no relation to the Korean pronounciation of death it wrong.
    But this is all becuase of Chinese influence on Korean, yay!
    So, Chinese, the character for death in Chinese is si. And four is si.
    HOWEVER, in Korean, the Chinese character for death is pronounced sa (사) — (사망 – is the hanja/Chinese-character dervied word used for deaths, you can see it in newspapers). And the Korean number four, that is of Chinese origin is also sa. (Korean has 2 numbering systems, one in native Korean, which is the 하나, 둘, 셋, 넷, etc. And the Chinese orign one of 일, 이, 삼, 사 etc.)

  155. In Vietnamese culture, there’s a superstition that if you take a picture with 3 people, the middle person will die first :/

  156. Oh, simple American ones I still kind of keep in mind for some reason is walking under an open ladder (y’know, those ones that are like / or /[ ) is supposed to be bad luck, and crossing a black cat as well.
    Although less the black cat one, I am still a little superstitious about opening umbrellas inside and walking under ladders and breaking mirrors. Not sure why XD

  157. I only spent a month in Japan, but since no one says Bless You after you sneeze, I fell out of the habit very quickly myself. Now, even though it’s been a while since I was there, and it was only a month, I still never quite got back into the habit. My mom gets mad at me XD

  158. Honestly, one of the biggest superstitions in the Hispanic culture (which is mine O/) is, if you’re a child, do not go out after dusk or ___________ will get you. Another thing is that children have to keep their toes clipped or covered (inside a blanket, in socks) because the duende will try to cut them for you and might accidentally cut off your toes in the process. I’m not sure if this is a culture thing or a thing from my family, but we have a shoe superstition too; a woman is not to buy a man new shoes (unless they are already married) because those are the shoes he’ll walk out on you with.

  159. Wow. Ok, I’m actually really freaked out by my ceiling fans and now…table fans as well… TT

  160. The ‘bless you’ after sneezing… When I first started doing that with my kindergarten students, they thought it was the most hilarious thing in the world. Every time I said it, the whole class would just crack up. By the end of the year, though, they were all saying it to each other. ^_^

  161. Martina I thought you weren’t clumsy but “environmentally challenged”?

  162. We don’t give clocks as a present to people cuz in our language, “gifting a clock” is pronounced same as “attending a funeral” =P

  163. Some polish one:
    When you have a baby and this baby is really cute and everyone tell this to you, you must have something red near a baby. Thanks to this no one will curse your baby. (I have little brother and ha had always red ribbon on his trolley).
    When you have an exam everybody will kick your butt – it’s bring a lot of luck
    And when you doing something big, like exam, and someone tell you ‘good luck’ you can’t say ‘thank you’ – it will be unlucky
    More with exams: don’t cut your hair – you will cut you intelect.
    When you worry about something and say it loud, you must quickly knock on unpaited wood or spit (we say that you spit this words). When you don’t do this, a thing which you said will happen.
    This one are popular in Poland ( I think). I live with grandma and she belive in this so she is doing a lot of thing like this: she keep mirrow near window – that will keep witch and curse far away from house.

    • In America, we have the wood thing but here it’s “Knock on wood”. I remember doing this tons of times as a kid. When we’d be worried about something and tell a friend or something you would both look at each other with wide eyes and say “Knock on wood!” in unison. It resulted in lots of running to doors to knock on them or your desks and other tables and such.

  164. I’ve heard of fan death, but had no idea about the details. I thought maybe it was the blades that were dangerous (I have seen Willy Wonka, after all).

  165. my friend went as FAN DEATH for Halloween. dressed as the Grim Reaper with a fan cover tied around his next. instant hit everywhere he went

  166. In Jakarta (Indonesia) there is some shopping malls that does not have level 4 too, I think the bad luck of number 4 is spread out through Asia

  167. I thought you had a typo on “Baka”. I heard people said that opening umbrella inside your house is bad. Till this day I don’t know the reason why. Some weird superstitions i grew up with: If you break glass, it’s a bad omen. If you run over a black cat you are going to get bad luck for a long time.
    With the red pen writing, it’s consider rude to write in red.

  168. OnigiriBunnie

    One of my friends living in Korea told me that fan death is not necessarily always used just for the fan situation. He told me that it can sometimes be used to describe mysterious, embarrassing deaths or deaths explained to children so that you aren’t traumatizing them. He explained it as you wouldn’t tell a child their grandpa died of alcohol poisoning but instead fan death since the myth is widely accepted.


    Can you please talk about korean variety shows like running man? What’s popular (if they are?), any thoughts you or the general korean population have on korean variety shows, etc?

  170. My husband’s grandmothers were very upset that we had a cat in the house when we had a new baby. They said cats suck the breath out of babies while they are sleeping.

    • There is a reasonable explanation for this one actually. Cats sometimes like ti sleep on babies’ chests which makes it hard to breathe. If the cat isn’t moved off of the baby, there is a chance the baby could die. You also have that parasite that approximately 1/3 cats carry that is potentially fatal to an infant and cat scratch fever.

  171. The rain on the day of the wedding thing is also a big superstition in Haiti and for Haitians. My parents got married practically in a hurricane the rain was so bad. So as my mom was telling me this story, I asked how pissed was she about it all- what with a white dress and all, and she said that everyone was actually thrilled for the rain because it was a sign that she and my dad would have a great married life together. I called malarky on it mainly because ain’t nobody got time for rain on their wedding day, but I am proud to report that my folks have been happily married for 29 years this month. My cousin got married in a bad storm in New Jersey, 5 years ago, and she and her hubby are still more in love than I have ever seen them. So Haitians love themselves some rain during weddings.
    It’s ironic really to think about it because the one thing a black girl can’t stand after she’s gotten her hair all done up is rain and water messing up her do and rain on the one day that your hair is the most “puurrtty” is completely fine. #MindBlown

    They also believe that if a girl has a widow’s peak [that odd hairline where a tiny point forms about in the middle of it] then she will sadly become a widow or have a hard time finding a husband. So you are encouraged to cover it with bangs or tailor your hairline. Like a girls needs another reason why she can’t find a man.

  172. Being married to a Korean woman, I too experienced her family fear of “fan death” on a hot Early August visit one year. Finding no rational logic to my survival after a night of unassisted suicide (my wife told to sleep in another room), it was decided that the body hair of my White skin protected me, by either creating mad levels of heat or flattening the stirring air. For added benefit it was decided that it extended to those that slept with me as my wife of several years was able to communicate her personal survival fully with these new witnesses. Thus in the next morning, I woke to find myself crushed under the numerous children of the family that figured this was a really good way to stay cool. Clearly, laying next too, on top of, propped against, pining arms or legs was required for the magic to work. I might have died of suffocation hadn’t the smallest walking over in the dark to join the rest didn’t step on my ‘sensitivity’ sending me crawling out from under the pile and away from the fan… so yes… fan death is possible… I won’t even go into the breakfast conversation about how I, “left all the family’s children to sleep alone in front of a fan as I took shelter at the couch”. Non-Korean Men (and women), don’t sleep with a fan at your in-laws, it’s dangerous!!! Oh, soooo dangerous! Now, a cold damp refrigerated towel that’s the level of crazy you need to survive. Thank you for the inspiration ‘Hitch Hiker’s Guide’!

  173. Simon, I just love your writing. Please write us a book. About nasties. Or something.

  174. I’m half Korean, living in Australia. I tutor a Korean family friend in English, and when she sneezed and I said ‘bless you’, she had me explain the whole reason for it and everything. I learnt then that it was a very non-Korean superstition. XD

  175. The chinese have the same superstition about shoes but it applies to everyone, not just couples. Like if you give a friend a pair of shoes, that friend will leave you but if the friend gives you back some money, say 20 cents, that reverses the effect.

  176. Mexican superstitions:

    Tuesday 13 is our equal of friday 13

    To prevent that it rains in your wedding you must stab knifes in the ground and take eggs to an orphanage or a convent.

    If you have and unwanted visit in your house put a broom behind the door to make him/her go away.

    If you see a dragon-fly in your house/office you’re gonna have a visit.

    Don’t give shoes to your couple he/she may run away.

    If your feet are swept with a broom your gonna marry someone old.

    If you sit in the corner of a table your not gonna marry.

    Pass under a ladder it’s bad luck.

    Throwing salt it’s really bad luck, so if you by mistake throw the salt shaker right away take the salt scattered and toss it over your right shoulder

    • Wow! hahaha I had fun reading this one because I’m Mexican and didn’t even know about this superstitions! lol! xD I think I only heard the salt one…

  177. Ok, the high heel superstition is similar to one that exists in my family… To keep a man around, you wear his boots around the house….or put his boots/shoes under your bed.

  178. Simon and Martinaaaaaa! You’ve done videos on Christmas and Valentine’s in Korea but what about other holidays? I heard kids go trick or treating to banks for Halloween? How about some unique Korean holidays like Children’s Day?

  179. When I was in Korea and I told my roommates I wanted to buy a fan for when I sleep they were like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and i laughed… because I have a fan going right now… lol

  180. Maybe I just couldn’t find someone else who commented about the “eye” of the tornado thing…um…Martina, you are 100% correct. The eye is the calmest part of a tornado/hurricane/storm, and is what Simon called the “eye of the storm”. So it was really funny to watch Simon make fun of you…when he was totally wrong…

    Also, do your families not know how famous you are?

  181. Well here in the States we pretty much have the same ones that you guys referenced in the blog like

    1. breaking a mirror & getting seven years bad luck

    2. not opening an umbrella indoors

    3. don’t step on a line or crack because you’ll break your mother’s back

    4. if your left palm itches then you will owe money but if your right palm itches then you’ll receive money

    5. absolute NO walking under a ladder.

    But the one that my mom told me when I was little was:

    6. DON’T go to sleep with your hair wet or you’ll DIE!

    I think she said that’s what happened to a girl she knew when she was young and still lived in Mexico. :S So I’m not sure if that’s something in all of Mexico or a superstition my mom just made up. :P However, I have never tried to disprove it for fear of being proven wrong. lol. So to this day I make sure to follow that superstition. I always make sure to take a shower early on in the evening to give my hair enough time to dry. Or if I take a shower late at night then I will make sure to stay up until it dries. Or if I have to go to sleep early and I know I won’t be able to stay up for my hair to dry then I won’t take a shower at night but instead will wake up extra early to take a shower in the morning. Anything to avoid going to sleep with my hair wet. CRAZY, I know! But it’s a superstition I’ve grown up with and I can’t shake it. :P

  182. There’s only one superstition that I know about my people. In Haiti it’s believed that if you walk around while only wearing one shoe/sandal then it means you want your mother to die. My mother told me this when I was 5 so my memory is a little foggy.

    • Wait do you live in Haiti or are you Haitian? I travel there for mission trips often and I see it as my second home! When I was in Port au Prince a couple weeks ago, I kept up with Simon and Martina’s posts when I had access to internet. I taught a few of my Haitian friends how to say hello in Korean too lol. Most people think it’s comical that I have a heart for Haiti and Kpop :)

  183. You guys should talk about conception dream. It’s dream people have when a child is conceived (aka becoming pregnant). It shows what kind of potential the child has. My cousins were blue pepper, ripe persimmon, big fish, ratsnake, and tiger. My little brother and I were tigers. In the dream for my little brother, my dad was outside and saw a tiger running around in madness. It was so strong it literally flew every time it leaped forward. A fire started in the field. Fire means he’s going to make a lot of money.

  184. wait!? people DO care about opening up umbrellas indoors!! xP

  185. funny you mention fan death. My mom told me sleeping with a fan on is unhealthy as well. But she never said it could cause death; just that it increases temperature or causes illness. idk. I’m not asian (peruvian and guatemalan) and my family isn’t really all that superstitious (well my dad isn’t at all, my mom has her moments).

  186. Jack Stachowicz

    Being 2nd generation American, I heard a bunch of crazy superstitions from my Polish babci (grandma):
    Don’t whistle in the house – it makes the angels cry.
    Bless yourself after a loud clap of thunder or lightning to protect yourself.
    Don’t sing in the house on Good Friday.
    Don’t give a knife or a set of knives as gifts because they’re bad luck gifts (i.e. symbols of death)
    When celebrating a birthday, the birthday boy or girl can make the first cut in the cake, but they should never withdraw the knife, otherwise it’s bad luck. The host should withdraw the knife from the cake.
    The birthday boy or girl should always be given the first slice of birthday cake otherwise it’s bad luck
    It’s bad luck to pull the covers over your head because you can suffocate in bed.
    Don’t sleep with your feet uncovered.

  187. Haitian Superstitious

    1.If it’s raining when the sun is shining then the devil is beating his wife

    2.If someone sweeps your feet with a broom you will not get married

    3.If you sharpen both ends of your own pencil, you’ll lose both your parents on the same day.

    4. Walking backwards will cause you to lose a member of your family.

    6. If you walk around with one shoe on, you’re calling one of your parents to the grave.

    7. Never walk past under someone’s extended arm. If you do, you will experience no more growth spurt.
    8. If you open an umbrella indoors, death will loom over the whole house.

    9. If you eat standing up, you’ll end up with a swollen leg.

    10. If you walk around on your knees, you’ll cause the death of one of your parents.
    11.On your wedding day, if you let your new husband slip the ring on your finger pass the big knuckle, he will dominate the relationship.
    12.A black butterfly in your path is the precursor of bad news.
    13.If a black bird flies into your home you must kill it, otherwise death will come to someone close to you.
    14. If a funeral procession passing in the streets suddenly stops in front of your house, you have to quickly throw a bucket of water at the entrance of your house to prevent death from coming into your home.
    15.f you run into some kind of misfortune on New Year’s Day, this same misfortune will follow you throughout the whole year.
    16.If you shave, you will lose your strength.
    17.If you cut your hair when the moon is full or nearly, your hair will grow back.
    18.If you play with your shadow, it will come to scare you while you’re sleeping.

    19.If you play with your shadow, it will come to scare you while you’re sleeping.
    20. While your pregnant, if you encounter someone that’s ugly your child with be ugly.
    If you guys want more than just thumb it up.

    • Ahhhh! Are you Haitian? My mind is kind of blown right now that more than one person commenting here seems to be Haitian. While I am not Haitian(as seen by my white girl photo icon), I have a major heart for Haiti and my many friends(who I consider family) who live there! I consider Bohoc(a small town between Hinche and Pignon) my second home! People generally find it funny that I love Haiti and Kpop but maybe I’m not completely alone!

  188. I don’t know if this is already mentioned but I always read/see those superstition stories. For example (I’ll make one up), a girl name Mary was a lonely girl. No one liked her and she’s always bullied at school. But one day at night, she got raped and murdered. Now, her ghost haunts to who ever reads this story. If you do not pass this message to 5 videos, Mary will come by your bedroom and murder you at midnight.

    I read them sometimes, but guess what… I’m still alive!

  189. lol i think that death by a fan thing is crazy. I couldn’t think of too many superstitions but I think these are just like the most basic and common ones I know.

    1.Step on a crack and break your mothers back
    2.If your ears are ring or burning then someone is talking about you.
    3. If you have a baby boy don’t cut his hair before his 1st birthday
    4.If it’s raining when the sun is shining then the devil is beating his wife
    5. If your palm is itching then your about to come into money
    6.Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll never have any money.
    7. Don’t leave your hair in a brush or comb and to burn cause if a bird get’s it and builds a nest out of it you’ll get a headache.
    and i’m from the united states.

  190. Well not sure if these have been mentioned before for Chinese superstitions but:

    1) You’re not supposed to give people shoes as a gift on their birthday. Or buy shoes within the first month of the lunar year.

    Not exactly related to the “high heel giving of doom” but because the sound for shoes in Cantonese sounds like a sigh and if you give people “sighs” then you’re wishing bad things will happen in their life.

    2) If you leave pieces of rice in your bowl uneaten, your future wife/husband will have pockmarks on their face.

    I’m pretty sure this one is just to scare kids into eating all of their rice.

    3) If you ring a bell in the middle of the night, spirits will follow you home/flock to your location.

    4) Don’t sweep anything out the door – associated with sweeping the luck out of your home.

    5) Don’t get married on the same month as someone close to you or on the same lunar much of your parents’ birthdays.

    Apparently this has to do with balance – too much of a good thing at once invites disasters so events that are lucky should not clash.

    6) Following that same vein of thought, if there has been a death in the family, you are not allowed to visit other people’s homes for the next month/three months (depending on what you follow). This is to keep from spreading your bad luck to other families.

    7) Do not give clocks as gifts.

    The words “gifting a clock” in Chinese (at least the Cantonese pronunciation) sounds the same as saying someone is going to die.

    8) Pregnant women should not sew, paint, hit nails, move homes…etc.

    Supposedly sewing, painting, hitting nails will damage the spirit of the baby (ie. poking holes in the child, marring the skin…etc.) and moving homes takes away from the stability of the pregnancy, making a miscarriage more likely.

    9) If the stalk of tea leaves is floating upright in your cup, you are going to get a visitor.

    10) If you sneeze, someone is talking about you.

    11) If you left eyebrow twitches, something bad is going to happen; conversely, if your right eyebrow twitches, something good is going to happen.

    12) On gambling! If you see a bald monk/nun on the streets you will lose. Wear red underwear for good luck. If someone puts their arm/hand around your shoulder while you are gambling you will also lose money. Don’t give people books when they’re gambling because it has the same sound as the word “lose” in Cantonese.

    There’s also a billion other things about when to wash your hair/not wash your hair, cut your hair, go certain places that I can’t remember right now. Hope this was informative/entertaining.

  191. When I saw the title and read “Fan Death” I thought you meant an actually person who was a fan of yours dying.

    Oh. I was way off XD

  192. I don’t know if these are Haitian superstitions or if my family is crazy. lol. My mom told me if your ear itches then someone is talking about you. If you bite your tongue, then someone is talking bad about you. There’s a way to get back at the person but it requires profanity so I won’t say. If you hear someone calling your name, don’t answer unless you physically see that person. I was home alone once and heard someone calling me and thought it was my mom so I kept answering, but when no reply came I went to see what she needed and found out she left for work hours before. Lesson learned; she lectured me like crazy when I told her. If the palm of your hand itches you’ll have good luck with money, so go play the lotto. One night a lizard was scaling my ceiling and landed on my head while I was sleeping, so I researched it. In India it’s believed to be a sign that someone will die. My father passed away months later. I saw a butterfly right before a thunderstorm that day and some believe it’s the dead before they accept death and leave earth (Butterflies are supposed to represent rebirth). Also, getting life insurance is like inviting death to take you(Not that we haven’t gotten it, but you get a good case of the creeps while signing the papers *Shiver*). Those are all the ones I can remember at the moment.

  193. Actually the number 4 superstition is in Japan as well. Apparently there are many buildings that only go to 3 stories or skip the 4th floor entirely.

  194. Lindsey Rieder

    I lived in India for awhile…. here are some fun superstitions from there:
    1.) If you nose itches, someone is thinking of you
    2.) If you hand salt directly to someone else you’ll get in a fight later.
    3.) If you clink your chimta together while making roti (big tongs for flipping bread) you’re parents will get in a fight. It’s really TRUE because I did it and my friend told me it would make my parents fight so I called them to prove her wrong and they were just FIGHTING when I called. So obviously it’s true. I have scientific evidence.
    4.) If you get wet in the rain you’ll get sick (even if it is during a 110 degree summer heat wave).
    5.) If you give dogs meat from a cow (aka the animal you don’t eat in India) they will band together in packs and start taking out everyone’s cows. This would be impressive… if only it were true.

    • Hi!
      Oh a comment about #6: Well there’s a really famous Indian actor Hrithik Roshan who was born with an extra finger. I always wondered why he didn’t get it surgically removed. I guess number 6 explains it. lol. But I guess it’s true because he’s super famous and rich now plus hot (light green eyes & a bod!) so yaaay for him! :)

      • Lindsey Rieder

        Yeah, I think little differences like that are more accepted in India anyways… peopel are less likely to get cosmetic surgery… I thought of another one:

        People will draw a mole on a baby’s face with kajol (black eyeliner) to project the baby from the Indian eqivalent of the evil eye– explained to me as “If the baby is too cute someone might guess jealous and wish bad things on the baby”.

        Also there are different rings that are supposed to help with different things… a ring with a pearl (you’ll see a lot of Indians wearing these on their pinkie) is supposed to help/prevent depression/stress/anxiety… and there are a lot more like this but I don’t remember… most are based off of Indian astrology. Also lots of little toddlers and babies with have a square silver pendant on a black string around their neck which is supposed to be calming (aka prevent naughtiness) because silver is associated with the moon.

        • Oh I’ve noticed the mole superstition in some of the movies I’ve seen. I didn’t know about the other ones. Very interesting! I’ll be on the look out for more of these when watching my Bollywood movies or interviews with actors/actresses. Thanks! :)

  195. kawaii_candie

    The “fan death” is a thing in Japan too!! when i first got here, it was august and really freakin hot and i was told by several people that i could die from having my fan on at night and i was like “are you fucking kidding me?!”, i’ve done it all my life in Canada (no air conditioning in my house) and have never died. and i love that people were always arguin with me like it was a proven scientific fan.

    same thing with the open windows in winter. at my old school, there was no heating, and in the winter they would open ALL the windows in the school (it got to about 0C at the coldest) and they would say they needed to “change the air” so students wouldn’t catch influenza. and every year, there were like 10+ students per class who would end up sick with influenza. and they’d be like “we must open the windows MORE!!” and i was just like “in Canada it’s -30 in the winter. if we all opened the windows we would DIE. you know how many students get influenza in the winter? a handful in the WHOLE school.” and they would look at me with that deadpan look and carry on as if i hadn’t said a word… *sigh*

    what is it with these people taking their grannies’ tales so seriously? i mean, i know we have superstitions back home, but we all take them with a grain of salt…

  196. “十四” (fourteen) is worse than “四” (four) in Chinese because when you include the one, it sounds like “most certainly die”.

    However, eight is considered the best and most lucky number in chinese. so if you live in an apartment or your workplace has eight in the address, you will obtain many riches and wealth. Some chinese people go to great lengths just to get one or multiple 8′s in their address or licence plates.

  197. I have totally heard about the fan death. But I live in Colorado, US and it gets ridiculously hot in the summer. Thus, I always have my fan going in the summer. Plus I live in the basement of my house, so I can’t open the windows. My fan is always going, every night, doors and windows closed. I’m a fan death survivor!

  198. I was told by my parents to always place my chopsticks down flat on the table or over the bowl when I’m not using it. If I were to let the chopsticks rest in the bowl then it would mean I was feeding the dead or spirits…something like that.

    • Me too! I was told by my friends’ parents (since I’m not Asian) that when I am done eating to rest my sticks on the bowl, because sticking them into the food and having them stick up looks like incense sticks you light for the dead.

  199. For anyone interested, this article explains how fan death could partially be based on truth ^^ http://askakorean.blogspot.be/2009/01/fan-death-is-real.html

    • Yeah everyone should read it! I personally think it makes sense if you are drunk (you won’t wake up) and it’s crazy hot. Where I live, it’s almost never hotter than 25C at night so I don’t fear to die. XD

  200. upon watching about fan death, i remember i sleep with the fan facing to me last night (with the door closed) but nothing happened to me today because the windows were open last night ^^

  201. My lucky number is 4.
    And I thought it was shoes to boy/girlfriend in general.

    In Sweden:
    If you don’t finish the food on your plate, it’s gonna rain the next day.
    If you kill a spider, it will rain the next day.
    Don’t open your umbrella indoors.
    Say “bless you” (“prosit” in swedish) when somebody sneezes or else an evil spiritual process them, or if nobody tells you “bless you” after you sneezed you can’t talk until somebody say your name or else you’ll let an evil spirit in or something.
    Mostly when somebody sneezes, in like a classroom, you’ll hear a chorus of “bless you”s.
    Cover your mouth when you yawn or you’ll let an evil spirit in.
    If you see a black cat, spit over your left shoulder.
    A broken mirrow=7 years of bad luck.
    DO NOT step on a crack on the street, or your mother will break her back.
    Don’t leave your keys on the table (hehe~ to leave Key on the table~)
    Don’t walk on the 13th step on the stairs. (all 13 things are from USA)
    “All good things come in 3″
    Don’t step on your or anybodys shadow.
    You’ll get married in 7 years if you catch the bouquet (which I think is a joke, since most people only get engaged and not married here nowadays, even if they have kids and a home together)
    Knock on wood if you happen to look at the clock if it is like… 9:09, 11:11, 15:15.

    It means good luck if you HAPPEN to button the wrong hole, don’t correct it or you’ll take away the good luck.
    Bird poop is lucky.
    If you cut your hair on the day of a full moon it will grow out quickly.
    If you sneeze, or hickup, or your ears start ringing or if you randomly think about a person somebody is talking or thinking about you.
    If you pick 7 kinds of flowers without talking and put them under your pillow and sleep on them on the night of midsummer you will dream of the person you will marry.
    Never cut a red string with the help of a person, you will cut the sting that conect you.
    Never name your baby after a dead person, the baby will die.

  202. Sometimes superstitions are made up to warn people of dangerous/undesirable behavior. Simon mentioned about dying from fish bone getting stuck in the throat. Such death is possible, but very unlikely unless the bone is big enough to choke the throat completely. Same with fan death, it is possible to die from losing body temperature control by prolonged exposure to strong fan blowing, but it is very unlikely. Anyway, both cases warn people of a certain danger.

  203. Not saying “bless you” when someone sneezes? Gosh, I couldn’t do that. I say “bless you” to random people in stores, even if they are an aisle away from me. Although, this did help make sense of something. The Korean student in my class sneezed, and I just automatically said “bless you”. He looked at me weird… Didn’t even say thank you. But now I know why.

  204. I still want to know about that one room you guys said was.. a bad luck room or that its haunted? Something like that… oh I’m so curious about that since the moment you guys mentioned it and have been waiting for the moment you guys tell us about it. Would you please tell us about it someday?

  205. I like the idea of a video on how to win a million bucks in korea That sounds interesting

  206. I’m a Filipino living in Canada and there are only a few superstitions I’ve heard of:

    1. If you cut your nails at night it’s bad luck (I think you’ll parents will fight or something… or your family will fight… IDK remember ><)

    2. If you sleep with wet hair, you'll go blind

    3. Ant's in your house are a sign of a happy family (My mom doesn't believe in this one. She said, "Well I guess all family's are happy in the Philippines")

    4. My mom said throwing away rice is bad luck. She's REALLY serious about this one. When we're finished eating she makes one of my sisters or me eat the remaining rice off of the spoon. No ONE grain is allowed to be left.

    Reading about all of the different superstitions are so fascinating O-O. Some countries seem to have similar ones and others have really interesting ones XD

  207. In Sweden we have the usual that you have to spit 3 times over your left shoulder whenever something bad happens, or knock on wood, like if a cat passes the street, if you put your keys on a table, if you walk on one of those metal thingys on the street that leads down to the sewers depending on which letter is on it (it could mean luck, bad luck or beauty). We also say bless you after someone has sneezed, and if you don’t, it’s almost rude, haha!

  208. When visiting someone at there home all ways leave the same door you entered through.
    Driving in a car and a black cat crosses the road in front of you, take your finger and put a x on the windshield to stop the bad luck.
    If a bird flies into your house its a Sign of a coming death.
    Never walk under a latter.
    If you spill salt take a pinch of the spilled salt and through it over your left shoulder


  210. Hello Simon and Martina! I have a question about manga/manhwa culture in Korea. Martina appears to be a fan of several Japanese mangas and animes and it seems quite ingrained in Japanese culture. Does Korea have a similar kind of culture? Are there manhwa otakus as well? Also have you read any yourselves? Like Trace, Noblesse and I know Goong was from a Manhwa too. Hope you can answer. :)

  211. Colombian Superstition 101:

    1. When a baby is born you tie a little red thread around his/her right wrist (some may have tiny color beads) to keep away ‘the evil eye’, which basically mean ill will against the child.
    2. If you dream of teeth, specially molars, disease and death are near. If you specifically dreams of loosing a molar in any form ( they get creative) means a death in the family or those close to you.
    3.Taking baby Jesus from San Antonio’s arms and than put him upside down brings the single woman who took the baby a boyfriend, and when you get the guy then you return baby Jesus.
    4. If you put your purse on the floor you will loose your money.
    5. When the clock hits 12′on New Years you must eat 12 grapes and ask an specific wish for each of them, you also put lentils in you wallet so that you get money.
    6. In the Llanos, when riders mount their horses they always get on, on the left side . For the Devil gets mounts on the right side.
    7. A Savila plant hanged on the inner side of you front door keeps evil away from your home.
    8. When an owl hoots at night ( think near midnight) it means that there is witch around, or the owl may be the witch.
    9.If an unmarried woman/ girl gets her feet brushed by a broom when someone is sweeping she will not get married.
    10. When someone sneezes you say “salud/ health” for the first sneeze, “dinero/ money” if they sneeze a second time and “amor/love” for the third sneeze. If I’m not mistaken this one is the same for all Latin America.
    So there …

    And this one is more of a ‘thing’ from my hometown than a superstition. Joselito dies every Martes de Carnaval/ Carnival Tuesday.

  212. One from Mexican culture is called “mal ojo” or the evil eye and my mom says that it it often happens to children and it’s because someone looks at your baby with envy or something. My mom always said you have to pray over your baby to stop it. It sounds a little strange to me but apparently she says it happened to me when I was an infant and my grandma called a bunch of people over to do the rosary over me and put an egg in a cup under water to suck out the evil….strange I know.

  213. Also Martina I think you can appreciate this: there is an episode of xxxHolic that features examples of superstitions. Episode 21 “Nail Clipper”

  214. Hello Simon and Martina,
    after talking about superstition can u explain me more about supernatural “thingy” in Korea? Like what u feel from ghost/supernatural story in korea? are they scarier than in Canada? or maybe they have different feels/vibe? i means like different country/region often produces different feel/vibe about supernatural phenomenon, like if u compare the same vampire, but the one from china; jianshi “hopping vampire”; with vampire from western myth, Count Dracula. Also how abut Korean’s point of view about supernatural phenomenon, the difference between Korea and Canada, and even maybe u can give example of kinds of ghosts famous over there, etc.
    thank you and GBU :)

  215. USA (or maybe just things I learned from my mother) superstitions:
    1. If two or more people are walking together, the group should not split a pole or tree. It brings bad luck to the oldest person.
    2. If you are sweeping the floor and you accidentally sweep your foot, you have to spit on the broom to prevent bad luck.(yes I know that disgusting)
    3. Do not step on a crack in the ground or you will have bad luck.
    4. Finding a four leaf clover brings you good luck.

  216. I can only think of the superstitions that were probably started by horror films like “bloody mary.” Which for those that don’t know is if you go into a room with a mirror at night, face the mirror turn off all the lights in that room and say, “bloody mary” three times she’ll appear in the mirror and I’ve heard scratch your face. Also, Friday the thirteenth is supposed to be an extra bad luck day. Like worse things happen on Friday the 13th. Also, walking under an open ladder is a superstitious think supposedly. I think it’s more of a safety hazard.

  217. So I know that this superstition is a british one, but in Germany for good luck you touch a chimney sweep. And appearently on New Years plant shops sell plants that have a little figureine of a chimney sweep on them..

  218. I think the one truly American superstition is if you find a penny on the ground with Lincoln’s face it’s super good luck, and if it’s tails it’s bad luck. Only real use for pennies these days lol. The #13 one is super big, sometimes buildings skip the 13th floor.

  219. In Hong Kong, my aunt would tell me to not eat eggs on a day of a test or an exam because the way that the egg is pronounced (daan 蛋) is like saying another way of saying the number 0 (ling零 gai雞 daan蛋).

    Also, if you dream of losing your teeth or dream of snakes, that means you’re going to get a lot of money sometime soon.

    There’s a saying that we shouldn’t clip our nails at night because we’ll have nightmares (or something like that I can’t remember clearly)

    Don’t open umbrellas in the house otherwise spirits would come in to your house for shelter.

    There are no new buildings with the number 4 in it because it sounds like death in Cantonese and Mandarin.

  220. What does that mean for me….. I caught the bouquet when I was seven….
    Also, one superstition that is popular in the USA is to wish on 11:11… but it really doesn’t work.. believe me lol

  221. According to two survivors who actually witnessed the center of a tornado, Martina is right.

  222. “4″ and “death” sound the same:”sa”. This is Koreanized words with Chinese origin. “nett” and “jugum” also mean
    “4″ and “death”, these are Korean words with no Chinese origin.

  223. The end was bloody brilliant. So random but to lol

  224. I’m ethnically Chinese, but my family is from Singapore. Some of the superstitions we have that you reminded me of pertain to gifts (like the shoe one).

    1. You shouldn’t ever buy ANYONE (not just guys to their girlfriends) shoes (not just high heels..but any shoe) because if you buy them shoes, it means they’ll run out on you or leave you.

    2. Don’t buy them knives (sharp bladed objects?) because it means you are cutting ties with them, so I guess the gifter and the giftee stop being friends or something like that.

    3. You also aren’t supposed to buy someone a clock…I don’t remember the exact reasoning, but I think it has something to do with your time being up or something like that (DEATHHHHH!! Si!)…oh…fan death…i wonder if you give someone a fan (which has blades) it’s like paradoxical superstition! multiple death superstitions come together at once into a swirling vortex of heeby jeeby crazy! yes…i shall stop rambling now…

    Other superstitions:
    4. We don’t clean on Chinese New Year’s because if you clean, you’ll sweep all the bad luck out.

    5. We eat longevity noodles for….longevity….on certain holidays…

    That’s all I can think of… :) Superstitions can be fun…but that fan death one does sound really stoopid. :[

  225. the reason why Koreans tend to say that 4 is unlucky number even though the belief originative from china, is that Chinese was one of the founder language for Korean. (i think this is because the founder of Korea was originally from China).

    And because of this they share the same beliefs …

  226. I remember a whole bunch of superstitions that my friends told me about while I was living in France.
    - If you can get a lady bug to sit on your finger, and if you can count the number of dots on it’s back before it flies away, the wish you would make would come true in the number of days/weeks/years indicated on the back of the ladybug.
    - If you lose an eyelash you have to slap the correct cheek in order to make a wish come true.
    - if you knock over a salt shaker it brings bad luck
    - before exams you shouldn’t say “good luck”, in High school we would usually say merde ( shit ) to eachother before the exams
    - make a wish while blowing on a dandelion, if you manage to blow all the fluff away in one breath, your wish will come true.
    - If you are hairy under your bellybutton you will be rich when you grow up
    - if you get shivers down your spine it means someone is walking on your grave from a past life.
    - sneezing 3 times brings good luck

  227. Growing up my mother would tell me it was bad luck to put your shoes on a chair or the table. Also it was bad luck to put your purse on the ground.

  228. Fan Death is also thought to be true in Japan, though I don’t think it’s a superstition… Also Air con death too… Apparently there are heaps of fan and air con related deaths every year that aren’t reported, so I’d like to know the real science behind it!
    And Martina, I’m pretty sure ‘eye of the hurricane’ is correct, I’ve heard the same thing before too.

  229. Thank you for the video. I had come across ‘fan death’ before and here is one viewpoint that I found really interesting, (Sorry if I’m not allowed to post links) http://askakorean.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/fan-death-is-real.html

  230. Another superstition I hear in Korea a lot is that if you don’t use an umbrella, a.k.a. let rain fall on your head, all your hair will fall out.

  231. I can’t say I’m very superstitious but I suppose I remember a few old superstitions here in Norway… They might be similar to other countries but…. Uhm well, 13 people at a dinner table is a no no. Unless you want one of them to die.. Black cats crossing the road in front of you is bad luck and you should avoid it at all cost… Walking under a latter is bad luck as well. And there’s the good old 7 years of bad luck when you break a mirror. Saying “tvi tvi” keeps bad luck and spirits away and some people also spit three times after saying it. Refusing a kiss under a mistletoe is bad luck. If you meet a beauty in the woods you must check that
    she doesn’t have a cows tale, because then she is what we call a “Huldra” and she lures men into the woods – and they are never seen again… OoOoh~~~ … Oh and also there is something called “nøkken” which is a creature living in some kind of pond in the woods and it calls for people – especially when they’re lost, and I’m not sure but I think people will drown if they follow the pull… Oh and it means luck to hang up a horse shoe with the ends pointing up like a U, and bad luck the other way around cause then the good luck will pour out of it…. And when there is thunder and lightning it means the God from the old mythology called “Tor” or “Thor” as he’s been called, is angry and he thunders across the sky in his wagon and waves his hammer around in anger…. Lol. Idk… ^^ I don’t think I know anyone who believes any of this x]

  232. Why did you have to show that clown?!?! AND THEN SHOW IT WARPING IN SUCH AN EVIL MANNER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    It looked just like a toy clown hat my grandma gave us from Indonesia- it had etched in forehead lines and a creepy toothy smile D:

    god! clowns are scary……

  233. The high heel one must be true. I mean, think of “You’re Beautiful.” Shin Woo buys Mi Nam high heels (even though they aren’t really dating and even though he doesn’t exactly give them to her). Who does she end up with?? Yeah, I think there might be some credence to that superstition. Or at least we can assume that the Hong sisters might believe in it a bit!

  234. I’m Filipino so I searched up some Filipino Superstitions and I found some pretty interesting ones like

    - If you sing while cooking, you might marry an old man

    - Dont wash the container that contained the food that your neighbour gave to you or else they wouldn’t give you anymore food.

    -Never ever open an umbrella inside a house or else centipedes will start falling from the ceiling

    -Dont sit on books or else you’ll get dumb

    -Carry your books on your head;you get smart

    -Breaking a mirror or some sort of glass is bad omen or should I say *almond kekeke^^

    -When your nose feels itchy that means someone is kissing a photo of you.

    i got them all from this website if you want to see more http://hagonoy-bahay-kubo.blogspot.ca/2008/03/filipino-superstitions.html

  235. In the Philippines, if you have a sister, she should never pull a ring off your finger herself and you should never pull a ring off her finger yourself. If this happens, it is said that you two will have a very big fight.

  236. OnigiriBunnie

    Black cats crossing your path are bad luck…which is silly what if you own one…Oh and don’t wear white pants after labor day…which is silly because every day is after labor day….even labor day technically. Oh America…why.

  237. Where I live (Romania) I’ve heard of the broken mirror superstition (and I actually broke one once…but nothing happened after that…) and number 13 and another one which says if you cut even a strand of hair on a full moon you go bald… I can’t remember anything else…

    About the “Bless you” when someone sneezes we say “Health!” (as if you’re having supernatural powers and by saying “Health” you’re keeping that person away from a cold :)) ) Those who say it, they do it out of politeness… just remembered X”DD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAsKSCTWawA

    Great TLDR!

    *many virtual huglles*

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  238. Eryfa

    Well I’m Canadian, so we would have similar superstitions, but a Jewish superstition is that the number 18 is very lucky, because in the olden days, they would count with Hebrew letters (they also used those same letters to write with, so it wasn’t just a specific alphabet for numbers), and there were two letters thatwould add up to 18, and those letters spelled the Hebrew word for life.

  239. The Skeptoid blog and podcast covered the science of Fan Death — and how stupid that concept is: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4287

  240. So the one about the high heels, I actually heard it’s shoes in general….and I don’t know if it’s just for bf/gf’s but basically it means if u buy someone shoes it means they are going to walk out of your life. So I don’t know if you have had any Korean friends that have given you shoes as gifts when you were leaving (maybe a former co-teacher etc) when you both stopped teaching. Or maybe you haven’t because you have never left Korea in 5 years lol. But friends and family members would always buy me shoes as gifts when I was leaving after a visit to Korea and I never understood what the deal was with all the shoes they were buying me but then my mom explained it to me…I just thought maybe everyone didn’t like my shoes and thought I needed new ones.

  241. I have heard of a lot of weird superstitions and most of them are foreign.

    In some parts of China, when a woman is going to get married, she’s supposed to cry for 30 days, ending the night before her wedding. It’s supposed to make sure it’s a happy marriage.

    In Europe, if you drink tea from the same teapot as someone of the opposite gender, you will marry them. During Medieval times, it was believed that your soul flew out whenever you sneezed so someone had to say “bless you” so you wouldn’t lose your soul. The bride carrying tradition stems from the superstition that the groom had to carry his new wife across the threshold of their room to prevent demons from tripping/stealing her. (It also ties back to when men had to kidnap their wives in order to marry them.)

    In Japan, you’re supposed to ignore the first spider you see in the morning and kill the last spider you see at night. If something near you breaks suddenly, falling or otherwise, something bad is about to happen. Also, don’t close your eyes while you’re in the shower or a ghost will watch you. And then there’s the ever popular doll superstition. Keep a close eye on your dolls to make sure their hair doesn’t grow. If the hair grows, the doll is possessed by a demon or a ghost and will kill you.

    Here in the States, we have a few. Step on a crack and break your mother’s back. See a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck. If you see a penny face down, turn it up and give it to someone else so you both have good luck. If you spill salt, throw some over your left shoulder to get rid of bad luck.

    And finally, from the theatre~ 1. Don’t say Macbeth inside a theatre, refer to it as the Scottish play. If you say Macbeth, you’re supposed to go outside, spin three times while shouting rude words, spit and then knock to be let back inside. (Actors and actresses will actually make you do this if you’re part of the show. I know from experience. This one kinda makes sense though cause people usually get hurt during the play.) 2. The night before a show, don’t have a perfect rehearsal or it will cause the show to fail. Most directors will end rehearsal before the end if no mistakes have been made so you don’t finish a perfect run through. 3. Always leave a light on inside the theatre. It’s supposed to ward off ghosts but does have practical value as well. 4. Don’t practice closing bows until the final rehearsal. 5. Never wear new makeup on opening night. (This one makes sense cause if it’s new, you won’t know how it will react under the lights.)

    I hope you enjoyed my own TL;DR on superstitions XD

  242. I do all of these things…..and I’m half Korean. *looks down in shame* And then I stop when my Korean parents come over, b/c I don’t think unplugging my fan would do any good……..it’s an overhead fan……it would just cause my ceiling to come down. I like my ceiling the way it is!!!!!!! LEAVE IT ALONE!!!! WHAT DID IT DO TO YOU, DONT TOUCH THE FAN!!!!! Sorry about that, but the fan did nothing wrong, so it should not be mistreated. I am the Leader of Mistreated Fans Union.

  243. In Spain one of the superstitions was if a dog was sitting outside a house, I think it had to be back to the house, somebody frome there will die soon. Also, yellow clothes gives bad luck.
    Another saying is: “En martes, ni te cases ni te embarques”, “On Tuesday, neither get married nor you embark” because of the bad luck.
    And, of course, Tuesday 13th is a bad luck day.

  244. you’re also not supposed to shower near the time of your test, like the morning of, or like the night before or something, cause supposedly, you can “wash out” all the information. similar to the eating slippery foods and stuff. And if you eat sticky things on the day of your test like candy that sticks to your teeth and what not, you’ll ace/ pass the test cause in korean, doing well/ passing the test is “붙었다” which means to like stick ._.

  245. OH the pig superstition reminded me of another one my mom had told me…. apparently in Korea there is also another superstition where if you see a fire in your dream, then it also means good luck :)

  246. I think because The Netherlands is Christian we will have a lot of the same superstitions as a lot of other counties.

    So stuff like sneezing three times in succession will mean that today or tomorrow will see good weather. Friday the 13th being bad luck (although I don’t think we skip the 13th floor in buildings like some countries). Don’t walk under a ladder because it is bad luck, crossing paths with a black cat is bad luck. Horseshoe over the door is good luck (but be sure to put the curve down and the endings up or the luck will leak out). And some people do the salt thing, either throwing it over the left shoulder when spilled or taking some along for good luck. Knocking on wood after saying something as not to jinx yourself.

    The Dutch soccer team, during the World Championship of 2010 where we got to the finals wore these (now very hip or the trend has passed already) bracelets with a magnet in it, it was supposed to help although I am not sure how (and of course athletes usually have like socks they HAVE to wear, or putting one sock on first before the other or do something else to be lucky).

    When you get sudden shivers people say someone just walked over your grave (of the person you were in your past life).

    When you see a circle of mushrooms it is called a witches’ circle (although this is more a term to explain that you saw a circle of mushrooms and not really believing it was done by witches today. Back in the old days people did think it was done by witches).

    If you lose an eyelash you put it on your hand, make a wish and try to blow it off. If it flies off easily your wish will come through.

    When your ear itches it means someone is talking about you.

    I believe saying bless you or gesundheit (or gezondheid in Dutch) is based on superstition. As is the covering your mouth when you yawn. Demons could use it to take over your body and all that.

    There are a ton more but seeing I came from a pretty level headed family that didn’t buy into this all I have no idea how prevalent some of the more obscure ones are in modern society.

  247. Superstitions In Puerto Rico

    The first shower or rain fall In the Month of May , run outside and it will bring you Luck.

    Lefties are not allowed in Heaven, even tho it’s not so believed now many mother will force teach their children to write Right handed so there are a lot of Lefties that end up ambidextrous. ( I’m ambidextrous)

    If the Avocados don’t ripen early there will be hurricanes.

    Every New Years right at midnight we throw a bucket of water outside a door, window or balcony to symbolize the emptying of bad things from the old year and a fresh start to the new year.

    If you wake up to one or more of your outside animals dead it is believed A CHUPACABRA killed them.

  248. in georgia

    dont swing your legs cause your dad will have debts
    dont whistle inside your house cause your dad will have debts
    dont chew a chewing gum in your bed at night because you are chewing dead peoples flesh (omg)
    personally I belive those superstitions are made up by parents to stop their kids from annoying habits

    it worked every time on me when I was a kid

  249. Here are some of Russian superstitions :)
    As I am student, I know a lot supertiotion about exams:
    - you can’t wash or cut your hair before the exam, because you are washing away all your knowledge
    - to remember everything you have to put a student book under your pillow the night before the exam
    - you have to wear the same clothes to all your exams
    - put a 5 roubles coin into your shoe to get an A
    - to get an easy question, the night before the exam take your student’s record and holding it outside the window shout “catch an easy grade”
    - and many more

    Some superstions in every day life
    - Friday 13th is bad luck
    - if you meet a woman with empty bucket, jar or anything like that is bad luck
    - if a black cat crosses your way, you should spit three times and it is better to take another road
    - if you forgot something and returened to take you should look into a mirror
    - you can’t whistle at home – you won’t have any money
    - if you get married in May, the marriage will be burden to you
    this list is endless actually, these are that popped into my mind, there are soooooooo many superstiotions in Russia that I guess noone knows them all :D

  250. Telling people “Bless you” when they sneeze is annoying. I don’t do it.
    Bless you ← God bless you ← You just sneezed out demonic spirits or the demonic spirits are going to take your soul you just sneezed out, either way demonic spirits.

    Though, it originated with the plague, it still has to do with mumbo jumbo I don’t believe in. You could say it’s become a polite phrase with empty meaning, but why do I need to say something to YOU when YOU just sneezed? You saying “Excuse me” for spluttering your germs and/or making a disruptive noise makes more sense.

    If someone gives me ‘the eye’ I just say Gesundheit, which means health, but that’s a mouthful…

    I wanna know, are there animal superstitions in Korea? Like the black cat, the crow, or the owl here.

  251. Damn, I was married on 4th! But it was raining quite a lot, so it’s seems we’re saved :)

  252. I’m Hmong, and our superstitions are pretty darn scary….
    1.) Don’t point to the moon!
    It is said that if you point to the moon, there will be a cut behind your ear. Not one of those small paper cut size, but a really big one. As if a knife has sliced your ear.

    2.) Hole in the Leaf

    It is said that if you make a hole in a leaf, and look through it, you will see dead people walking around.

    3.) Upside-Down, between your legs
    If you bend down without bending your knees, and look between your legs, a girl ghost will be seen behind you staring right back at you… staring right into your eyes. She has been described to have long black hair (Kind of like the grudge), hair covering her face, white dress and very very pale skin.

    4.)Spirits calling your name
    If you hear your name being called, don’t respond to it, unless someone is near you. Because it is believed that everything has a soul…. basically animism… If you respond to your name, they’ll take your soul and you’ll die.

    5.) Don’t Slip!
    If you go to a shaman funeral, and you slip. It is said that the dead person’s spirit will kick your spirit out, and take your body to live again. (I slipped before… gosh I was scared!)

    6.) Don’t cut your hair!
    If you’re pregnant and you cut your hair, it is said that your child’s health will fail. The growing of your hair is also the growth of your child’s health… so yeah… lol also don’t go cross bridges, lakes, rivers or any other water sources, because there are water girl spirits who can not bare a child and is jealous of you, so they may take the soul of your unborn child… causing a miscarriage.

    7.) Pepper on Weddings
    If you eat pepper at wedding, you will have a bad life…. (Never did because no pepper was ever provided at weddings -__- I am always sad TT.TT)

    8.) Dreams
    -If you dream of taking a sh*t, it means you’ll be losing money…
    -If you dream of getting money, it means stress is coming your way…
    -If you dream of getting sh*t, it means you’re going to get lots of money…
    -If you dream about money, you’ll lose money..

    9.) Name Calling
    Never call out a name at night (If the person isn’t there) because someone or something will answer back.

    10.) Sad Long walks
    If you’re sad and crying, don’t go on a long night walk or spirits will come take you with them, meaning you will die.

    These are just a few of the many many MANY Hmong Superstitions. I’m a Christian so I don’t believe most of these.. but I recommend not to provoke the spirit world… most of the superstition are told by shamans…
    However for the 2nd one, I close my eyes every time I drop something and need to pick it up… because I’m really afraid of seeing her…

  253. Fan death…

    I should have been dead a long time ago then….

  254. I have a crazy superstition as well…It’s bad luck to put your left shoe on before your right shoe, always put on the right shoe first “)

  255. Does Korea have the superstition that if you fall asleep with your hair wet you’ll get a cold? I know it’s Japanese, but I thought I heard about it with korean superstitions, too.

    • We have that in U.S. too. But I think it only applies to people with long hair. Not sure, I always had short hair and washed it in morning or midday since I was a kid.

  256. Someone had a question about religion in South Korea – I wondered if you have any comment about mandatory enlistment. The reason I brought up religion is because I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and S.Korea currently holds the record for imprisonment of JWs (Currently over 840 young men who are given sentences for refusal to enlist.) I don’t think Simon and Martina have anything to worry about but have y’all ever had friends express opinions about it?

  257. Contrary to almost all of the world, in Italy, the number 13 is very lucky! Also, there are some weird superstitions that say if you drop a spoon, a woman will come visit your house, and if you drop a fork, a man will visit. Oh! And if you ever spill salt, its veryy bad luck, so you need to throw a pinch of the spilt salt over your left shoulder to get rid of the evil spirits that are around you.

  258. Baka. xDDDD
    And if someone doesn’t say “bless you” to you, isn’t it that the devil or demons will take your soul? It kind of makes sense, because your heart stops for a LITTLE LITTLE bit when you sneeze.

  259. In the South of Spain gives bad luck wear any yellow clothes.

  260. I’m from Texas and it’s the same with the rain on a wedding day.
    Most of my family is from Mexico and a superstition is getting a St. Antonio statue, take away the baby to get your daughter to find someone/get married and if your parents give up on you they turn it upside down which means forever alone.
    If someone is thinking about you, your shoelaces come undone.
    When you’re eating something and it falls off your utensil it’s because someone was staring at it. “Se le antojo!” :)

    • haha, yeah if someone drops their food, we joke around “Who wanted it?? who wanted it??”
      or when someone has athlete’s foot, you should pee on their feet
      lmao, when you get hurt, your mom goes rubs it and goes, sana sana colita de rana

      Another Mexican-American in Texas here!

  261. I’m pretty sure 공 is 0. 빵점 is 0 points.

  262. So according to the “Fan Death” superstition … i should be dead already? xD ahahah

    Anyway, here you are three Italian superstition~

    - For Italians, “Friday 17th” is an unlucky day.

    - If someone sweep your feet with a broom, you won’t get married.

    - 3 people should not make a bed, it’s a sign of bad-bad luck. (since the bed of a dead is usually made by 3 people )

    - It is better not to set a table for 13 people, because it’s a sign of bad luck.
    If 13 people are eating together, the table is usually setted for 14 people (An unoccupied place and “that is the seat for the dead” < said by the creepiest uncle ever *sigh )

    ( sorry for my english…Simon don't hate me!!! D: #LOL )

  263. Would you guys talk about your favorite korean dramas? Also what is your personal favorite drama and which one would you like to guest star on? Also what makes a good K-Drama?

  264. uh.. so I guess there’s no such thing as ceiling fans in korea??
    Ceiling Fans scare me ever since I was little. I always had this fear that something will happen while it’s on and spinning and drop on me and cut me into pieces. *shivers*

  265. I’m from the South Eastern US and grew up both here and in the Midwest and we have a few more that I don’t believe have been mentioned.

    For good luck for the New Year, you’re supposed to eat black-eyed peas and collards on Jan. 1.
    A lot of the older graves, especially anyone buried during the Civil War, tend to face South. You have whole graveyards here facing that way.
    You catch good luck with a horseshoe over a door if it’s hanging like a “U”, you lose any luck by hanging it the other way.
    Don’t thank anyone who gives you seeds, the plants won’t grow correctly.
    Don’t eat both ends of a bread loaf before you’ve eaten the middle. You’ll have trouble making ends meet. (For me, I just don’t like the end of bag bread…)
    You should hold your breath or, if you’re in a car and are not the driver, raise your feet when passing a cemetery.
    You should knock on wood three times if you speak about some good fortune you’ve had.
    If you break a wishbone with someone and you get the bigger half, your wish will come true.
    And of course, the lucky rabbit’s foot to carry around.

    • Ah, I’m from S.E. U.S. too. I wonder how much of those are just particular to that region. I never thought about it. I’ve never heard of the lifting your feet part of the cemetery thing though.
      Haven’t heard the horseshoe one, though horseshoes are good luck. Also didn’t know about the seeds or graves.

      I didn’t know about the Jan. 1st thing until this year. My mom was like, “How could you not know?!” Hm, I dunno Mom, probably because we’ve never done it? >_>

  266. I’m Israeli and we have some really weird superstitions that i don’t know if other cultures have, for example – if a girl sits at the corner of a table (like, not on one of the edges, but the pointy part…) she won’t get married for 7 years. Also we have the HAMSA which is a symbol in the shape of hand with an eye in the center, and is supposed to protect you from evil. And the weirdest thing, that i didn’t even know it was weird until I was flying with a foreign flight company – when a plane lands, everyone claps and sings a song that translate to “we brought peace upon you”. I’m not sure if it’s superstition or just plain stupid, but if you ever get a chance to fly with El-Al or with a lot of Israeli people, don’t freak out it’s normal

  267. From a certain part of Pakistan there is a superstition if you stand in the middle of a door way it will make you become indecisive. I still believe it….

  268. Oh well bad luck for my sister and me because no matter what season is it we turn our fan on and close the door and sleep. Not direct at our face but u know. But in summer we put it on our face and sleep.

  269. Dream of Pigs or Dragons…:”not G-Dragons” crack me up lol

  270. This blog has a nice sum up of the science behind Fan Death being real: http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2009/01/fan-death-is-real.html with rather lovely cites to the EPA and the National Weather Service. The common explanations behinds the why of Fan Death are generally bogus, but that doesn’t actually mean Fan Death doesn’t happen — it is specific to heat waves, though, and is rare.

  271. * cries* I hate clowns. I was so shocked when the clown appeared and then it kept coming back.ㅜㅠ.

    But about the 4 thing. It is also a bad luck number in Japan. In fact people normally avoid saying shi which is a homophone in Japanese for death. Good thing you can use yon instead to say 4. That is due to the fact that in Japan they use two different readings (on and kun) for kanji.

    Also, I know that most buildings I have been in in NY don’t have a 13th floor.

  272. so the 4 thing, isn’t all that true(At least, from my knowledge of the Chinese customs). Went to China, no 14th floor. But there was a 4th floor. the reason why to me is still unclear, something to do with cantonese? But I do understand the korean omen of 4 though. 4 in chinese is pronounced ‘si’. there’s four different ways to pronounce thing in chinese, which has to do with pingyin, which uses letters to write out the pronounciation, and if you count the “light sound”, there’s 5 ways. So, ‘si’ pronounced on of the ways means the # 4, and pronounced another way, means death, and that’s why it’s unlucky. But apparently, because cantonese pronounces it all differently, it makes instead 14 the unlucky number. I really have no idea how it works, but many people in china are afraid of this number. This is such a common omen, that almost all hotels, except for those in Hong Kong, will never include the 14th floor. I find it funny because over in North America, it’s instead 13 that’s the unlucky number. So b/c I live in canada, when I went to go buy a braided bracelet with beads in China, they measure my wrist size, and told me that 13 was the # that’d fit my wrist the best, which I couldn’t have b/c it was unlucky here in Canada. They were like”Oh, okay. Fifteen then.” Measured my wrist with the bracelet after, and the bracelet was so big that it’d fall off my hand. But the shop owner didn’t want to say fourteen, so my mom said, for less money, we’ll pay for 12 beads. Just make the spaces bigger. And.. yeah, that’s my story :D

  273. Okay. So about the “4 = death” thing. In Chinese, 四 (4) is basically pronounced the same as 死 (die) and the only difference between the pronounciation is the “tone.” And because Koreans originated from China, (a really really really long time ago, before the hangul alphabet was created) I’m assuming the 4 = Death superstition stuck.

    So in Chinese culture, wearing a white cloth belt or white in you hair means death too (at funerals, you wear a white belt and a white hairpiece.) And that basically results in me not being able to wear pretty white lacy and flowerly hairties and head bands ; ~ ;

  274. In the US, we have “step on a crack & it’ll break your Mother’s back.”
    Picking up pennies is good luck… But only of it is heads side up.
    We have the mirrors and opening up an umbrella indoors too. It’s also bad luck to walk underneath a ladder.

  275. Martina, Martina, Martina…

    Why would you EVAR try to hide that wedding bouquet story?

    That’s so totally BAD-ASS!!!!

    Even in the context of your generally awesome wedding story that’s the best part for me.

    Plus, at this point I think Subway can write of those flowers as a marketing expense.

  276. Hi Simon and Martina, what do Koreans think of foreign musicians promoting in Korea?
    Do Koreans really look down on non-Asians in the K-POP music scene, and is it true that Korean entertainment companies won’t take a non-Asian? Thanks!

  277. Yeah the number 4 is also bad luck in Japan, but they actually use Chinese characters so its kinda weird that Korea does it… I guess if China and Japan do something, Korea will follow. Love triangle :3
    And what if a girlfriend buys her girlfriend high-heels?? Its more likely than a boyfriend doing it. Would she walk away?
    Hmm some superstitions here in Australia… the usual like knocking over salt, opening an umbrella indoors, walking under ladders or gateways/signs… But there’s also one that if you go walking in the bush you could be attacked by a drop bear (basically a carnivorous koala). Aboriginals believe its bad to see photos or videos of someone who has died. Also that there are creatures called bunyips living in billabongs and creeks. They have quite a few superstitions.

    • “I guess if China and Japan do something, Korea will follow.”

      Um. NO. How about the fact that they all used the Chinese characters at some point. I dunno if you we’re trying to be, but that statement was pretty offensive.

      • I just said they tend to follow eachother, which they do. Korea took the superstition from pronunciation of a Chinese character which is Chinese. From China. I didn’t know they used Chinese characters in the past though, my bad.

        • Oh, I misunderstood you I guess. I thought you meant Korea copies… >__>

        • MidnightEkaki

          That’s ok ^^ I didn’t write it properly, it does sound like I was saying Korea copies, but that’s not what I meant. And thank you for the information, I am always interested in history, and I’ve always wanted to know more about Korean culture ^-^

        • They still use Chinese character sometimes. Like for names and whatnot.

  278. My great grandma makes her own superstitions… One is that you can’t wear purple because bees will sting you and another is that you can’t take a picture with just three people in it because one of you will die. She has many more but I can’t remember them….

  279. I haven’t ever been told about “fan death” – but I definitely have heard of fan sickness. Weird superstition my grandma had, about how if you sleep with a fan on, especially next to your head, it cools down your head (which… is the point) and then you can get headaches, dizziness, cold…. Which is still kind of unreasonable but not as absurd (aka awesome) as the vortex of doom.

    I think it’s an Asian thing. And I LOVE all of the exam superstition.

  280. first the rain thing is the same in north america. it depends on the person but i always grew up knewing that when it rains it ment it’s good luck, supposed to be like a blessing from god. (it’s like Holy water.) so when it rains god is blessing you because the rain is like coming from the heavens.

  281. Apparently in Wales white cats are bad luck and black cats are good luck.

  282. In Finland it’s traditional to do Midsummer’s magic. For example putting 9 different flowers under your pillow or putting your left sock on inside out to see your future husband in a dream.

  283. I am Romanian Canadian, moved here when I was 10 and to this day I will get scolded by my parents about useless stuff such as

    -dont sit at the table facing the corner of the table as you will become infertile
    -If you whistle indoors your house will burn down (to this day if my dad hears a whistle he will lose it)
    -You cannot walk around with one sock on as your parents will die
    -If you’re baking or making something and It turns out good you have to spit on it(or make the gesture of spitting without actually doing it) in order for the rest of your project to go well and not be spoiled
    -ANY gust of wind WILL cause a cold. I’m talking open windows, doors, ANYTHING. BOOM now you’ve got the flu

    There are some others but these are the main ones I can remember. The Korean fan death one is by far the funniest though.

  284. Martina is right when it comes the tornado.

  285. Hey guys :) well, here are some superstitions from Croatia (we love you <3 ) : never put your bag on the floor-you'll get poor, the thing with broken mirror-some say 4 years, some 7 years of bad luck (I guess I'll have bad luck for the rest of my life, haha), black cat crossing your path-bad luck (stupid, because I love black cats, and almost all of my cats were black…), and my "baka" says when receiving money from someone receive it with your left hand, and when giving the money to someone do it with your right hand, so when your left palm itches, it means you'll get money from someone (never happened for me :( ) and ofc number 13, walking under the ladder very bad…also if you're sick or in pain, and you don't have a pill, so someone has it and gives it to you, never say "thank you" because you'll get even sicker…there are a lot more, but who can remember all of it…

    BTW What's your connection to Croatia??

  286. haha omg the fan death! My dad told me this on a hot day (btw we’re korean). My sister and I had the exact same reactions as you guys did haha Now I know that it is not true lol

  287. So fun! I just want to say I was waiting all day yesterday for TLDR and was hoping nothing was wrong cause it wasn’t coming out. Until I realized it was Tuesday and they don’t come out until Wednesday… This was worth two days of anticipation though! Loved it!

  288. Well there are a lot of superstitions where I come from, like
    1. if you see a black cat, don’t let it cross your path because it’s bad luck. If it happens just take a few steps back and spit three times.
    2. 13th is an unlucky day but if it happens to be 13th on a Tuesday, the bad luck doubles, if it is also in March, you should really watch you steps
    3. if you forget something and you have to go back from your way, you’re gonna have bad luck.
    4. if you sit on the corner of the table you won’t get married
    5. if your left hand itches you’re gonna receive money, but if your right hand itches you’re gonna give money.
    6. if you break a mirror you get 7 years of bad luck
    7. if it rains on your wedding day you’ll have a rich life/ marriage
    8. if you spill salt on the table you are gonna fight with someone
    9. if your ear itches, it’s gonna rain
    10. if you’re hiccuping someone’s talking about you and it’ll go away if you find out who that is.
    11. on New Year’s Eve you’re supposed to wear new clothes and have money in your pockets so that the new year that comes will bring you money.
    12. you’re not supposed to throw the trash out after the sun goes down.
    13. in order not to jinx something you knock on wood three times, but if you don’t want to jinx somebody you spit tree times and wish them not to be jinxed.
    14. babies under 1 year are supposed to wear red treads on one of their wrists to avoid jinxing.
    15. if a pregnant mother steals something (usually a fruit because she has cravings) the child will bear the mark of the stolen object on the part of the body the mother touches herself with (don’t be perv – I didn’t find a better way to put it)
    16. at funerals you cover the mirrors with a cloth for the spirit of the deceased not to get in the house through them
    and the list could go on and on forever…. there would never be enough space to talk about all the superstitions and the habits they result in, so I will stop here. Have a nice read ^_-

  289. For a broken Mirror in my friends country, If you look at a mirror and it breaks then you are too beautiful and lucky for the mirror to reflect — whereas in Britain where I am now, if the mirror breaks then you are ugly and have 7 years of bad luck. Also in Britain, Omen is pronounced ‘oh-men’ not ‘ah-men’. (True British spirit, always disagreeing with everyone, especially North America and France). Back in SA however the only 2 I remember are Tokoloshe: Small human-like things set to haunt and kill you (usually by burning your house or throwing you into dangerous places) which can only be stopped if you take it’s hair and control it or if you put up hedgehog skin (because they can’t survive the prickles?). And the other is if you run a child or woman over (and they die) then they will haunt you and any driver that drives past where she/he died.

  290. In my observation, there can be many conflicting superstitions within single cultures:
    Example A: salt – knock over the salt shaker and it’s bad luck, toss a pinch of salt over your shoulder and it’s good luck
    Example B: glass, mirrors, pottery – break it and it’s bad luck, however, the shards are good luck (as proven by the mirror shard in Harry Potter which frees them from the Malfoy Manor.. dundundunnnnnnn)

  291. Yeah I remember when I was in Korea and told my Korean friends that my “lucky number” was 4… Oh the shock (:
    The 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror is the same here.
    You are not supposed to walk under a ladder that is tilted against a wall, so much bad luck.
    Spit three times when a black cat crosses the road.
    If you say something out loud that you don’t want to happen (like “I hope I don’t catch the flu) you have to knock on wood.
    13 = unlucky
    A lot more of course but these ones are common :) From Finland!

  292. I was born on 04/04 so I must be an unlucky child haha.

    In Lao culture, I was taught you shouldn’t eat while lying down because (besides the fact you could choke of course) “you’ll turn into a snake”. Yeah, that used to scare me as a child so I never did it lol.
    Also, you shouldn’t clip your nails at night time (no idea why), stepping on pillows is considered really bad, and eating “lap” (like a meat salad) is apparently really lucky if you eat it on New Years. :)
    Awesome video guys! ^^

  293. this very amusing post, thank you multinivel

  294. Here in Uruguay we have a (sort of) similar superstition about moving, but instead of sweeping, you can’t take your current broom into your new house, you’re supposed to either throw it away or leave it at your old place. I think it also has something to do with “evil spirits” :)

  295. Martina has family from Croatia? :o My dad’s side is from Croatia :D

    Fan death is the most ridiculous thing. I never leave a fan on when I’m sleeping because the noise bothers me and it makes me really cold, but still.

  296. I found this very amusing post, thank you multinivel

  297. Annie

    I come from Kenya and superstitions are not necessarily national but differ according to tribes in the country, so in my tribe there is a strong belief that, and this irks me, an Owl hooting in your compound will lead to death. That’s right the owl is a grim reaper. I once saw an owl outside my apartment. Just there sitting on the street light pole, it was white and greyish and awesome cause i had never seen one and i told my parents….. BIG MISTAKE!! They tried convincing me that i was delusional because obviously i would never wish death on my family, Would I??!!!! (read, you saw nothing, convince your mind)
    We are all alive, that was i think 5 years ago. But still, they still believe it.

  298. 1) Fan Death: I should’ve died years ago in that case haha. I don’t like having my windows open in the summer unless it is windy because it gets too hot and humid in my area that the window does nothing, I need a fan on to not die from the heat, and I absolutely can not sleep with my door open.

    2) High Heels: As soon as you said it I immediately thought of the Infinite video too! I wonder though, does that only work if the guy buys them without the girl being present? What if I’m with my boyfriend and I want him to buy them for me? Who’s gonna pay for my shoes then?

    3) Red Pens: Teachers must be out to murder me then. Pretty much every teacher I’ve had has written a note regarding how to improve an assignment on the back or whatever, and they of course use red pens.
    Does that work if you write your own name, like a suicide by red pen or something?

    4) Catching the Bouquet: I wonder what happens when they hand it off and then that girl’s engagement gets broken off? Does that reflect on the bride’s marriage? Hm….I avoid the bouquet at weddings, I don’t want to catch it haha. Not because of getting married, just more I don’t want the attention of it.
    Oh, do they have anything like tossing the garter in Korea?

    5) Numbah 4!: So the skipping of 4th floors would be like skipping of 13th floors or room number six-hundred and sixty-six (666 is the devil’s number for those who don’t know.) in hotels and offices and whatever here in the U.S.
    But yeah, don’t understand why it is a Korean superstition if it is based off of a Chinese word. *shrugs*

    6) Rain on Wedding Day: I wouldn’t say it is bad luck per say, I just would hate to have it rain on my wedding day. Think of the dress! Or if you planned on taking your wedding photos outside, or if you were having an outside wedding… And now I’m picturing the wedding scene in the movie Sweet Home Alabama.

    7) Exam Day: The only exam things I can think of are that you should eat breakfast on days you have exams (you should every day, but especially then to help give your brain the energy and all that), and I had one teacher who always gave out mints during tests because it would help stimulate the brain or something…or she was just super nice.

    8) Animal Dreams: I need to start dreaming of piggies..and buying lottery tickets.

    9) Moving: I’d be seriously annoyed if I moved into a house that was left dirty by the previous owners. I already have to move all of my crap, now I need to clean before I bring anything inside too?

    Some superstitions I can think of: The umbrella and mirror things. A black cat crossing your path, walking under an open ladder, and spilling salt are bad luck. ‘Find a penny, pick it up, and all day you’ll have good luck,’ but only if it is heads up. We used to avoid cracks on the sidewalk because ‘Step on a crack and you break your mother’s back.’ (That one used to really frighten me as a kid because my mom had multiple surgeries on her back when I was younger.)
    I don’t know if these ones are superstitions or not, but I did the last two a lot growing up: Doing whatever ritual in order for it to snow and to get a snow day, the only one I remember is wearing your pajamas inside out and backwards. Hold your breath and cross your fingers when driving past a cemetery. If you drive under train tracks and there is a train on them at the time, you touch the roof of the car and make a wish. I actually still do this. It has become habit because one of the highways nearby goes under a train overpass, so I did it all of the time.

    Wow..long comment lol. Oh well, they were fun to think about.

    P.S. Martina is technically right. The center of the tornado would be ‘calm’, like it is with hurricanes. The major difference is that the center of tornadoes are way smaller than what you find with hurricanes (which can extend for miles) and the center is immediately struck by the chaotic winds forming the funnel. That makes it harder to really tell that there is an actual center where anything calm could happen, unless the storm is huge.

  299. Oh sweet Jesus… Seroiusly you gotta be kidding about that fan death thing cuz I have I mean I HAVE to sleep with a fan on every night even during the winter months.*Yes I’m crazy but I need the noise~*

  300. In my Hmong culture, during weddings were not supposed to eat anything spicy. Eating something spicy can mean the start of a spicy /rocky marriage. It’s funny cuz my sisters and I love spice with all our meals so we sneak out to eat Mexican food during weddings. ≧﹏≦

  301. According to two of my Korean friends, dreaming of poop is also very lucky!

  302. uhhmmmm….yeahh…fan death….i have a fan in my room and i always keep my window n door closed and i have the fan blowing at me at night…its not on high buuuut stillll…i didn’t die lollll (not the last time i checked) ^^”

  303. Oh, I have Korean friends who believed in fan death, that’s always a hilarious conversation to have. I usually try to make it a point to bring it up at some point while getting to know someone to see their reaction to it and thus far I’d say it’s about 50/50 at this point. So yeah… :)

  304. Vietnamese has the same superstition for umbrellas and I think the mirror too. I just don’t know how many years.

    We also have one of never eating the chicken’s (especially the rooster’s) head or they’ll crow in your stomach (aka stomach ache).

    I read a Japanese one where if you leave your new(?) shoes out on a certain day, a type of ghost will steal your shoes.

  305. Hey guise, this blog post explains how fan death actually works! It’s a pretty net blog too, I think other nasties may like it http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2009/01/fan-death-is-real.html

  306. oh my gosh! i used to say explaination point! my sister thought it was ridiculous and told me it was “exclamation point” and started calling me an idiot…

  307. KATHyphenTUN

    Some superstitions I can think of are:

    -Don’t step on pavement/cement cracks
    -Black cats crossing your path (I had a black cat… that must be why i never win EYK CD giveaways! hahahaha XP )
    -Itchy palms means (i think) “money is coming your way” or something like that
    -Hot ears means someone is speaking about you
    -Stepping on railroad tracks (the metal rail part)
    -walking under ladders
    -for marriage the something borrowed something blue…six pence in her shoe…ect story
    -groom not seeing the bride in her gown before the wedding

    I think more people would die of heat exhaustion if they didn’t turn the fans on XD Superstitions are so funny!
    (On the number 13 thing, there are some buildings in NA that will skip this level too!)

    • I have a black cat! He’s such a good cat ^^ I remember when I was little my friends would always say “Step on a crack break your mothers back” soooo i never steped on a crack on the pavement lol but i tried it and my moms back wast broken! Ha! take that superstition!…i thought it was if you heard ringing in your ears then that was when someone was talking about you?…I hate itchy palms….. (those are just some of my experiences with superstitions ^^)

      • KATHyphenTUN

        yes, i loved my black cat! the only danger he cause me was when he would try to sleep on my feet… while i was walking…..-_-
        i always knew it as hot/warm/red ears. I thought ringing in your ears is just when you listen to something loud. lol

        • Sandeul Baro

          My cat is odd…he walks to the bus stop with me then waits for me to get on the bus (he just sits there) then when we drive away he walks home lol and the most trouble he causes me is when hes right under my feet when im walking, he makes me trip over him -_________-. cats are troublemakers ^^”.
          I guess the people I heard it from were wrong then lol (about the ringing in your ears), i also think i might have heard someone say something about red ears meaning that too…buuuut i’m not sure ^^”

    • they also skip row 13 in airplanes a lot of the time

  308. Here’s some superstitions I grew up with or hearing about:

    If your eyelash falls on your cheek, pick it up between your thumb and forefinger. When you open your fingers, if it is on your thumb, you will be granted a wish. If not, you’re just out of luck.

    Don’t walk under an open ladder – I guess so it won’t fall on top of you or you won’t make the person on the ladder fall off, IDK.

    Don’t cross a black cat’s path – it will bring you bad luck.

    When you are driving and cross under a yellow light, touch the interior car ceiling and you will have a date that weekend.

    If your right palm itches, you will come into money.

    And there’s always the chicken drumstick bone!!

    I’m a little worried to say this (for fear it might come true now) – but this one made me laugh: Don’t take a bath at night, you’ll hurt your bones – because I take a bath EVERY night! Couldn’t live without my bath-time!! And I have never had a broken bone in my life (knock on wood). :-)

  309. In Portugal it’s also lucky if it rains on your wedding day. They say it will be a “blessed” wedding :)

  310. Hey guys, just so you know, the whole “four” and “death” thing is not because of the Chinese way of pronouncing them. The Korean way of saying four “sa” is a homophone for the word death in Korean as well. That’s why lots of old Korean horror movies will feature the fourth floor of apartments or offices.

  311. i suppose everyone in korea is glad to be asleep at 4:44 am on april 4th.

  312. i think that the high heel superstition is actually about no giving any kind of shoes to your bf/gf cuz they will leave you

  313. Must… Resist… Laughing… At Fan… Death… Do Not… Want… To Look… Like a Jerk… *resistance fails; laughs, they are everywhere*

    *ahem* Seriously, though? I’ve slept in a room with a fan and no open windows before, and I came out just fine; maybe because my door doesn’t close all the way? Anyway, this was one interesting TL;DR. It was nice to get a really silly one since the last few have been serious and/or informational XD

  314. My gramma (Appalachian hill billy for grandmother) used to warn me that if I bit my fingernails I would lose my voice permanently. I’m not sure if that was old-school wisdom from the mountain shack she was raised in (seriously, we’re talking Beverly Hillbillies, I reckon Jeb ain’t schoolin’ the yankees, this possum ain’t been dead that long just eat your stew, kind of folk) or if she just didn’t like me chewing on my cuticles. I suppose the world will never know.

  315. I’ve always wondered why my mum never let me have a fan in my room in summer with my door shut. It’s a Vietnamese? Chinese? (not quite sure) superstition too. Dammit fan death! I can’t sleep without being all sweaty in summer because of you >.<
    I've also realised, quite a few superstitions label the left hand-side of your body as lucky e.g. throwing salt over your left shoulder yet in some countries label the left side as the devil side (something like that). I'm sure I would be most welcome in those countries, being a left hander ^ ^

  316. the fan superstition is actually about:
    the fan blows out CO2, that is why they say not to do so!! you may suffocate? no. probably not. but my mum and i think that it is an extra procaution.(: INFORMATION PROVIDED BY A KOREAN(:

    • Umm…there’s no chemical reaction going on within a fan. It just moves the air. Going in, coming out, still the same air. No way a huge fan blade can split (or combine?) molecules.

      • umm…yes you are probably right. but im just stating what koreans believe..all my family members and my friends family members say so.. also i was just using the logic of us humans too, we may breath in air but we exhale CO2.
        i understand if i dont sound l make sense, but i was just informing y’all on other korean peoples perspectives..

  317. day54glory

    Now I understand why my appa refuses to close his windows when he sleeps with a fan and nags me about leaving the fan on in a closed room. It makes so much sense now wow….thanks Simon and Martina you have clarified a nagging question I have had for years. And that gets me thinking:

    My umma always fed me seaweed soup, eggs, or toasted bred or a combination of all of those foods before a huge test day hmmmmm maybe that’s why I did horrible on my SAT’s….UMMA HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO ME?

    My pastor that moved into the U.S. two years ago was surprised when I said bless you when he sneezed. He joked about it later on and said, “Wow Americans are so considerate of others in Korea one time I was in the subway and someone sneezed and an ajumma, and ajussi both said in unison SHUT UP!” Oh he also does not like to leave bedroom doors closed when the air conditioner is on. He says the air must ventilate everywhere in the house and balance out the temperature or you might get hypothermia.

    I think the high heel superstition is maybe, MAYBE it is a warning against gold diggers???? I don’t know I can barely run in heels at best I can turkey jog with heels before twisting my ankle.

    Oooooooooooh tomorrow (or today?) is April 4

  318. In France if you see the same number for hours and minutes like 11:11 or 00:00 it’s good luck.

  319. In the Tower of London (England) there are some tame raven which are kept there, if these ravens leave then it would mean the crown of Britain would be lost. Pretty cray cray shizzle.

  320. In France we always eat bread for breakfast. Is that why I failed my recent tests? I WILL BE THE FIRST FRENCH TO NOT EAT BREAD ANYMOOOORE! What I want my diploma!
    Plus, we say “à vos souhaits” after a sneeze which means something like “to your wishes” just like if sneezing could make your dream come true. Funny….or stupid?!

  321. The clown terrified me farewell world

  322. @simonandmartina:disqus the superstition is not just about high heels. it’s about shoes in general. boyfriends are not supposed to buy their girls any kind of shoes because it somehow signifies either a desire for the girl to leave the relationship or a precursor to the girl walking away/leaving

  323. Martina is right about the tornado. I’ve been through a tornado and it did seem calmer at the centre (though it wasn’t huge or anything) and it was kinda hard to breath/smelled funny.

  324. lol the fan thing is so funny but I can relate. My husband (korean) never let us have a fan in our room even when we used to live in a house with no a/c and in the night time we would die from the heat. Still no fan allowed in our room :( lol i believed now for a couple years that it was true, even my little boy I wouldn’t let him fall asleep beside a fan or have one in his room. I guess it was all superstition lol

  325. Two of my Korean friends once told me that if you dream of poop, that’s really lucky, too!

  326. The fan on in my room, no problem. However… that clown… scared the ever loving shit out of me…

  327. In sweden you’re suposed to hang a horseshoe over your door, but it’s real messed up and no one really knows how to do it because if you put it like a U then the devil will sit in it and if you turn it the other way all the luck will pour out so…

    Oh, and if you wear a skirt when traveling something bad will happen while you’re gone, and if you don’t pee read after eating beetrot you are cursed and having sex on the first date not only makes you a slut (okay sry guys) but it’s also said that if you do that the condom will break or your pill won’t work or something and you WILL get pregnant lol XD

    • Also, you have to walk ONLY on the white stripes when crossing the street or you will get as many years of unhappines as there were stripes on that crosswalk. Many people look hilarious while crossing the street here ;)

  328. In Denmark we have this weird superstition around Christmas. Apparently, there are these little things living in our attics called “nisser”. They’re kind of like mini santas, but if you don’t give them porridge made from rice every day in December, they will make trouble in your house XD

  329. I watch twister so i know what you are talking about Martina ^_~

  330. in the summer, if I don’t fall asleep with a fan on, I pretty much die… so it’s like a catch-22?? haLP Korea, what have you done to me?

  331. I’m not sure if these are Canadian specifically, but I learned a lot from my Acadian grandmother:

    If you pull a loose string from your clothing, you will travel somewhere. You’re supposed to wrap it around your pointer finger; the number of times it wraps around signifies how many miles you will travel.

    If you sneeze, someone is talking about you.

    If your nose is itchy, someone is thinking about you.

    Throwing salt over your left shoulder is good luck, over the right is bad luck.

  332. Maashugna

    Hey Simon and Martina,
    What is Korea’s take on religious differences. If, for example, and Muslim, Jew or Hindu were in South Korea what would the response be? Have you guys seen diversity in religion in South Korea?

    • If you’re a Korean saying that you’re a Muslim, Jew or Hindu, people will think you’re joking because those religions are so rare among Koreans. If you’re a foreigner, however, people will understand and respect your religion. But the truth is, people know almost nothing about those minority religions, so expect to face some awkward situations.

  333. in our country if your left hand-palm- is itchy that means you’ll get a lot of money today but if your right hand-palm- is itchy somone will die in your family !!

  334. In Belgium: if your right ear itches then someone is thinking bad about you. If it’s your left ear then it’s something good.
    Make your test with the same pen that you used to study, it brings luck.
    Don’t walk underneed a ladder.
    If a lady bug comes sit on you than it will bring you luck. If you kill one, you’ll get bad luck.
    Bad luck in games is good luck,in love.
    A horseshoe brings good luck.
    There are a lot of those superstition things almost all from in the ols times.

  335. Maashugna

    My parents are from Pakistan and whenever I go there they forbid anyone from drinking water after eating ice cream because apparently you’ll get very very sick. Also some Pakis believe that burying a disabled person in sand during an eclipse will heal them -_- (course ma family doesn’t believe that)

  336. For the next tldr can u tell us how since canada did you start loving korea and everything rwlated to it?

  337. In the US its bad luck to

    Have a black cat walk infront of you especially on your wedding day.

    Drive by a cemetery on your wedding day

    Spill salt

    Walk under ladders

    Say something bad that you dont want to happen then not knock on wood.

    Say god d**n it

    Open an umbrella indoors

    Friday the 13th

    Having “Beginners luck”

    Picking up a penny is ‘good luck’ but its actually bad

    Bunny feet bring good luck

    Bad luck comes in threes

    the number six hundred sixty six is bad luck if in number form

    make a wish on the wish bone at thanksgiving if you get the bigger piece and it will come true.

    cross your fingers for good luck

    saying good luck to an actor is bad luck your supposed to say break a leg

    saying macbeth in a theatre will make the theatre go bankrupt.

    Hanging horse shoes over your door like a u is good luck

    bride and groom cant see eachother the day of the wedding.

  338. Serbian superstitions: Wear something red or put in a pocket some garlic so someone’s evil thought’s won’t effect you ^^ and if you’re planning to get married, choose a day during a full moon so you’re marriage would be happy and fulfilled or something (it doesn’t mean to get married during the night :D ) Also, if you come across a bill or a coin on a crossroad..picking it up would be bad luck transferred to you from the person who dropped it. ^^

  339. 3) Don’t Crack an Egg on an Exam Day:

    WTF YO? What’s with all of these things you’re not supposed to do an eat on exam days? Why so many superstitions about exams? Korea takes its education seriously. You know what’s North American superstition for exam days? Don’t sleep in on exam days. It’ll result in bad grades, because you didn’t attend the damned test!


  340. your french is quite…mmmh…interesting? ^^

  341. martina’s clothing is just so sweet XD

  342. OMG! I received a K-drama calendar and I wrote EXO’s and SHINee’s birthday on it with their names in RED! Does that mean… Oh no… I hope not…
    Wait, did Jonghyun broke his nose because of me?

  343. What is the most common religious practices in Korea? Is monotheistic religions practiced in Korea (and by Koreans)? 

  344. We’re so superstitious where I live, it’s crazy.

    Like there are things pregnant women shouldn’t do (like eat straight out of a pot or a bag, or keep opening the window and looking out). And if you want a fast delivery of a child, you should head outside for a bit right when you wake up in the morning.

    And since I was small, I’ve been told animals know and see things we can’t, and that they understand us.

    Another thing is that we’re supposed to treat dogs and crows/ravens well because they payback. I’ve actually seen someone hurt a dog, only to have 3 boils on his body at once.
    There’s more, but this is getting long already (IMO). And yes, I believe most of these because I’ve seen them to be true.

  345. Spanish superstitions

    Appart from the tipical black cat, stairs, mirror, umbrella, wood touching, finger crossing and such:

    -Tuesday 13th is bad luck.

    -When someone snezees, we say Jesus. Apparently it’s because people though it was our soul trying to leave our body, something that Satan took as a chance to go inside. So people said Jesus so Satan wouldn’t enter.

    -If you spill salt on the table because you accidentally dropped the bottle, you will have bad luck.
    -Finding a coin or a four-leaf clover is good luck.
    -If your ear rings, someone is talking about you.

    -If you go out of bed, starting to walk with your left foot, you will have bad luck the rest of the day.

    -In a wedding, people throw rice at the couple for good luck and fertility.

    -If one of your lashes falls on your cheek, it is good luck to pick it, and blow it away while thinking of a wish.

    • in Argentina we have does superstitions too, with a few additions and changes:
      - if you find a coin or a four leaf clover you have to make a wish
      - if you spill salt you have to put a small amount on your left hand and throw it over your left shoulder to protect you from bad luck
      - when we pass the salt we have to leave it on the table for the other person to grab it, because there was a time where salt was very valuable up to the point of being used as a currency. So when people were paid with a kilogram of slat it was left on the table to make sure that nothing would be missing when it was passed from hand to hand
      - when your having a bad headache it’s because someone is saying bad things about you
      - for weddings the bride should wear a white or blue garter on her right led for good luck

      - if one of your eye lashes falls on your cheek, you should make a wish a place it on your chest
      - if it’s raining on a sunny day (yes, it is possible) it’s because an old woman it’s getting married (thins on is weird, but my mom always mentions it)
      - you must not get married or board a plane or boat on the 13th

  346. In Argentina, if it rains on your wedding day, it’s bad luck, same if you open an umbrella indoors, break mirrors or walk under stairs. If you find money on the street or a four leaved clover, it means good luck. But I think all of these come from european heritage, none are local. I pay no attention to this stuff though.

  347. Where I’m from (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands), if you sweep someone’s feet, they won’t get married, and if you walk over their legs, it will stunt their growth.

    Some others that I heard of (not all from the USVI, but I have friends from other Caribbean islands):
    If you bathe in the ocean on Good Friday, you will turn into a fish. (This one..I…lmao)
    When you’re entering your house at night, always walk in backwards because if the Jumbie (evil spirits) see your face, they won’t enter your home.
    Don’t take our trash out after 6 because you’re taking the wealth out of your house.
    If your left palm itches, you will get money. If your right itches, you will lose it.
    If the sole of your feet (I can’t remember if it was a specific foot) itches, you will get new shoes.
    If you hear a ringing in your ear, someone is talking about you.

  348. In Germany, if a cat crosses the street from left to right it’s bad luck. You have to spit on a stone or throw three stones over the cat’s path in order to get rid of the bad luck. There are also a lot of people who have a “Good luck sock” or another piece of clothing/jewelery that they carry around to important events.
    As for weddings, during the bachelor party you break dishes and during the wedding the husband and wife saw a log together.

  349. Simon, hate to burst your bubble, but Martina was correct about the center being the most calm part of the tornado. If that ‘Fan Death’ thing were true, I would have died 1,000 times by now. If I want to sleep well during the summer, I’ll risk using the fan.

  350. Muahahaha! Some are just so funny!!:)
    I live in Mauritius(a small island in the indian ocean) and well, since we’re multiracial, we’ve got superstitions from different cultures and some of our own… I can relate to the “do not open umbrellas inside” since it’s gonna cause the roof to leak… uhm… there’s also one that says that if someone swipes the broom on your feet then you won’t get married… and if a pigeon(or whatever bird) poos on you, you should definitely buy a lottery ticket!! Oh and also, if you eat in a saucepan(like, whenever) then it’ll rain on your wedding day… There are much more but those are the ones that come to my mind right now… Aside from those we obviously have the common ones(13, mirror, walking under ladder, blackcat.. etc)
    btw I’d like to say something for the number 4… It’s not because the character resembles death, it’s because it sounds like the word death…. I’m of chinese origin so I should know~ And it’s funny how in China they literally don’t have floor number 4, it jusy goes from 3 to 5…xD

    P.s: Your french didn’t make sense!!xD grammatical mistake…^^”

  351. Here’s the superstition I find the scariest in Romania: If an owl stays on your house or flies around it, one of your relatives will die..

  352. Now that a think about it, I remembered a time when I was younger and you werent suppose to step on – what do you call it in english – wells!? We have it on the ground with the letter A or K on! The A-ones you werent suppose to walk on = bad luck! On the other hand K-wells brought you luck! Why the hell that!? XD If someone knows – please answer me :)

  353. ahahahah when i heard you were talking about the fan death i though that was a kind of people really into death stuff, idealizing it. The ventilator stuff didn’t cross my mind until you showed a picture of it
    Anyway i’m not really into superstitions so i don’t know any except the mirror stuff, the cat and things like that

  354. for the “4,” koreans pronounce it “sah” and the Hanja for “death” is also pronounced “sah.” Unless we write it, b/c so many Korean letters have the same pronunciation but written differently, we avoid the 4. For the high heels, traditionally it used to be shoes and it comes from Chinese superstitions but since it’s 21st century, we modernized the shoes into high heels. It’s like how westerners think pretty high heels will bring girls to beautiful places, except for Krns girls they will run away from men LOL (it could be also vice versa, where females gift men shoes and men will cheat and run away). For the bouquet thing, that’s also modernized and altered from the traditional Western culture (obviously b/c there is no “bouquet” in Traditional Korean Wedding).

  355. Jepp! Friday 13th people always say (at least around me) its a bad day, in Sweden ;) And YES it is said that if it rains on your wedding day it means good luck! :)

  356. More superstitions from Romania: you shouldn’t dream a bride, because someone emotiaonally close to you will die but dreaming with snakes, crocodiles or reptiles, in general, means good luck and money

  357. I always thought the eye of tornadoes are the calmest too, Martina!! Also, that in tornadoes cows fly and stuff….

  358. So, apparently you shouldn’t put new shoes on a table. Up until a couple weeks ago, I thought this was just something my crazy mother made up but one my coworkers bought a new pair of shoes online and the office manager brought them to him and he made a point not to put them on his desk. He confirmed that his mother also told him not to put new shoes on the table because it’s bad luck. I think this must be a UK thing from the 50s or 60s because I’ve never ever ever heard of it until that moment in time. XD

  359. There’s this one in Poland, that you shouldn’t light your cigarettes on a candle because a sailor will die.

  360. Is it true that you are older in Korea???

    • Well, in Korea they add 1 more year to your age. I think it’s because they count from one. When you get born you’re already 1 year old. So..yeah, I guess you’re one year older in Korea :)

  361. Raining on a wedding day means good luck in Romania too :)

  362. A superstition here, in Romania, is not to laugh on Friday night because you’ll end up crying on Sunday..REALLY?!

  363. In Iceland there’s a superstition that certain rocks, mounds or hills are not to be built on, because that is where the ‘hidden people’ or elves live. Like seriously, I remember getting told stories when I was young about how contractor’s would ignore this and try to build on it and the building machines would mysteriously stall every time they tried to build on it.

    Also, supposedly my great-great-grandfather’s best cow died because he harvested the hay around a certain boulder after having had a dream about a women coming out of it and asking him not to because it was her garden…

  364. I’ve never heard of fan death before. That was interesting!
    Here, in Mexico, the ones I can remember are:
    -If you sit on the corner of the table while eating, you won’t get married.
    -If somebody sweeps your feet (?) (you know, by accident or sth? Hahaha) you’ll marry an old man.
    -If your baby has hiccups, you should put a string(?) from the mother’s clothes on the baby’s forehead.
    -If you eat sth directly from the pan/pot, it will rain on your wedding day.
    And the traditional ones of the broken mirror, not walking under the ladder, tuesday 13 is a bad luck day, the groom shouldn’t see the bride before the ceremony, etc.

  365. Martina, you broke a bone every year for seven years?! OMG! *mouth hangs open* I cannot even fathom breaking one bone. You’re one tough lady!

    “If you write it in blue pen it becomes a cashew.” ROFL. This video is brilliant. I keep snorting at random intervals. I am mentally squeeing in glee at the Twister reference.

    I need to think of more Filipino superstitions and will come back to edit this, but my old nanny used to tell me to NEVER sleep with wet hair because it’ll cause me to go bald. Oh! Another one is with wakes/funerals, if you (the one with the death in the family) have guests leaving, you shouldn’t bring them to the door or to their cars, otherwise they will take any evil spirits with them. Also, if coming from a wake, do not go directly home; drop by some other place, any other place (convenience store, coffee shop, restaurant, etc) for “pagpag” (brush off), meaning to brush off any lingering spirits that may have come with you from the wake, so you avoid bringing them into your home.

  366. In Denmark it’s considered bad luck to put new shoes on the table. Spilling salt means you will cry before evening but spilling sugar (accidently) means good luck.
    During the wedding reception you cut a hole the grooms socks to prevent him from proposing to other women. Also during the wedding reception, ripping the brides veil is considered good luck, the more pieces the better.

  367. OMG! Martina! The mirror-thing happened to me as well! :D I once broke my friend’s mirror and she resulted having bad luck that whole day…. But then I thouched some bunny legs and I think everything turned out O.K. :)

  368. I have one… im not sure where it came from but my friends always do it…. it consists in pinching someone’s shoulder when you see a nun walikng close to you…. and saying some “magic” words I never get to hear…. it is something about the good luck you get from seeing a nun and passing your luck onto others so you dont loose it… Im not sure… but its funny to see my friends all pinching each others’ shoulders when they see a nun! and scream and run in the process! ;)

    • i remember something similar during my childhood days. however, it was extremely racist when i think about it. in singapore, we have a mix of chinese, malays and indian people living here. so my friends and i (being chinese) would play a game of “what’s the color” every time we see a Sikh (turban wearing) person walk by. what we’ll do is when you spot the Sikh, you have to quickly pinch your friend’s earlobe and ask “what’s the color?” and keep pinching until he gives you the correct color of the Sikh’s turban. nobody does it nowadays. now i think of it, its really racist.

    • My sister is a nun! I’m glad that we don’t have that around here or my shoulders would be black and blue from all the pinching!!!

  369. oh my so many superstitions xD HAHAHAH Oh well, most of ours are pretty similar to the american ones like breaking a mirror means bad luck, don`t spill salt, uhm. bad number 13. But here`s a funny one, when you see a black cat passing you right? our way to get rid of it is to find a drainspotting and then walk in circles around it for ehm.. (dunno how many times) and then the bad luck is gone. Then we have the umbrella thingy, and for some reason it means bad luck to lay new shoes on your table what so ever O.o so yeah most of the superstitions here are pretty similar to american`s

  370. I’m from Norway, and I think we have some of the same superstitions as North America.
    It means bad luck if you kill a spider, if you break a mirror, see a black cat cross the road, and if the bridegroom see his bride in her weddingdress before the wedding. It also means bad luck if the 13th is on a Friday.
    there is probably a lot more, but those are the ones I remember right now.

  371. most of my close friends are from mexico and very often a weird superstition will come up and I’l be so confused
    one time we made fresh brownies and when they came out of the oven I started to cut them and put them on plates so we could all eat them while they were still warm but apparently you cant eat breads while there hot because it will make you sick.
    Also some people where I live put little owl statues up to scare away demons

  372. Since I am from Naples (Italy) the amount of superstitions are way too many to list here… Not an entire blog would be enough to list them all.

    But there are few I can list:

    -If a girl sit in a corner of a table she will not marry. Same if she, or anyone else, touches with a broom her feet.

    - A woman going to marriage needs to wear a blue thing, a old thing and a borrowed thing.

    - If you hear a owl (the white kind specially) in the very early morning (like 3-4am) someone dear to you will die.

    -If you wear a t shirt/top wrong way you are invited somewhere you still don’t know.

    -For us it is the Friday 17th that is very bad. You can’t leave your house on that day or you will be in very high danger.

    -Also for us, breaking a mirror will bring you bad luck for 7 years.

    -Do not drop salt or oil, you will loose money! If salt, take some and throw it back on your left side.

    -Do not walk under any kind of ladder or stairs, very bad luck.

    -Cut your hair only on the new moon.

    -Do not put a hat of any kind on your bed.

    -Have a garlic braid in your house to keep the evil away from it and have a red horn (chilli look alike) with you to keep away the evil eye from you.

    -Do not sit at a table in 13. It is bad luck. It comes from the last supper of Jesus where he died after eating with his 13 disciples (yes, they were 13).

    -On the new year, throw out of the balcony window all the old plates and glasses (smash!)… good luck for the new coming time…

    This are only few of the things we believe in. There are thousands more since our history is way too long… but some are surely funny. :D

  373. In Korean and Chinese culture (maybe other cultures also), it is considered bad luck to give someone a knife as a present, because it is like cutting off the relationship. So if you do give someone a knife by accident, then they will give you a small amount of money (maybe a coin) as “payment” for the knives to ward off the bad luck.

  374. Well this is a personal superstition in a a sense, if you wear pants you die. At least without a belt, maybe. I’ve always been scared that if a serial ever confronts me while I’m wearing pants as I run away my pants will fall down, I’ll trip and then be murdered. Now that I’ve bestowed that weirdness it is awkward sooooo bye.

  375. Some hungarian ones that popped into my mind:
    1. If you’re sick and someone gives you medicine don’ say “thank you” because then it won’t make the pain go away.
    2. If you hit your elbow and touch it, that means you’ll have a suprise guest.
    3. If you step into dog poo you’ll be lucky, same if a bird poops on you.
    4. Your first meal in the new year should be lens, because they supposed to bring you wealth.
    5. If you wear something wrong (shirts, sock, any clothing) you can only change it in the doorway, or you’ll be unlucky.
    /. If you kill a spider you’ll be unlucky.
    8. If you see a sweep you should touch a button (on your jeans or jacket) and you’ll be lucky.

  376. I know that there’s a Chinese superstition where, since crows are associated with death, if you see a crow, you should wish good luck to people around you. Apparently my grandma did this constantly.
    Also, it is not good to even speak of your death. Kinda like jynxing it. It’s because of this that my mom doesn’t let me discuss donating my body or organs to science after my death with her.
    Also, in Hong Kong, since they were taken over by the British for 100 years, buildings are usually missing floors 4 AND 13, as well as any other floors with the number 4 (so 14, 34, the entire 40th-49th floor, etc).
    In Chinese, the number 8 is GOOD luck. This is because 8 sounds like “fortune” or “get rich” or something like that.
    Eating a boiled egg on a special occasion is good luck. I don’t really know why, lol. I just know that my mom used to cook them for me on my birthdays, and we eat them at the “1st month birthday” of new babies. Maybe weddings and New Years too, but I don’t quite recall.
    That’s all I have for now, but I know that there’s way more, and I’ll comment again when I think about ‘em.

  377. I’m Navajo and live in the United States. .

    1) Don’t point at a rainbow, or your finger will fall off. (My personal favorite hahahaha)

    2) Don’t whistle at night. You’ll bring shape-shifters and wind.

    3) If a baby crosses their fingers, his/her mother will be pregnant again soon…if she isn’t already.

    4) Don’t thrust a knife into something like a watermelon, or modern day–jars of peanut butter, jam, mayonnaise…because it is the symbol of a lightening striking something.

    5) If a coyote crosses your path, you must turn back and wait for someone else to cross before you can. If you don’t, something very bad will happen to you.

  378. My Japanese teacher used to tell us to never bring a plant as a gift to someone who’s been hospitalised: it supposedly means you wish they’d ‘grow roots’ and remain in the hospital.

    And this isn’t a superstition, but seeing as so many others have mentioned finishing all the food on your plate, she also said that if you clean your plate in Japan, your hostess will think you’re asking for more food and will keep refilling your plate (though I’ve since heard that the opposite is true in Japan and a clean plate indicates satisfaction with the meal – so confusing).

  379. lots of korean words that have to do with death have the syllable ‘sa’ in it, so it’s not just in chinese!
    (same in japanese: ‘shi’ can mean both 4 and death)

  380. I love those french comment by Simon ! “Bonjour, je suis mort. Sont vos pantalons rempli de flamants roses ?” means “Hello, I’m dead. Are your pants full of flamingo” The second phrase isn’t really correct, it should be ” Est-ce que vos pantalons sont remplis de flamants rose ?” But, anyways, French grammar is really difficult, I know it well since french is my mother tongue. For superstitions, I don’t know why, but, putting shoes on a table is said to bring bad luck ..

  381. How is religion in Korea? Have you guys been to church? And are you religious or just find an interest in religion given you guys said you both minored in it at uni?

  382. in my country, if it rains on your wedding day,you and your partener will be rich people (or so they say), but, on my brother’s wedding day it rained, and..um…he is pretty rich by now..sooo…hmm…yeah

  383. In Poland people always say that you shouldn’t learn in the day before important exam. Just chill out and relax!

  384. Here (The Netherlands) we have a lot of things:

    1. When you see a circkel made of mushrooms and you stand in it alone, you will get bad luck because witches are going to chase after you.

    2. If you say something like about IF your dad wil die, you need to knock on something made of wood or else it will happen for real.

    3. When a ladybug flies towards you, you’ll get really lucky but if you kill a ladybug you wil ga reeaaaalllyyy bad luck.

    4. If you borrow something on a monday you will lose it the other day.

    5. Before you eat your breakfast and you sneeze 3 times it will be good wether the next day.

    6. If your nose feels tickilish you will get a present from someone

    There are a lot more seriously like aaaa-llllooootttt but i’m kinda to lazy… Hope it will help if you will come to The Netherlands someday^^

  385. I heard about the fan death from youtuber cpgrey! Didn’t know it was common sense there lol
    For chinese it’s also unlucky for either the girl or guy to gift any type of shoes to each other :D it’s like encouraging them to walk out of your life. I did it a few times but I’m still stuck! So SUPERSTITION BUSTED but not really superstitions.. most are just unlucky thoughts.
    Whoah… I know so many asian superstitions don’t know where to start.
    Such an interesting topic for tldr

  386. I kind of wrote my Korean pen pal’s name on the envelope with a red pen. It was Christmas dammit how was I supposed to know? Now she has been cursed since December and I’m feeling super guilty…

  387. Some superstitions in Vietnam I know

    1. Many people believe it’s not good to eat eggs on the exam day, or in more serious case, a week before the exam. They think it will make them get 0 point. I still sometimes believe that but I’m too concerned about it.

    2. In Vietnamese the word for ‘slippery’ and ‘fail (a test)’ is the same word ‘trượt’. Probably Korean has that kind of word too.

    3. People should not place the bed facing the room’s door or a mirror.

    4. This is a funny one: Some people believe that if you dream of a roach on your body you’ll get money the next day.

    5. Do not play chopsticks / spoons or anything you use to eat.

  388. I don’t know if it’s only in Austria but it’s really common for us (or atleast me and many of my friends) to do those.

    1.When you look at the clock and it’s for example 2:22 pm you either have to knock three times on wood, or jump or it means that
    someone is thinking about you. This also counts for 3:33, 4:44, and so on….


    2.When an eyelash comes off, take it and blow on it. You will have a wish granted.


    3. Many other common things like with the black cat, the mirror and the number 13.

  389. I was in a hotel in Taipei, and I noticed on the elevator, there was no button for floor 4 or floor 14. I was so confused, since the hotel elevator didn’t actually skip the floors themselves. (like floor 5 on the elevator is actually floor 4 looking from the outside) super bizarre, i wondered why the hotel didn’t just actually skip the floor itself and just fill floors 4 and 14 with cement or something?

  390. well i live in singapore and i’m ethnic chinese so most of our superstitions are chinese based.

    the number 4, just like shizishan said, does not share the same chinese character, it simply sounds the same when pronouncing it. i believe korean and japanese do share some similar culture with the chinese because their language originated from the chinese. it wasnt so over the top here in singapore. our buildings do have the 4th floor. only the elderly superstitious folks believe that and the number that they totally DO NOT like is 9413, which sounds like the chinese idiom 九死一生, crudely translated to “90% death 10% live”

    we have the high heel superstition too. another gift superstition is never buy a clock for someone as a gift, because the term of “gifting a clock” 送钟 sounds like “burying a parent” 送终.

    i believe you guise did a TLDR video before saying one should never stab the chopsticks into a bowl of rice. its the same here. the main reason is that it resembles the burning of joss sticks (incense) when paying respects to the dead. another food related superstition is that parents always like to tell their kids to finish their plate clean, and i mean CLEAN. they will warn the kids that the more food you left over on your plate, the more pimple/acne your future spouse will have.

    never take a picture of someone when they are sleeping. it is believed that the camera flash/shutter will snap the soul out of the person. also never place a mirror directly facing the bed, it is believed that when a person is asleep, his/her soul leaves the body while dreaming and if the soul comes back, it might mistook the reflection as the real body, enters the mirror and never to return.

    • That mirror one is pretty freaky because my mom and sister’s room is like, mirror central >< They have 8 mirrors total in their room. At least one on each face of the room DX

      • obviously these superstitions arent true. i dont believe in any of them, i just don’t do it so it won’t upset my mom since she’s quite superstitious. your mom and sister are doing fine aren’t they? nothing to worry about =)

  391. It rained at our wedding (in Ontario) and everyone told us that it was good luck. So I guess it’s not just a Korean thing! They may have been trying to make us feel better, though…

  392. Hi, I am from Austria and I think most of the superstitions are the typical one, like the number 13, or breaking a mirror and so on.
    But we got some, I think they might be interesting.
    I don’t know if this superstition is known in every area of Austria, but they say if you see a stork you’ll get pregnant soon.
    If you shake the hand of a chimney sweeper on New Years Eve, you will be lucky the whole year.
    Oh, and Austrian people don’t like to sit at the corner of a table, because they say you will get an evil mother-in-law if you do so.
    Knocking 3 times on wood will prevent bad things to happen.
    It’s an very interesting topic, altough I don’t believe in that kind of stuff. :3

    • I’m from Germany and we have some similar superstitions! There are also a few differences though…shaking hands with a chimney sweeper generally means you will be lucky and I know of the knock-on-wood-thing to prevent bad luck as well, but three times?

      other superstitions I know of are e.g. that you shouldn’t walk through under a ladder. and if you place your shoes in front of your bed facing the bed, bad spirits will put them on and then climb into your bed or something like that. ^^;

      oh, and there’s a german saying that shards bring good luck, but I’m not sure if that goes for shards of broken mirrors too….

  393. I live in the U.S., and I’ve only seen a gun once, and that’s because a really close family friend is like, total besties with the security guard at my church. (Yes, there’s a security guard at my church. And he wears a real gun for all to see.) My parents were thinking about getting a gun, but we never did because 1. Guns are friggin’ expensive, yo! (At least, in the US they are) and 2. My parents kept arguing about what mm. of gun we should get. So… Meh. I do have a friend, though, who lives in another part of the US, whose family owns 36 guns. I’m not kidding. She took a video of her house to prove it. I find that, generally, people who live in the country, especially guys, own at least one gun for hunting, while people who live in the city generally don’t have guns. There are always exceptions though.

    I have honestly never heard of fan death. XD In the summer I do that aaaaaaall the time. Why? Because I’m going to suffocate if I don’t because IT’S FRIGGIN’ HOT. Wow. That’s so absurd. XD

    Yes, Simon, that actually happens in tornadoes. I learned that in my science class. XD

    There’s always the black cat superstition in America. If you see a black cat that’s supposedly bad luck, but don’t believe it. My aunt has two black cats and she’s never had really bad luck. :P

    Koreans sometimes use hanja, (don’t they?) which originated from China. (Didn’t it?)

  394. I think my favorite bad omen in the US is spilling salt. If you do you have to take a small pinch from the container and toss it over your shoulder. This is to ward off the bad juju. Also, the whole right side up/upside down penny thing still exists. I just say, “hey free penny.” Throwing coins into fountains is good luck or makes a wish come true.Broken shoestrings are supposedly a bad sign. Don’t tell your wish after you blow out your birthday candles. Don’t go into the dark basement alone.

    One I have learned from my Native American friends and classmates is that snakes are bad juju. So is stepping on a grasshopper, which brings on nosebleeds. Also they can’t tell certain tribal stories during certain times of year or that brings bad luck.

  395. I don’t know if these are common everywhere, but here in Portugal, if your ears turn red or get really warm it means someone is talking bad about you, walking or driving by a black cat means you’ll have an accident soon, small spiders in the house mean money and killing them means that money will go away… Also, leaving your purse on the floor sets your life back for many years.

  396. I visited Ukraine a couple years back for VBS, and it was super hot!!! But windows shouldn’t be open because you’ll get sick and die. So they made special windows that are super small way up high on the walls that opened up so when a breeze came in it hit the roof instead of the floor aka you: but they weren’t very common, at least where I was staying. The buses and trains were awful hot because you weren’t allowed to open a window! I got on a train and my companions and I opened a window in the train hall, but a person in charge came and closed it angrily. :( The room we stayed in on the train had no window either so we were dyeing…. A breeze will get you sick and kill you…

  397. In the Philippines, you eat noodles on your birthday for long life. If you have a mole/beauty mark on your hand, you’ll be rich. If you have a mole/beauty mark on your foot, you’ll travel a lot in your life. This next one I’m not sure why we do it, but when someone dies, you must pass a baby over the dead loved one in their casket. There’s a lot, but those are some not so complicated ones.

  398. yup, that’s true, there is absolutely no wind in the center of a tornado. for once, Martina’s right (only once though)

  399. We have a few old ones in Norway, but no one really believes them anymore *shrug*.

    1. If it rains during the wedding, the married couple will get allot of crybabies (/spoiled, /rotten).
    2. If it snows during the wedding, they will get rich!
    3. Children should not look themselves in the mirror until they had their first birthday, if not it would lead to a unhappy life.
    4. Pick 7 different kind of flowers during midsummer eve and put them under your pillow, you will dream of your future partner in marriage .
    5. Do not give your girlfriend socks, it means “dead love”.
    And a howl lot more…

  400. Fan death is super funny. Probably 90% of the south east asian population would have been wiped out if this was true. BTW, I’m in an enclosed room with a fan blowing at me.

  401. My family has a superstition that you put butter on someone’s nose on their birthday so they’ll have good luck for the year. We got it from my Polish grandma but I have no idea if it originated in Poland.

  402. one that i’ve heard is:

    don’t whistle at night, or you’ll get robbed

    the rest involve not eating certain foods at certain times.. but i think that’s just my family trying to trick me into not eating foods i like and making stick with veggies xD

  403. One I grew up with (In the US) is don’t play with fire or you’ll wet the bed. Then A few years ago, I learned that, that superstition originally comes from Japan..

  404. I was thinking about superstitions in Austria and there are really a lot of things like everything you do could be bad luck or so ~
    For example:
    when the bridegroom see his bride in her wedding dress before the wedding
    when a single man sit at the corner of a table his mother in law will be evil
    when you leave your hairbrush on your bed somebody in your family will die
    the same thing when you spill salt

  405. the ones I can remeber (from Argentina) are, if your palm itches you are supposed to put it on your pocket so you will receive money, if you say the same word at the same time with someone you have to Knock on wood to take the other person’s luck. you are not supposed to sweep near someones feet or they won’t get married, you have to tie a red string to your baby’s wrist to avoid “el mal de ojo”… and that’s all I can remember

  406. i grew up in the south eastern US. if you give someone a wallet or a purse as a gift you’re supposed to put money (usually a penny) in it as well, recieving an empty wallet/purse a supposedly leads to bad luck with money. and of course any time you mention something bad that could happen you’re supposed to knock on wood after you say it to prevent it from happening. the 666 thing isnt really about luck, it’s about an association with Satan.

  407. In Croatia, when student has his first exam at university parent should throw water after him when he leaves the house. Because the exam should ‘flow’ well and you’ll pass it.

  408. OK, update on my latest post (as I’ve finally watched the video itself.


    Yes, evil, frickin fear of fans exist. I had a korean roommate in China, and the lucury of being an international student was to have a fan & heat combo in our rooms. Now, this fan was situated above her desk and she pretended it didn’t exist. I, on the other hand, live on the Northern cold part of the globe and decided to use the heat of the fan to warm up. She seriously freaked for a while until I showed her, it was not a torture device for cold, it was to make us both a little warmer. She seriously seemed to believe cold wind on your would kill her.

    I, who live north, know very well that no such thing will happen (unless you’re in your undies in a snowstorm). A little cold air won’t kill you, however if your body has manifested a virus and gets cold, then be sure to be sick. My friends who went through the military for a year also told me that the cold doesn’t create colds.It can trigger it, if you already have a slught cold, but if you’re 100 % healthy, no… you wont catch a cold. Seriously, one of the military drills was to bath in a hole in the ice. It was apparently really frickin cold and only something vikings would think of, but no one died from it.


    4, or 四 in Chinese is seriously yes a superstitious number, so superstitious you barely every see it in China. The best lucky number is 8 八,which corresponds to fu 福 (?) which means good fortune, in the general belief of richess. An 8 can erase a 4, so whithin Chinese phone numbers you may have a 4 in it, if you have at least one 8. (Seriously China, you are so superstitious at times).But anyway…

    Korea used Chinese characters at the beginning of their history, so in early days they wrote in the same language (after all, they’re neighbours). However, a Korean king remade the alphabet based on the tongue’s position in the mouth, hence the characters changed drastically. (Sidenote: Japanese was created by women, who weren’t allowed to write in Chinese characters, so they created their own language, hence the modern spelling in Japan). But I guess, since China and Korea have been quite close throughour most of history (with the slight exception of the last 60 years when South Korea allied with the US). that those old habits have yet to die out.

    [boring detailed information that has nothing to do with Korea starts now, CAUTION seriously, don't read this if you're a sensitive person.]

    After all, 13 is one of the oldest bad numbers in the Western world (North America/Europe). It comes from the last meal Jesus had with his apostles. There they were 13 to dine, and an old saying goes: when 13 dines, the first to rise will die. In the bible this was Judas, who according to John’s chapters of the bibles got possesed by the devil to eventually betray Jesus for 30 silver coins.

    In those days 30 silver coins was a lot (but apparently not enough for the life of the Holy son. In any way,Judas bretrays Jesus by a kiss, and the Roman guards arrest him. Jesus is inprissoned, tortured brutally (I’ve seen the tools they used, hole mother of God, that had to hurt a lot).

    Judas regrets his deed and throw the coins back into a holy Sanctum, which pretty much damages the holyness of it as the money is bathed in blood (as a figure of speech, he was paid to betray Jesus). Judas later dies some time before jesus (actually) by hanging himself.

    Jesus later has to carry his cross towards the place the hang him on. Crosses were a common way to kill thieves, murderers etc. because they were probably very effective. (After all, you could physically see the people in pain). Several inch long nails were jammed into his feet and slightly below his hands. At first, he most likely had a place to sit, because if you hang in such a position you suffocate (proven by sick experiments on Jews during the War). This way you could control when a person died as well, because the sitting place allowed you to rest for a while (with limited air supply). The prisoners literally struggled to survive, when they relaxed they couldn’t breath and as soon as they had some energy they would try to stand. Eventually, you’d run out of strength and die.

    But, God kills Jesus prematurely 8as by the bible), and the rest well… well, you know. Jesus is ressurected and all that.

    But this literally brings forth the unlucky number 13, because it was pretty unlucky, wouldn’t you say?

    [End of none-Korean topic]

  409. Out of the infinite number of numbers, 4 had to be unlucky :-(
    The number 4 is actually my favorite and lucky number, it sort of follows me around lol

  410. i have slept in a closed room with a fan blowing at me for a good 7 years, i have not died yet…

  411. haha Simon and Martina, the whole high heel thing is a North American superstition as well! …I guess maybe not in Canada?

  412. We have loads of superstitions here in Sweden ^^

    When someone is serving you a slice of cake you shouls be able to tell if you’re ever going to get married. If the cake tips over and lands on it’s side you’re not, and if it stands you will :)

    If a girl on Midsummer’s eve, pick 7 different types of flowers in complete silence and puts them under her pillow, she will that night dream of the person she’s later going to marry. ^^

    You should not leave your keys on a table as it means bad luck…

    If a black cat were to cross your path you should spit/pretend to spit three times over you shoulder to scare off the devil (The black cat is apparently the devil) xD

    Don’t step on manholes/wells with an A on them, it means bad luck. But if you step on one with a V or a K on it means good luck ^^

    Some people might not like it if you thank them for saying “prosit” (bless you) after you sneeze as it’s supposed to kill a house elf.. :(

    Don’t step on cracks in the street (especially not on friday 13th!) as it means bad luck.

    There are soooooo many more but couldn’t write them all ^^

  413. Starsania

    This one may be more of a personal or a family superstition rather than a national one because I haven’t heard of it outside my family. I first heard it was when one of my great grandparents died when I was smaller, My mother says she saw an oriole that day.

    I believe it was my grandma that said the souls of the ones close to us will visit us with an oriole before they leave. I didn’t believe it at first but on the day we had to put my cat down ( I had her since kindergarten and loved her very very much) was the first time I ever saw an oriole. (it was a bright orange Baltimore oriole so there was no mistaking it)

    I wonder if anyone else has a tradition/superstition similar to this one because I really don’t know if it’s some cultural thing or just a personal family one.

  414. the rain in the wedding day is luck is here in Romania :)) and we have another superstition (superstition that very few now believes it)is: “do not drink directly from ladle, because you will marry an ugly man/women” :)) or “do not eat in the corner of the table, because is bad luck” :)) and another one “do not sweep your feet (or someone else sweeps them), because you will never marry” (or something) :)) but elders believe them more these days :)

  415. In Ukrain besides main superstitions about mirror and etc. we have belief that if black cat crossed your way, then you’ll be unlucky. So its better to go completely another way or to sing a special song about not you being unlucky but a cat that crossed your way (yes, people even made a special song for this case). And another one is if you went out but forgot something from the house and you need to go back, you have to look in to the mirror before leaving the house, otherwise you will be unlucky all day.

  416. That bird poop thing. My mother is Dominican and one of the beliefs they have is if a bird poops on your right hand you’ll receive money. If it poops on your left you’ll lose money. I had both happen to me in a period of two days, got a tax refund of $1,000 then a bill of $500 right after xD

    Another one is that if it rains while it’s sunny, like tends to happen when there’s a drizzle, a witch is getting married and it means good luck to anyone else getting married on that day.

  417. Here in Finland we also have the shoe thing! But it doesn’t have to be high heels, just any shoes will do.

    I don’t know if this applies to theater in general, but at least in Finland we believe that if the dress rehearsal goes badly, the opening will go great. (and vice versa)

    and Martina, as many have already said, you’re right about the tornado :)

    • so many love related footwear superstitions! :-0 Socks in Norway (as Lise Lie) said, shoes in Finland and Korea… I wonder where it comes from!

    • I didn’t know we had the shoe thing in Finland also :D

      I can’t really come up with any superstitions, except the belief that if girls pick out seven different kinds of flowers and put it under their pillow on Midsummer’s night, you will see your future husband in your dream (hasn’t worked for me tough yet, even if I do it every year as a tradition lol).

      Oh also when where on the country side vising my grandma and she makes coffee and pastries, there has to be seven kinds of pastries on the table. Don’t remember for what reason though. But there seems to be something with the number seven here…

      And idk if this count also but on Christmas when we eat rice porridge, you put an almond (or more which our family does) in it and the one who gets it receives luck in any near future activities they’ll have/do.

  418. Blueberries

    I wonder if these are international or only here in Finland but:

    1. Sunset glow is beatiful but it means next day is going to be very windy.
    2. Morning glow means that the weather will be bad and rainy later on.
    3. You must spit three times after seeing black cat or you will face bad luck.
    4. Snail coming out it’s shell means that it’ll be fair weather.

    Learned from anime: If you sneeze someone is talking about you behind your back.

    • Cyber_3

      In relation to the the first two about sunset/sunrise: “Red in the morning, sailors take warning, Red at night, sailor’s delight” seems to still be said around in the western hemisphere. Works too (in Ontario anyways). A red sunset means it will be fair weather tomorrow, a red sunrise (usually only see these in winter) means that there will be a big storm later in the day. This is because storms usually move from west to east around here, I gather it’s similar on the spice sea route from Europe to Asia.

  419. It’s funny that they think sleeping with a fan is bad luck because I can’t sleep without one.
    Hmm… I tend to disregard superstitions because I think they are silly but I remember a few that my mother told me.
    My parents are from Costa Rica so I guess these are Costa Rican superstitions.
    1) don’t pick up and bring home anything off of the street after 6pm because that will let evil spirits in.
    2) if you point at a cemetery, bite your finger or else it will rot with the newest body buried.
    3) pregnant woman shouldn’t raise their hands over their heads because the umbilical cord will strangle the baby
    4) cover mirrors during a lightning storm.
    5) wash your hands and feet outside of your home after a funeral so that the dead don’t follow you home
    6) if you hear a dead person, a person that you know is dead, call your name don’t answer it.
    7) don’t bring an old broom and mop to a new home.
    I just realized how morbid some of these are.

  420. In Sweden, if you see a dragonfly you get one wish.
    On midsummers eve you’re supposed to pick 7 or 9 different flowers and put them under your pillow and you will dream about your future spouse during that night. Do not pick the heather flower and take it indoors because it means death.
    If your left palm itches, you will recieve money.
    A horse shoe should never be hung up on the wall upside down, the luck that’s in the shoe will fall out.
    walking on a manhole cover with the letter A on it will bring you bad luck.
    Killing a spider will make it rain the next day.
    knock on wood (a table) and say “Peppar, peppar ta i trä” (pepper, pepper knock on wood) to prevent any bad things to happen.

    There are a lot more superstitions in Sweden but these are some that I know of. ^^

  421. I’ve heard about when you sneeze that means someone is talking about you. The most strange one I’ve heard is someone that I know who went to Spain and apparently it’s good luck or something to have a mole on your face. Because of that, other people WILL try to TOUCH the mole on your face O_O It happened to her, so when she caught on she made the people stop doing that.

  422. One supersition in my country that i know is dont sweep the floor during lunar new year because you’ll sweep away all the fortune and luck

  423. i learned a whole new set of superstitions after being pregnant in korea. my mother in law wouldn’t let me eat duck meat because the baby would be born with webbed feet -__-

  424. 4 is not the character death in Chinese – It just that the word for 4 sounds similar (but has a different tone) to the word for death. Since Koreans had close relations with China for a long time, it’s not surprising they have the same superstition (though I haven’t seen the number 4 being replaced in China, people do try to avoid it. For example, in the US, some Chinese would not buy houses if there was a lot of 4′s in the address). Koreans used Chinese for a long time. Since Chinese characters do not have to be pronounced the same for the same meaning to come through, it was versatile and very meaningful even across languages.

    I was always told to let the fan blow directly at me – always set it to rotate since it’s easier to get a cold with constant wind blowing at you. Never heard that it would lead to death or anything…
    There’s a ton of superstitions in Asia. One in China is that you shouldn’t share a pear with someone since the pronunciation of “split a pear” sounds the same as “separation.” So if you share a pear with someone, you will be separated from that person.
    Also, don’t give a clock to someone as a gift – it’s a sign of time running out and death. Though people say watches are fine, especially given the current craze about quality, high end watches.

  425. I actually love it how most of the superstitions are actually very logical or easily explained (not all of them, but most…. i think… of them)

  426. I live in the US, some classic superstitions: Step on a crack you break your mothers back, Throw salt over your shoulder for good luck, A rabbits foot will bring you good luck, The number 666 is EVIL, Knock on wood to eliminate bad luck, Oh! and make a wish on a wishbone.

  427. in Italy we have many superstitions, but it surprised me that the one about rain during wedding is the same as in Korea! we say “sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” which litterally means: wet bride, lucky bride. About gifts, we say that you shouldn’t present a girl with pearls because pearls bring tears, and everyone who gives you a pin (like a safety pin) should prick his finger before: otherwise it means that he hopes you will get hurt by the pin and…die soon I suppose (?)

  428. okay… i am having deja vu or something

    SimonAndMartina.. please tell me you’ve mentioned fan death, boyfriends shouldn’t buy shoes for their girlfriends, planned bouquet catching and raining on wedding being a good sign in previous videos..

    because my brain is adamant that you’ve made a similar ..like extremely similar video before >.<

    ah.. maybe an EatYourKimchi connoisseur can help me out? i just can't seem to recall..

  429. Not a superstition but I remeber my Mum telling me not to write letters/cards etc in red pen because it was rude. I don’t know if this is a common thing in the UK or not…

  430. averageaverageaverage

    from what i know the black cat superstition if slipped somewhere where white cats are the devill…

  431. I dunno if this is a superstition or not, but there is a belief here in Alaska that if you whistle to the northern lights, then they will answer you back. If you do it the correct way they will give you a nice display, or stay with you longer. However if you do it wrong, then they will make something bad happen…

    *I say Alaska but this is not a well known belief all over the state, more of the interior and northern areas. I have friends that are Yupik, and Athabascan who taught me to whistle correctly at em…

  432. My fan doesnt exactly have blades …. so I wont die right? right guise…? Some superstitions in Singapore and this is mostly from malay culture would be dont open umbrella indoors (but ive tried it cause we have a badass over here lol), do not clip your nails at night, girls shouldnt sing when theyre cooking or else theyll marry an old man…

  433. haha both my brother’s roommates are korean and last year they were trying to convince him that fan death was a real thing and it was the funniest thing me and my brother had ever heard.

    also, i’m not sure if this goes for everyone in the US, but where i grew up, whereas friday the 13th is supposed to be the day where like freddy comes to kill your or satan breaks through the earth’s crust or s/t idk, if you have an exam on that day, it’s supposed to be good luck, i think. or the 13th day of the month or something.

    but yeah that’s my story (✿◡‿◡)

  434. Actually I have heard of fan death before, but based on a completely different explanation. I remember it was generally only dangerous for elderly or sick people and it had to be above a certain degree of heat (that’s not how you say that but my brain won’t work with me). I thought the problem was that the fan basically blows hot air directly at you, but because of your sweat you don’t realise how hot it really is and prolonged exposure can result in your body overheating while it doesn’t feel that way or something ? I’m confused now though cause I definitely wasn’t in Asia when I heard that XD

  435. from what i know the red pen ink name superstition thingy is because people used to write the names of the deceased in red. also another funny one. in america we try not to have “thirteenth floors” by simply skipping over the number. i heard that they do that with the number 4 in korea. is it trueee???

  436. In the South here in America it is considered bad luck when it rains on your wedding day. Also three 6′s are considered really really bad luck. To the point that if you buy something and the total is $6.66 then you purchase something else to change the total, and with giving back change you just tell them to keep a penny so that you don’t have that amount in your pocket.

  437. So funny to know some of the superstition of Korea… Here in my country there are so many xDD

  438. My husband always makes me buy a lottery ticket if I have a really weird or gross dream. He thinks dreams about poo are the best for good luck.
    He also told me that it’s bad luck to trim your fingernails at night because an evil spirit will follow you and try to take your soul or something. I pointed out that he always trims his fingernails at night and he said, “I don’t care, and they can’t come get me in Australia.”

  439. ahaha fan death. both my brother’s roommates are korean and they were trying to convince the both of us that fab death was a real thing last year and it was honestly the funniest thing I’d ever heard.
    but anyway, i don’t know about other people but where I grew up in the US, whereas Friday the 13th is supposed to be really unlucky, it’s supposed to be good luck if you have an exam on that day or like on the 13th of the month or w/e idk

  440. I’m originally form the Dominican Republic and my grandma told me not to walk barefoot or look at a mirror when there is a thunderstorm because you can get electrocuted…. I always walk around the house with rubber slippers during a thunderstorm now and cover my mirror with a towel lol

  441. Wow i should have died every night last summer. lol :D

  442. Oh, and the thing we REALLY DO in Poland before an exam is KICKING SB’S BUTT (owner of which is taking an exam). And it literally means just that, of course it’s rather a touch with a knee but whatever, even parents do that do bring “good luck” to their child xD

  443. [watching video, stops video at 1:06, looks across the room at my fan, and my closed door, sighs, and says crap...]

  444. First off… was that a didgeridoo at the end of the video.
    Secondly… in Zimbabwe we had a superstition about chameleons crossing the road, that it was bad luck to interrupt them – so you had to stop and let the chameleon cross the road. FYI… chameleons take forever to cross roads coz they do that shakey one-step-broken-dunlop-suspensions kinda walk. zig-zag-zag-zig-zag-zag… you know!
    We also have a superstition about small people called Tokoloshe (tok-or-lore-shee) – basically segregation of dwarves in southern africa – and that you need to sleep on a raised bed or they would come and bite your toes off… especially children.. WOOOooooooOOooo*cough*. (this is why in some places you can see people have their beds up on bricks)
    There are a couple of other really ridiculous superstitions…. but I can’t go into them, for real.

    In Australia however, there is also the Aboriginal (Native Australian) beleif that a camer picture can steal your soul – sometimes during documentaries of Australia you will see a warning that it contains pictures of deceased persons, this is playing into that superstition. I can’t really think of any other.


  445. I know in Guam, there is a superstition about your wedding day. If it rains during the wedding for a short amount of time, the couple will last for a long time. However, if it rains all night, the couple is doomed for a terribly unhappy marriage that will end in divorce.

    Also there are superstitions about pregnancy/having a newborn, like never take an infant out at night or when there is fog, the baby will die from having its life stolen by evil spirits. As well as, if you are pregnant and just took a shower, don’t put wrap your hair in a towel on your head cause the baby’s umbilical cord will wrap around its neck.

    Two other superstitions I remember hearing all the time are never ever sleep with your hair wet because your neck will cramp/break and never eat food while laying on your stomach or else your belly will grow to a ginormous size. >.>”

  446. oh I guess I should be dead by now according to fan death since in the summer I sleep with my fan on, pointed at me in my closed room like every night lol

  447. There are a few superstitions in my culture, some are backed with good reasons while some others are just ridiculous.

    Reasonable(?) superstitions:
    1. Unmarried girls should not sing while they are cooking or they will get married to old men.
    Real reason: So that girls pay attention while cooking and that will prevent any mishaps from happening like a fire etc.

    2. Children should not eat chicken necks or their necks will bend on their marriage day. (LOOOL)
    Real reason: Chicken necks are nice and the adults just want to have it for themselves ahaha

    3. In my country, people would hang their laundry on poles and stick it out from our flats(? I don’t know how to explain this) so the poles will be hanging in midair. We are not supposed to walk below those poles or something bad(supernatural stuff) will happen to you.
    Real reason: If the pole falls, it might fall on your head and then you can say goodbye to your life. But the supernatural stuff might be a reason too since they always say our local ghosts like to sit on the poles(ah so creepy ><)

    4. When you are eating and one bit of rice get stuck on your face or near your mouth, you will get stepchildren when you get married.
    Real reason: One should always be conscious of one's appearance while eating.

    Unreasonable superstitions:
    1. When you are eating, you are not supposed to lift up your plate or your husband will run away.
    Sounds ridic but this actually happened to my grandma's friend who did not believe the superstition. I still don't believe it anyway.

    2. When you are eating, you must not change your seats or you will get a husband from somewhere really far….

    That's all I remember (and I think I remembered them correctly) but I know there are more superstitions in my culture! Haha
    And I am a Malay from Singapore~

  448. Iva Stošić

    I’m croatian livin in China and i can’t have my wedding ceremony next year cuz, like u said, 4 sounds like death -.-’ China is FULL of superstitions! FULLLLLL! I’m getting ready to renovate our new apartment, but my parents in law are against every idea i have cuz it’s a bad luck or when u say it out loud it sounds like something bad…. it’s complicated to live in china

  449. Singaporean here~ We have strange superstitions too, for example, we cannot gift people books/clocks/sharp things. Because books is ‘shu’ in chinese which sounds like ‘losing’. Giving someone clock as a present is ‘song zhong’ in chinese which also means sending the deceased off after the funeral. Giving your friends sharp things like knives and scissors means something like cutting off ties and so the friendship/relationship will end soon.

    Other superstitions are like we can’t shake our legs because we will shake our money away and stuff!

    Oh and there’s this weirdest one which says that if you don’t finish your rice, your future spouse will have very uneven and rough skin on their face, just like the rice bowl. So, the more rice you leave behind, the uglier your future spouse will be. Hah guessing this is a way to make kids finish all their food!
    4 is an unlucky number here too, but its my favorite number!

  450. Many crazy superstitions in Poland, here’s the one my grandma was believes in: if somebody sweeps the floor around your feet, you won’t get invited to a wedding. LOGIC! Just a thing I remembered when you mentioned sweeping..

  451. I’m from sweden and I never put my keyes or shoes on the table cause it’s bad luck, but don’t ask me why. And while walking on a street never step on manholes with letters on them, because then bad thing that begin with that letter will happen to you. Well I kind of live on the wild side and made it a habit to ALWAYS step on them instead, and I tell myself that GOOD thing begining with that letter will happen.

  452. in vietnam a day or a few hours before the lunar new year, your supposed to mop the floor and clean the house because it is supposed to mean that you are going to bring the good luck in when it hits midnight. Also, your suppose to wash all your clothes to bring in the luck for the new year.

    On new years day, your supposed to have your house door open to bring in the luck. To me its more like luck for robbers to come in and steal you stuff!
    Also if you just visited a cemetery (to pay respect to your dead relatives) then it is superstitious that you jump over a hay of fire because it means that no “deathly smell” is around you and apparently little kids can see those “deathly spirits” that are attached to you after you visit the cemetery =.=.
    I find asian superstitions fun to mess with for those that believe in them :)

  453. In northern ireland we have loads. Here if a black cat crosses your path its lucky. One my mum always adheres to is Dont put new shoes on a table – v bad luck. If you spill salt youre supposed to throw it over your right shoulder to get rid of the bad luck. My granny always said if it rained at a funeral its good luck. If you say something bad that could happen, you knock on wood 3 times to ensure it doesnt happen lol Personally im a “Im not superstitous, but…” person. I do it all, just in case lol

  454. thisisjustforfunval

    Guys, OMG, I can’t make it past the sentence “Don’t Do Anything Slipper on Exam Day.” My poor pervy Nasty brain can’t stop. I can’t stop laughing. XD

  455. I’ve heard the shoe thing here in Canada as well… Not just only high-heels but any shoes because they will walk out of your life.

  456. In Germany you can make a wish when you see a chimney sweeper :D

  457. BAKA doesnt mean shut up in japanese, it means stupid ^^ oh and i’m a chinese and i grow up with the superstition that says not to open umbrella indoors too. i never bother all those as well. i’ve also heard about tying a red string on your toe with the other end tied to a banana tree can make you see ghosts. lol. and the bloody mary thingy.

  458. Isabel Ruby

    martina’s right about the eye of a tornado!! twister got that shit right!!!!

  459. LOVE Martina’s faces behind Simon’s back……

  460. Japan has the same thing with the number four and you can’t gift things in 4s. I’ve also heard that when you visit someone in the hospital, don’t bring a potted plant since that represents death (roots in the ground). I grew up in the U.S. with the superstition of throwing salt over your left shoulder if you spill it.

  461. Actually in france too rain for the wedding is a good thing (not for the wedding planners” but) we say: “Mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux”: something like: “Rainy wedding, happy wedding”

  462. I’ve heard about writing your name using red ink as well. My colleague saw me writing my name using red pen and he told me it’s not good ~_~;;

  463. In Trinidad and Tobago we have a saying that if you eat from the pot, its going to rain on your wedding day and that if you sweep a single person’s foot that they are not going to get married (delay how long it takes them to get married….something like that)

  464. I grew up with the superstition that when you start having hiccups, that means you’ll still grow taller. And also, if you’re lying down or somethinf and someone walks over you, you won’t grow anymore, this also goes for walking underneath someone’s legs. I believed in these so much despite me being only 5’3. LOL.

  465. about mirrors! well not exactly mirrors, but breaking things.
    in Lithuania shivers/fragments/shards bring good luck. don’t ask me why XD

  466. People from Korea and Japan, please don’t shoot me, I’m just talking about what I learned in an East Asian civilization class in college. There is some sort of Chinese origin in Korean people because Chinese nomads traveling to Korea, Japan, other east asian countries back in the ancient days. The language, culture, and other things followed the nomads when they moved, but changed over time. However, there are some things that still from Ancient China that still have survived even now, just like the number four superstition. So there is a bit of Chinese origin in everyone, even though they don’t want to acknowledge it or don’t think about it.

    • i was thinking about the same thing too. i have heard so many elders telling me about how koreans n japanese were originally chinese in a way n they travel to other places n build up their own kind of culture n everything. Please dont shoot me too. no harm intended. just sharing the tales i’ve heard. cheers

    • While Koreans were influenced by a lot of Chinese culture and adopted many things from Chinese culture, genetically they are very different from the Chinese. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreans

    • Did you know all Japanese high school students study ancient Chinese literature? Kind of like how some American HS students study Latin. So Japanese people at least aren’t in denial of their indebtedness to ancient Chinese culture or anything.

    • Korean and Japanese are not pat of the Chinese language group.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages – Japanese and others, Korean’s place here is heavily debated.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Tibetan_languages – This is the Group Chinese dialects fall under.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreanic_languages – discussion of korean as a language isolate.

      “Archaeological evidence suggests proto-Koreans were migrants from south-central Siberia” -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_people#Origins
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_people#History- Check out the Theories of Origins Sections, there are many theories, and its not as straightforward as they were from China.

      Also you can go down and look at all the references for he articles if you would rather see a study than a Wikipedia article.

      Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries with China through the tributary system, and that is how Chinese culture and characters (they only used characters hey still spoke Korean) came to Korea and Japan. There are adopted words and loan words, and lot of cultural customs but they are not througah common relation, but cultural exchange. There hasalso been quite a bit of China absorbing Japanese loan words too. They exchange is mutual through all, although through the tributary system Chian seemed to have been dominating quite a bit.

      • In all honesty, China controlled Korea and Japan for a period of time in the past. Kinda like Rome taking over England and France. Most of the education was Chinese and they were ruled by the Chinese for a long time. I think there may have been some intermarrying though. I know there was between Korea and Japan because it wasn’t uncommon for Japanese to adopt Korean children to raise as their own during Japan’s occupation of Korea in the early 1900′s. But yeah, Korea and Japan still use traditional Chinese characters cause they were part of China’s empire for a time in each of their histories. The spoken languages were definitely influenced by Chinese though. My name sound very similar in all three: (Chinese) Shengli, (Korean) Seungri, (Japanese) Shori.

        • Like Cleopatra! She wasn’t Egyptian, she was actually Greek from the Ptolemy family.

        • Me: “Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries
          with China through the tributary system, and that is how Chinese culture
          and characters (they only used characters hey still spoke Korean) came
          to Korea and Japan.”

          You: “The spoken languages were definitely influenced by Chinese though.”

          You: Most of the education was Chinese and they were ruled by the Chinese for a long time. I think there may have been some intermarrying though

          Me: Korea and Japan have had huge cultural interactions over many centuries with China through the tributary system

          The process which you are unfamiliar with was the tributary system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Chinese_tributary_system A lot more happened than marrying and tehy were not excalty ruled by China, Check it out.

          It was absolutely different than Roman England or Roman Gaul. Completely. Utterly. Rome invaded Britain and Gaul and administratively controlled them in a way more similar to Japans Occupation of Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Britain

          Saying the same thing. I was implicitly discussing everything you just said.

          What I was noting is that they are not from a common descendent. Huge interactions and exchanges, but Korean and Japanese did not start out as Chinese and morph into something else. They they both came from a much more distant and unknown language, probably before people were in Northeast Asia.

          Exchange with Chinese language and a language descending from Chinese are two fundamentally different things.

      • I understand that, but all I mentioned what that there are Chinese origins in these groups. They used the language, but it had either evolved or been complete changed from the Chinese language system. If I remember correctly, Korea used Chinese until the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty realized that the system was too difficult for both the aristocratic and other social classes for communication and writing. I know that there are also traditions that may still remain within both counties, but I did mention that they had evolved or been complete replaced over the centuries, not that they are completely following Chinese. There were also different kinds of nomads that came to Korea so of course they also had an influence on the people and language..

    • GoldenAngelFeather

      I remember being told and elarned about it too, that they were chinese people but trraveled to other places and created a new culture, people. They may not be from the same language group or people say they have loan words and all, that is also true, but it’s also true that they used to be chinese people, from a looooong time ago

    • Well of course Japan is, they use Chinese characters lol. They can pronounce the word “four” as “shi” which can mean death.

  467. Malaysian Superstitions ^_^

    Dont clip your nails at night ( i forgot why but I think it was your mom will die)

    Dont play the flute at night or else snakes will come

    Dont open the umbrella in the house or you’ll be struck by lightning

    Dont sing in the kitchen You’ll get an old man for a husband

    Dont change your seat when eating you’ll get a cheating husband

    Your pencil must not be shorter than your pinky finger OR YOUR MOM WILL DIE! ∑(O_O;) [ My biggest fear!]

    Dont take a bath at night you’ll hurt your bones

    If your eyelash falls, pick it up make a wish and blow it. HAHA I STILL DO THIS! XD

    Dont play at dusk you’ll be abducted by Hantu Tetek ( Breast Ghost lol)

    If you lie on your stomach while lifting up your leg and spreading it YOUR MOM WILL DIE [again...Σ(゜ロ゜;) ]

    • so much mom death :(

    • 6 of 10 superstitions that you cited have also here in Brazil. I don’t believe these and any other superstition. Good for me ….. or not? hahhhaha ^ _ ^

    • Don’t sing in the kitchen…I grew up with something similar from my British mother, except it was don’t sing at the dinner table or you’ll marry a crazy person. XD

    • wow… i’ll marry a really old person then… i sing so much in the kitchen while cooking, its ridiculous…

      • i sing and dance in the kitchen (what happens if you dance in the kitchen? a bear is going to kill you?) really often. I gonna marry an old man woohoo LOL.

    • We also have the eyelash wish thing in England! I do that :D

    • Most of are similar to my country. Btw i am from Bangladesh. Well i was born there.

    • My mom is Filipino and she’s always on me about nail clipping at night! Being a smartass, I would reply “What about people in Alaska? Do they just not clip their nails for a whole month during the winter?” Based on the rules of superstition logic, she was unmoved… Other Filipino superstitions (among the many I can’t remember): If you drop a fork, you’re going to have company. Also, if you clip a lock of your babies first hair and stick it in a book, they’ll grow up to be smart…

      • In my culture, if you have a fire going (like with wood and stuff like that) and you start hearing popping sounds from the fire you’re going to be having company. Though, I must say that this happened to us once and no one came to viisit.

      • I’m Filipino too and my parents ALSO nag me about nail clipping at night!! == My parents have also told me about dropping your fork, but my parents say that if you drop your fork there will be a male visitor and if you drop your spoon there will be a female xD

      • Don’t know how Russia is similar to the Philippines, but we also have almost the same superstition about a dropped fork :) But here we have sort of more complicated system: if you drop a fork or a spoon, a woman will come to your house (because ‘fork’ and ‘spoon’ are feminine nouns), and if you drop a knife – a man will come (‘knife’ is a masculine noun). :)))

      • My mom used to say: if you drop a fork, a woman will visit, if you drop a knife it will be a man and if it’s a spoon, then it’s a child; if you drop all three, you get a whole family!”

      • In the US if a broom falls you are going to have company (not wanted).

    • don’t clip ur toe nail at night is also japanese superstition, it causes u cannot be with your parent when they died… References google and XXXHolic lol… but really XXXhollic is the best manga about superstition ^-^b

    • the first three ones are the same for korea, except the consequences are not the same!

    • To add to this, somewhat similar but not, what I heard was:

      1. If you open your umbrella in the house, you’re inviting a snake to come in.

      2. If you have food/food residue when you go to sleep, you’ll dream of being chased by a tiger.

      It happened to me a number of times, though for me it’s not a tiger so much as I’m being chased by something that I can’t see in this jungle like place – think Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Otherside mv – loves that song btw, except the jungle are much denser and the trees has less branches. I’m running the whole time in the dream and when I woke up, I feel exhausted)

      3. If your eyelash falls, that means someone is missing you.

      4. If you don’t finish your food, it will cry at night.
      This one was told by my grandmama, a very effective way of making me finish my food to every last bit of rice. Not so much that it’s scary as it got me teary thinking of the little bits of rice in dustbin at night all lonely with only their thin keening crying voice to be heard. The thought of leaving leftover food and throwing them away when I’ve taken them onto my plate still feels very wrong to me to this day.

      5. Don’t swing your legs if you’re sitting or you’ll marry an old man.

      Some others I know of is similar to Chinese superstitions.

      1. If you bite your tongue it means someone is talking bad about you.

      2. If your left eye twitch continuously, it foreshadows something bad. If it’s the right eye, then something good.

    • Romantic Roulette

      LOL, I sing in the kitchen, and my Fiancé is 9 years older than I am :3

    • Lol I eat chicken neck all the time!!!! I’m gonna pay extra attention on my wedding day now LOL. :)

    • POOR MOMS!!!!! what did they do to get this!!! lol

    • The itching right/left hand and the eyelash falling works here in Brazil too xD

    • Haha, does Malaysia have something against mothers? lol

    • “Dont sing in the kitchen You’ll get an old man for a husband” => Well that sure works out differently if you’re a Disney Princess! ;)

    • Amity Rupe

      Yikes! So much mom death! I know it’s all BS though, cuz i’ve done a couple of those things once or twice before and my mom hasn’t died. Plus, doesn’t EVERYONE end up dying? LOL :)

  468. Latvians have a ton of traditional superstitions. Don’t say goodbye while standing in doors, you may never meet again. Don’t wipe the table with your bare hand. Don’t sit at the corner of a table, because then you won’t marry for seven years. Don’t put your bag directly on the ground. If you hear a cuckoo and don’t have any money on you, you will be poor. Don’t leave a book open or devil will read it (this used to terrify me as a kid). Don’t whistle in house and sing at the table (no idea about those). And so on. Probably a lot of them are international ones.

    Oh, but the one I love is: never give a person an even number of flowers. Since even numbers are associated with death, you can only bring an even number of flowers to a funeral. Giving someone an even number of flowers implies you want them dead. So if you buy a dozen roses, take one out.

    • we have the same ones in Lithuania (neighbor countries are ought to have some things in common ;3) except for the one with the book and the devil. I’ve never heard of that one. and as for the flowers, this works only until 5. 2, 4=given to dead people. 6,8,10, etc= dead Or living. it no longer matters. ^w^

    • Oh! In Poland it’s quite similar with the flowers! But here we either give uneven number or a multiple of 3. So you CAN give a dozen because it’s 4×3.

    • So I’m really curious now – do Latvians have all round tables?

    • about the even number of flowers we have it in Romania as well but I saw in k dramas that the guy gives the girl a lot of the times 2 flowers wrapped individually
      at first i was really shocked but than I learned that they don’t care about such superstitions so…. I’m not sure how to feel about it know

    • we have the same superstition about the flowers in georgia.
      it might be the only superstition that I believe

  469. Hi!!! About High heelscut be. Here in Perú, when you dream with a pair of new shiny shoes you goint to get a new lover!!! O_o
    In Perú and Spain and all latinamerican countries think the rain in your weading it’s a very lucky weading!!! awww!!!

  470. in my country if you say smth together at the same time you have to knock something wooden three times and say “my luck” .

  471. There’s a few superstition from where I am (Malaysia) mostly based on Chinese culture:
    1. Don’t ever sweep the floor during the 1st day of Chinese New Year. If you do, it means you sweep all the good luck away.
    2. Don’t cut your nails at night.
    3. Houses which faces a junction are bad luck.
    4. Number 8 is good luck because in Chinese, it sounds like the word “Prosperity (Fatt)”.
    5. If you comb your hair or peel an apple without breaking the peel in front of the mirror at midnight sharp, you might see your soul mate. If the apple peel that you were peeling breaks off, you might see a ghost instead.

    They are actually still practiced here except no.5. Korean’s superstition of ’4′ is also the same here. The buildings will have 1, 2, 3, 3a, 5 and so on. LOL. But in Korean, ’4′ pronounced as ‘sa’ actually means death, no?

  472. In México you aRen’t supposed to wearing Pearls on your wedding, becacause it means tears in your marriage : P and sweeping at night means bad luck xD I think there’s a lot more ridiculous things like if you see a black butterfly or dream of teeth, someone will die:P

  473. Well In Germany nowadays you ought to say sorry if you sneeze. But many people still say this bless you thing. But in Germany it’s not Bless you but “Gesundheit” which means health and it comes from the time in idk middle age or something when many diseases made there way and basically people said “gesundheit” as being some kind of pray for themselves so they won’t get the sickness which made the other one sneeze. That’s way many people don’t say “gesundheit” anymore if someone sneezes. The ones that do don’t really know where that came from i guess.

    • Sorry, I’m a little curious, why is it bad to use ‘gesundheit’ nowadays? (You didn’t say ‘bad’, but it kind of reads that way with the added note of people not knowing where it came from.)
      I’m from the U.S. and I’m Catholic, so I usually say ‘God bless you’ or ‘bless you’. The two reasons I was taught were that the soul was believed to be escaping, so blessing the person prevented that. And, similar to yours, it had to do with being sick. But instead of being a way to prevent the sayer from being sick it was a way of praying that the person sneezing didn’t have a serious illness, like the bubonic plague.

      • Well because of the reason “gesundheit” came from it is seen as not necessary to say it anymore. Well seen as in being polite you don’t need to say it, rather the one sneezing should apologize (which is think is pretty stupid). Gesundheit just means health and not wishing health to the other so i guess that is why you don’t really say it anymore. I hear old people saying “Gesundheit wünsche ich dir” which means “I wish you health” but nowadays people don’t say anything like that anymore (i still do though and I’m not even old OTL)

        • AudreyKoopman

          Oh, ok. That makes more sense. Thanks for explaining!
          (I’ve heard about some places thinking you should apologize for sneezing. Like you said, I think it is pretty stupid. You can’t help it when you sneeze lol.)

        • I think it is ridiculous to apologize for sneezing. I mean normally you can’t help but sneeze so i guess there shouldn’t be made such a big deal out of it.

  474. Then what if you dream that your classmates cooks your $90 socks in curry ?
    Or that you’re trying to eat a 3 year old kid named sean -.- ?
    If there is a superstition to those….. i would very like to know -.-

    Umm also… o.o Im pretty sure baka is stupid or idiot or fool or stuff like that o.o

  475. When I was visiting my grandma in Malaysia, she kept nagging at me because I like taking showers at night. She says that it’s bad luck to take a shower at night because you’d get sick, especially if you’re married. I showered every night anyway because Malaysia is humid and feeling clean makes me sleep better! I didn’t get sick either.

  476. I always think about this cartoon short when it comes to Fan Death. xD

    My God-daughter’s birthdate is 4-4-04… She’s born to have bad luck. LoL

    And I think I’ve heard that if it rains on your wedding day, it’s “good luck” in the sense that the couple will be having children in the near future.

  477. I just tried to remember some Lithuanian superstitions.

    1.spiders bring money into your household (if you find a spidy in you home DO NOT SQUASH IT!!! I use this one to stop others from killing those sweet animals)
    2. Never walk underneath a ladder or hold your fingers crossed if you Hate to pass under them
    3.do not throw any kind of crunches away. that will bring you bad luck (better give them to birds or fish or sth)
    4.if someone from your family or friends leaves on a trip or sth do not even think of cleaning your home. that might make them leave for good.
    5.never thank for the luck. (if someone says “good luck” while you’re going to take an exam or to apply for a job, do not thank them) your luck might run away
    6.If a fork falls off a table, you’ll have some female guests, if a knife-some male ones XD
    7.if a spider is crawling on you your wishes (those you had before you noticed it) will come true

    8.if you dream that you’ve lost your teeth- someone will die.

    I know many times more, but i guess these will be enough for now.
    I wonder if these superstitions are also present in other countries?

  478. Hmmm, answering your question from the video, the only portuguese superstition I can really remember right now (besides all the common ones like walking under ladders, seeing black cats or breaking mirrors) is that, supposedly, if you leave an handbag laying on the floor it will “slow your life down”. One of my best friend’s mother told me that when I came over one time and left my handbag sitting on the floor – she was horrified and told me at once to put it on the sofa or the table. I’m sure there are more (and also funnier) superstitions around here but this is all I can remember right now. I might ask a Brazilian friend of mine if there are any peculiar uncommon superstitions in Brazil too, tomorrow :D

  479. There’s the whole don’t walk over ladders, don’t walk past a place is a black cat crossed your path, throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it or whatever, don’t step on cracks, don’t eat green potato chips, and a ton of others. How can a person POSSIBLY walk anywhere in the city with all these rules???

    “If 13 is an unlucky number, the letter B should be too! It’s just a scrunched together 13!
    ‘What’s your name?’
    ‘Get the $#^! away!’
    If you’re on the 13th floor jump out the window and you will die earlier!” -Mitch Hedberg

  480. We have a lot of those “general” superstitions in Poland; breaking the mirror, opening umbrella, black cat crossing your way and number 13. We also have others! Like for example walking under a ladder brings bad luck. And if you see a chimney-sweeper you need to grab your button and hold it until you see someone wearing glasses… xD it brings good luck! Also seeing a flying stork is good luck. Just standing on the field… not really, can be bad luck even.
    What else… on New Years Eve you’re supposed to wear red lingerie. xD But it comes often~ You should also wear it for your exams and prom. And if you have a small, new born baby, you should tie somewhere near him a red ribbon. It’s to repel “the bad eye”; if someone looks with jealousy or wishing something bad to happen to the baby, the red ribbon will protect him.
    If you spill some salt you need to throw it behind you through your left arm “to blind the devil”. He is supposed to lurking from behind you and you can blind him with the salt.
    And you shouldn’t swing your legs while sitting because it’s devil swinging on your legs!
    Oh! And there is also very old myth about small domestic spirits called “ubożątka”. They take care of the house. Before you go out, you need to sit for a moment because they like to sit on people’s feet and grab the ends of trousers. So they need time to get off before you go out anywhere~ otherwise they will fall off somewhere outside and won’t be able to find their way back home! People used to leave milk for them in a corner of the kitchen.
    And that’s also were another superstition came from! That if you went out but forgot something from the house and you need to go back, you have to sit down for a moment before going out again.
    Personally I really, really like that one abut “ubożątka”. I think it’s really cute~

    • In Lithuania you have to Touch the chimney-sweeper if you want to have good luck XD
      and as for storks, when we see a flying one, before it lands, to get good luck and to avoid bad one, we have to sing this little song “stork, stork, gagagaga (a sound that storks make XD), your wife is a witch, she went out for some wood but returned without nails” (gandre gandre gagagaga, tavo pati ragana, ishvaziavo zagaru, parvaziavo be nagu)

      • Poor chimney-sweepers~ xP so do people actually chase them around on the streets? xD Because you can literally see everyone in PL grabbing their buttons! And if you don’t have buttons on your outfit, you grab your friend’s button. xD

        • honestly I’ve never seen one! (besides my dad, when he cleans our own chimney, but it’s not his profession so it doesn’t rly count XD)

        • Oh~ In Poland you can see them quite often. Also after New Year they come to people’s houses and sell calendars~ xDDD for good luck!

        • Dagmara Kołakowska

          I have a theory that we see a lot of chimney-sweepers in Poland because they wear distinctive clothing.You wouldn’t do that if you were a chimney-sweeper in Lithuania – that is unless you want every passing pedestrian to touch you xD

    • I’m from Poland but I’ve never heard about devils swinging on people’s
      legs xD But I’ve got another superstition – if you walk under road sign
      you will never get married. But Polish don’t treat superstitions
      seriously, I don’t know anyone who belive in black cats or broken
      mirrors ;)

      • You didn’t? xD My grandma always told me that when I was a kid…
        Oh! Have you heard about not killing spiders? It’s supposed come from a legend about spiders protecting Czestochowa’s Mother of God. Some robbers wanted to attack her and she hid in a cave, the spiders made tick web in the entry so the robbers couldn’t get in after her~ so that way they protected her! That’s why you can’t kill spiders. xD
        And there is an old saying that if ther