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  Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother's Back   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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We all grew up with the common knowledge that certain actions caused bad luck, or guaranteed good fortune. Here are a few examples; how many can you remember?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Reamar42, Jan 16 24
Very Easy
Reamar42 gold member
Jan 16 24
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Believe It or Dont
  Believe It or Don't   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
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All of the superstitions in this quiz are fairly well-known. Good luck!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, PootyPootwell, Feb 25 22
Very Easy
PootyPootwell gold member
Feb 25 22
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  Do You Feel Lucky?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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I hope you do feel lucky because my luck has been awful lately. Please help me change it by playing this quiz on popular superstitions.
Average, 10 Qns, StarStruck60, Jan 17 24
Jan 17 24
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  Animal Superstitions - Part 1   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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You know all about ladders, black cats and broken mirrors, but what about some of these lesser known superstitions regarding animals?
Average, 10 Qns, skunkee, May 20 11
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  Animal Superstitions - Part 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Did you know that the way to get rid of whooping cough is to inhale the breath of a horse? These questions deal with other 'cures' that people once believed could be obtained from our animal friends.
Average, 10 Qns, skunkee, Mar 26 04
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  Superstitions Test Your Knowledge   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Do you find yourself knocking on wood for good measure? How about ladders? Do you walk around them rather than walk under them? Now try your hand at these superstitions.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, nmerr, Mar 14 21
Very Easy
nmerr gold member
Mar 14 21
4269 plays
  Superstitions Test   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Some of these may be just weird southern Missouri or northern Arkansas things.
Average, 10 Qns, BluGolden, May 14 21
May 14 21
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  Not An Ordinary Quiz On Superstitions!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Some superstitions have multiple origins; others have lost theirs over time. So, I've listed some updated facts about the subjects of the old sayings, instead of the origins. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, oh-Kay, Nov 26 23
Nov 26 23
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Step on a Crack
  Step on a Crack   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
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Remember the saying "Step on a crack, break your mothers back"? Or something along that line. This is a quiz about some of these superstitions and beliefs. In many instances that exact origin of the superstition cannot be proven.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Mar 21 23
Mar 21 23
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  Household Objects And Superstition   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Superstitions are attached to almost every aspect of life. Here is a quiz on superstitions connected to everyday household objects and activities.
Difficult, 10 Qns, gretas, Jan 07 06
8409 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Most people know it's bad luck to say 'Macbeth' in a theatre. How do most people refer to it if they need to?

From Quiz "Superstitions of the Theatre"

  Animal Superstitions - Part 3   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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You know all about ladders, black cats and broken mirrors, but what about some of these lesser known superstitions regarding animals?
Average, 10 Qns, skunkee, Mar 10 11
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7754 plays
  Sailor Superstitions   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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"What the sea wants, the sea will have." Many sailors were so in awe of the ocean, they never bothered to learn to swim. Can you answer these questions about maritime superstitions?
Difficult, 10 Qns, Czolgolz, Mar 18 15
6145 plays
  Little Miss Lucky   top quiz  
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My friend Little Miss Lucky was telling me about some of the things that people around the world think bring good luck. How many of these things have you heard of?
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Feb 25 22
Feb 25 22
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  Theatrical Superstitions   top quiz  
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Theater people are a superstitious lot. Maybe it has something to do with the fear of screwing up in front of a large audience. At any rate, see if you know your theater lore.
Tough, 10 Qns, Czolgolz, Apr 18 09
4840 plays
  Ooh Err! International Superstitions!   great trivia quiz  
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For our thirteenth team quiz, The Internationals are taking a look at superstitions around the world. Break a leg!
Average, 10 Qns, Upstart3, Oct 23 17
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Oct 23 17
509 plays
  Me and My Every Day Bad Luck   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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I'm a not-so-lucky kind of guy. This is a quiz on a few of the simplest superstitions I run into on my day to day routine. Can you name them?
Easier, 10 Qns, vampyrbite, Nov 18 22
Nov 18 22
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  Black Cat Superstitions   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Miaow! Depending on which part of the world from which you spring, black cats can either mean good or bad luck. Here are ten interesting superstitions regarding same.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 22 17
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  As Luck Would Have It   popular trivia quiz  
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This is a quiz about things that have been considered either lucky or unlucky at various times by groups of people. Do you feel lucky? Then play this quiz!
Easier, 10 Qns, daver852, Apr 08 15
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722 plays
  Cats And Superstition   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Cats are ancient, mystical, infinitely fascinating creatures. Superstitions relating to them abound! Here is a quiz on some of the more common superstitions regarding felines.
Difficult, 10 Qns, gretas, Mar 18 05
5865 plays
  Religious Superstitions   great trivia quiz  
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These are a few superstitions that have become associated with religion over time, but particularly so around the celebration of Easter.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Aug 07 10
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  Chinese Superstitions   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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A few questions on superstitions and traditions for those of you interested in Chinese culture.
Tough, 10 Qns, chenhailun, Oct 31 13
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  Superstitions of the Sea   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Let's look at some common superstitions believed by many sailors around the world.
Average, 10 Qns, wjames, Feb 20 14
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  Superstitions Around the World    
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I've had a lot of fun looking up these strange and unusual superstitions from around the world. I hope you have as much fun taking the quiz. Because many of these superstitions are so unusual, hints have been provided.
Average, 10 Qns, OldManJack, Feb 25 20
OldManJack gold member
Feb 25 20
366 plays
  Superstitions of the Theatre    
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Most theatre people are very superstitious. Here is a quiz on a few of those superstitions!
Average, 5 Qns, Morrigan716, Jun 16 15
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  A World of Superstition    
Multiple Choice
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Do you know why you can't open an umbrella inside a house in China, or why it is not advised to put your shoes on an English table? This quiz will take you on a superstition tour around the world.
Tough, 10 Qns, jaye, Mar 31 20
Mar 31 20
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  The Body Superstitious   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Our bodies are hotbeds of superstition, and this quiz addresses some of them. Most come from the Celtic and Anglo traditions, and can be found in "A Dictionary Of Superstitions," edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem.
Difficult, 10 Qns, gretas, Jul 26 05
2135 plays
  Interesting Superstitions    
Multiple Choice
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Some superstitions are well known, like passing under a ladder and seeing a black cat. However, there exist superstitions that aren't followed anymore. Have fun trying to guess them.
Very Difficult, 20 Qns, arienrhod, Mar 21 01
Very Difficult
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  Superstitions of the Circus!    
Multiple Choice
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This quiz is all about circus superstitions!
Average, 10 Qns, PetRocksRule, Apr 20 14
2210 plays
  Superstitions Multiple Choice Quiz    
Multiple Choice
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A black cat crosses your path, you walk under a ladder and then you break a mirror. What does this all mean? Are you superstitious? Find out how much you really know about superstitions!
Difficult, 20 Qns, littleone522, Aug 27 10
5422 plays
  Death Superstitions    
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Growing up in New England I think I have heard of every superstition and old wives tale that there is. Now lets see how many you know.
Difficult, 10 Qns, barbara938, Jun 24 06
3497 plays
  Amazing Indian Superstitions    
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India is a country in the developing world. Many old wives' tales and superstitions still exist in modern India. Play along to get to know some of them.
Difficult, 10 Qns, HappyMary, Apr 10 16
218 plays
  A-O of Mixed Superstitions    
Multiple Choice
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A selection of obscure and not so obscure superstitions - get out your four leaf clover and have a go.
Difficult, 15 Qns, Debbie39, Aug 24 03
1627 plays

Superstitions Trivia Questions

1. A common superstition that incurs misfortune concerns the use or preparation for use of which foul-weather accessory?

From Quiz
Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother's Back

Answer: An umbrella

Opening an umbrella indoors has been a cause of bad luck since ancient times. In Ancient Egypt, umbrellas were used to protect the pharaoh from the sun, so opening one inside was a misuse of that protection and could lead to dire consequences. The Victorians kept the belief, but added the more practical observation that opening an umbrella indoors could damage the home and it's contents.

2. In Turkey, it is believed that if your right hand is itching, then unexpected money will come to you in the near future. But what does it mean if your left hand is itching?

From Quiz Superstitions Around the World

Answer: You may possibly lose money

There are many superstitions that involve differences between the left and the right. Usually the right side of the body is good, and the left side of the body is bad. Turks believe that almost everything should be done or started with the right hand because the left hand is a sign of bad luck. That could be why you are advised to start your day off "right".

3. The Irish have a reservation about the superstition of a black cat crossing your path by moonlight. What event has to be happening for it to mean death?

From Quiz Black Cat Superstitions

Answer: The plague

A black cat crossing one's path in that lovely land can only mean bad luck if two conditions are present - if it crosses in moonlight, and if there's a plague in the vicinity. Should these two conditions be present, then it surely means death. Otherwise though, it doesn't say what happens at all. One presumes the people go on their merry way and get home safely. It does, though, seem like a rather clever way of keeping people indoors and out of harm's way should a plague strike the local area.

4. Cricket spectators between 1981 and 2005 may have observed a portly white haired umpire superstitiously hopping on one leg when the scoreboard was on 111. Not a "victory" omen, what name does this unlucky number have in cricket circles?

From Quiz Ooh Err! International Superstitions!

Answer: Nelson

David Shepherd had a successful career from 1965-1979 as a hard-hitting batsman for Gloucestershire. He was always on the chunky side, and resisted attempts at fitness training - the county once booked him into a health farm for a week where he contrived to lose one ounce. As an umpire, he had a long and distinguished career at the highest level - officiating at 92 test matches. He caused considerable mirth by his habit of always raising a leg off the ground and hopping about when the score was 111 or multiples of that number. The score of 111 is the subject of great superstition in cricket circles. Statisticians have pooh-poohed it, but supposedly it is a score on which wickets are likely to fall. Why is it called "Nelson"? The origins of the name are unknown - perhaps a reference to the famous English admiral's loss of body parts, or perhaps to the New Zealand cricket team by that name which had scores of 111 in both its first and last first class matches. Why should 111 be unlucky? Perhaps because it looks like the three stumps of a cricket wicket with no bails, showing that a batsman had been bowled? A strange event happened in a test match between South Africa and Australia in 2011, where "peak Nelson" was reached. With South Africa needing 111 runs to win at exactly 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2011, and the scoreboard reading 11:11 11/11/11, the crowd and umpires stood on one leg as a tribute to the great Shep. Shepherd's superstitious nature went beyond Nelson. On Friday 13th he would tie a matchstick to his finger so that he was touching wood all day. (Question by Upstart3)

5. In India, which days of the week are considered auspicious and inauspicious, respectively?

From Quiz Amazing Indian Superstitions

Answer: Thursday and Saturday

Thursday is considered auspicious, because on Thursday the goddess Lakshmi is said to reside over the earth. Girls born on Thursday are said to bring good luck as they are thought to be a gift from Lakshmi. Saturday is considered inauspicious because in most Indian languages, Saturday is called 'Shanivaar', which means 'the day of Shani', where 'Shani' refers to the Hindu god of bad luck.

6. Which Biblical name denotes an unlucky person aboard a ship?

From Quiz Superstitions of the Sea

Answer: Jonah

According to the Bible, God ordered Jonah to go to Nineveh to save the wicked people there; Jonah tried to duck out by sailing in the opposite direction to Tarshish. The Lord sent a storm and Jonah was found to be the cause, whereupon his shipmates tossed him overboard. It's pretty obvious how Jonah's name became attached to all those who bring bad luck, at sea and on land.

7. A ship that sails on which Easter day is considered to have bad luck?

From Quiz Religious Superstitions

Answer: Good Friday

This was especially so for fishermen. Sailors also believed that taking a piece of hot cross bun with them on fishing expeditions would protect them from shipwreck.

8. Which day of the week is considered the most unlucky to launch a voyage?

From Quiz Sailor Superstitions

Answer: Friday

Friday has always been an ill-omened day, since that was when Christ was crucified. According to one of the legends, the Royal Navy once tried to put an end to this superstition.

9. Actors all love a chance to perform Shakespeare. There is one play by the Bard, however, that must never be mentioned in any theater, except while actually performing it. What is the name of this most unlucky play?

From Quiz Theatrical Superstitions

Answer: Macbeth

The very mention of the name of this play can bring calamity to a production. Actors only refer to it as 'The Scottish play'. Speaking lines of dialogue, especially the witches' parts, is especially dangerous. There are several ways to 'undo' this bad luck, such as spitting, turning around three times, or leaving the theater and knocking to be let back in. Purists, however, will insist on the one true remedy: the offender must be punched in the face hard enough to draw blood.

10. It's a late September evening and just as you settle down in your favourite chair in front of the fireplace with a glass of sherry in hand, your cat enters the room and sits down with her back to the flames. What does her choice of position portend?

From Quiz Cats And Superstition

Answer: a frost

Cats, like most animals, are keenly attuned to fluctuations in the weather and other earth-related activity. This particular superstition appears in the pages of "A Dictionary of Superstitions", edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem.

11. Why would you want to hang something black over your bee hive? (The colour is a clue.)

From Quiz Animal Superstitions - Part 1

Answer: to let your bees know about a death in your family

Apparently there is a strong bond between bees and their keepers, and if you fail to do this, your bees will leave the hive and not produce any more honey for you. There are many other superstitions surrounding bees, the most interesting one being that bees will attack adulterers, while a woman who is untouched by man may walk among them without being stung.

12. According to an old English belief, if you hang the dried skin of an adder in the rafters or hearth of your house it will ensure:

From Quiz A-O of Mixed Superstitions

Answer: that your house will not burn down

If you kill the first adder you see in spring, your enemies are doomed, but to allow it to live will ensure your own bad luck.

13. In the Circus, whenever one accident happens, it is believed that ____ more will follow.

From Quiz Superstitions of the Circus!

Answer: Two

For some strange reason, people used to (and some still do today) believe that accidents would always come in threes.

14. Walking under a ladder is not advisable. But if you do have to walk underneath one, how do you protect yourself from danger in Western Europe?

From Quiz A World of Superstition

Answer: by spitting on your shoes and not looking back until the saliva has dried

In ancient Egypt the ladder was a sacred symbol. The Death would use it to travel to heaven, while the gods would use it to descend on Earth. Walking underneath a ladder was therefore strictly forbidden. A more common sense explanation is that the ladder in combination with the ground and the wall forms a triangle, and the triangle is a symbol of danger (traffic signs that indicate a danger are always in the form of a triangle).

15. Most people know it's bad luck to say 'Macbeth' in a theatre. How do most people refer to it if they need to?

From Quiz Superstitions of the Theatre

Answer: The Scottish play

Because 'Macbeth' is a tragic play it is supposed to bring bad luck to mention the name in the theatre unless you are performing or rehearsing the actual play. Or if it's mentioned in another play, that's okay too. I know from experience never to say it in the theatre!

16. Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of {all;} Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for ____________!

From Quiz Superstitions

Answer: no luck at all

17. According to tradition, this item is used to predict the weather. It is kept beside the front door, will shrivel up when it's going to be warm and becomes moist when it's going to rain. What is it?

From Quiz Interesting Superstitions

Answer: seaweed

18. In the USA, this animal crossing your path means bad luck. Which creature is it?

From Quiz Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother's Back

Answer: Black cat

In the United States, having a black cat cross your path is definitely a sign of bad luck. The origins of this superstition are unclear, as cats, and black ones in particular, are considered good luck in other cultures. However, if you find yourself in the USA and a black cat walks in front of you, simply turn around and take another way to your destination.

19. In Mexico it is believed to be very bad luck to place two mirrors opposite each other so that they generate infinite reflections of each other. What do they fear will happen? It is wise to be careful who, or what, you invite into your home.

From Quiz Superstitions Around the World

Answer: You will open a pathway to the devil

I tried it at home, but nothing showed up. This is known as an example of the Droste Effect where an image depicts a smaller version of itself, which in turn shows an even smaller image of itself, and so on and so on. It is named after a Dutch brand of cocoa that in 1904 designed a container with a picture on the outside of its container that contained a smaller image of the picture within the larger picture.

20. What happened on the day after the death of a black cat belonging to King Charles I of England?

From Quiz Black Cat Superstitions

Answer: He was arrested

King Charles I (1600-1649) was the monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649. That was the consequence of his falling out with Parliament over their attempts to restrain him and his equally determined belief in his divine right to do as he jolly well pleased - and nary the twain did meet. The royal head of Charles bid farewell to his body on the 30th January, 1649. While he lived, however, the king had a pet black cat that he valued greatly, so much so that he had guards protect it 24 hours a day. Whether this was out of love or superstition is unknown, but what is known is that the day after the little moggy finally died, the king was arrested, subsequently put on trial, and, disgracefully, executed.

21. Hindu astrology believes that those born under the influence of Mars (called Mangal Dosh) will have an unhappy marriage which will end in divorce or death. What are these people called?

From Quiz Ooh Err! International Superstitions!

Answer: Manglik

Mangliks are discouraged from marrying non-Mangliks, but the negative effects are believed to cancel out if they marry other Mangliks. India has a culture of astrological compatibility, and even today, mostly in rural areas, people can be ostracized or disowned if they marry someone who is not astrologically compatible with them. (Question by lordingtar)

22. In a tradition that is surprisingly widespread, carrying the severed foot of what animal is supposed to bring good luck?

From Quiz As Luck Would Have It

Answer: Rabbit

The tradition of carrying a rabbit's foot for good luck is so ancient and so widespread that scholars cannot agree on its origin. It is often alleged that the custom was introduced into the United States by slaves brought from Africa, but there are references to carrying a rabbit's foot for luck in Europe that predate the African slave trade. It is even considered a good luck charm in China. In the United States, the left hind foot of the animal is favored; depending on where you live, there may be requirements that the rabbit be killed in a cemetery, or at the time of the full moon, etc., to ensure good luck.

23. When making a wish, what body part is crossed in order to ensure that the wish is granted?

From Quiz Superstitions

Answer: fingers

According to the superstition, bad luck is trapped at the point where the fingers are crossed, thereby allowing good luck to happen. "I'll keep my fingers crossed" is said in response to someone who is hoping for a positive outcome.

24. On my way out the front door, I carefully avoid walking under something that my wife has been using to paint our living room walls. What have I escaped bad luck from this time?

From Quiz Me and My Every Day Bad Luck

Answer: a ladder

It is said to be bad luck to walk under an open ladder. This superstition can be traced back to medieval Europe.

25. For many years, members of which occupation believed that being followed by an albatross was good luck?

From Quiz Little Miss Lucky

Answer: Sailors

In the past, sailors believed that seeing an albatross was a sign of good luck. This may have come about in the early days of navigation, when seeing any bird meant that landfall was getting close. Sailors were unaware that an albatross could stay aloft over the ocean for years without ever touching land. They are even able to sleep while they fly. This symbolism changed after the publication in 1798 of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". In this poem a young sailor shoots an albatross and his teammates force him to wear the dead bird around his neck to atone for his actions. After many and varied tragedies befall the ship, everyone on the ships dies except the sailor with the bird around his neck. Since the publication of this poem, opinions have varied as to whether having an albatross follow you is good luck or bad luck.

26. If a child is born on Good Friday and baptised on Easter Sunday, with which gift is this child believed to be endowed?

From Quiz Religious Superstitions

Answer: The gift of healing

Jesus, in many forms of literature, is associated with light, and in religious literature, with healing and the associated gift of life. Because he gave his life so that all may live, ie he healed mankind of its sins, a child born on this day was also believed to have healing gifts. In some parts of Europe, however, it was believed a child born on Good Friday was born with bad luck. The baptism on the Easter Sunday offset this.

27. Many passengers are considered unlucky. A captain should think twice before allowing any Finns, women, or redheads on board. Clergymen are also bad news. Why?

From Quiz Sailor Superstitions

Answer: Clergymen are all descendants of Jonah, the original bad luck passenger.

Jonah was a biblical prophet who tried to flee from his holy mission by sailing to Iberia. A storm overtook the vessel, and the sailors were forced to throw Jonah overboard in order to save the ship. 'Jonah' now comes to mean any bad luck passenger or crewman. Anyone suspected of being a Jonah was put ashore at the first port of call (if they were lucky).

28. Old time theater people will warn you against performing which action backstage?

From Quiz Theatrical Superstitions

Answer: Whistling

Actors take this one seriously. It comes from the old days of theater, when stagehands (many of them out of work sailors) would raise and lower scenery in response to a whistled cue. Randomly whistling backstage could result in an embarrassing or dangerous scene change at the wrong time.

29. What does it mean if you see a bat flying into the side of a building?

From Quiz Animal Superstitions - Part 1

Answer: that rain is on the way

Conversely, if you see bats playing around in the early evening, it's a sign of upcoming good weather. It is also believed by some that a bat flying three times around a house is an omen that there will be a death in the house.

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