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Superstitions: Black Cats

Superstitions and stories around black cats vary from culture to culture. In Great Britain, Ireland, and Japan, black cats are actually a symbol of...

Superstitions: Ear Piercing Improves Eyesight

From the European Middle Ages, a superstitious belief that piercing one ear improved long-distance or failing vision, led to the practice among sailors and explorers....

Word Origins: Abracadabra

Now used in invocations by magicians and conjurers, the term “Abracadabra” was first mentioned in the writings of the Gnostic physician Quintus Serenus Scammonicus in the...

Superstitions: Friday the 13th

The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia - Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of...

Superstitions: Breaking a Mirror = Seven Years Back Luck

The superstition that a person will suffer seven years of bad luck if they break a mirror is one of the most widespread superstitions...

Origins: Break a Leg

“Break a leg” is a well-known expression in theatre which means “good luck.” It is typically said to actors and musicians before a performance....

Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish may not be what is commonly believed and there is no definitive origin of the well known phrase. Some...

The Origin of Abracadabra

Now used in invocations by magicians and conjurers, the term “Abracadabra” was first mentioned in the writings of the Gnostic physician Quintus Serenus Scammonicus in the...