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Fan Death and Korean Superstitions

April 4, 2013


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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!



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  1. 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.

    6 years ago
  2. 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 =/

    7 years ago
    • Wait, if a spoon falls, a woman will walk into the room and if a fork falls, a man.

      7 years ago
  3. 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.

    7 years ago
  4. 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.

    7 years ago
  5. 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.

    7 years ago
  6. 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.

    7 years ago
  7. 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).

    7 years ago
  8. 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.

    7 years ago
  9. 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.

    7 years ago
  10. 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? ^^

    7 years ago
  11. 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)

    7 years ago
  12. 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)

    7 years ago
  13. 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.

    7 years ago
    • 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.

      7 years ago
  14. 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)

    7 years ago
  15. 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

    7 years ago
  16. 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 ><

    7 years ago
  17. 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…

    7 years ago
  18. 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!

    7 years ago
  19. wait!? people DO care about opening up umbrellas indoors!! xP

    7 years ago
  20. 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.

    7 years ago
  21. 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.

    7 years ago
  22. Ren

    Where are you from?

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

    7 years ago
  24. 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.

    7 years ago
  25. 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*

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    7 years ago
    • I recently hear from my collegues that if you cut your hair on a full moon, it helps it grow. It´s the total opposite of what you said. Funny… And by the way, I´m from Portugal.

      7 years ago
  26. 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).

    7 years ago
  27. 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.

    7 years ago
    • 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 :)

      7 years ago
  28. Ren

    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? >_>

    7 years ago
  29. 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 ._.

    7 years ago
    • Ok, so nevermind if you stink, you must pass the test. I don’t like this one.

      7 years ago
  30. 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.

    7 years ago
  31. 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.

    7 years ago
  32. 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.

    7 years ago
  33. I guess u r from Greece

    7 years ago
    • Actually, no. I’m from Romania, but I guess this kind of superstitions are pretty international ^_^

      7 years ago
  34. 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

    7 years ago
  35. 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

    7 years ago
  36. 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.

    7 years ago
  37. 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.

    7 years ago
  38. 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.

    7 years ago
    • 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! :)

      7 years ago
      • 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.

        7 years ago
        • 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! :)

          7 years ago
  39. 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

    7 years ago
  40. 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…

    7 years ago