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Quiz about Superstitions Around the World
Quiz about Superstitions Around the World

Superstitions Around the World Quiz


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.

A multiple-choice quiz by OldManJack. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
OldManJack
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
400,240
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
374
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Question 1 of 10
1. 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? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 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. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What is an animal that is considered to be very bad luck in the United States, but is considered very good luck if British or Irish sailors adopt it as a ship's pet? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In Egypt it is taboo to open and close scissors without cutting anything. What does the superstition fear will happen? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In Russia there is a superstition concerning what will happen to you if you get dive bombed by bird droppings. If it ever happens to you, immediately run out and buy a lotto ticket and let us know if the superstition is true. Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What do the Kikuyu of Kenya believe will happen if you see an owl or hear it hoot? This could be another good reason for staying out of the woods at night. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In India, there is a superstition involving one common activity that you should not engage in on Tuesdays. Michael Jordan need not concern himself about this one. What do you suppose it might be? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In Portugal it is considered to be bad luck to do this while you're out walking through the park. This one doesn't apply to kangaroos since they can't do it anyway. Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In Sweden it's considered bad luck to step on one of these that has an "A" on it. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In the Philippines, it is believed that wearing the color red during one particular wet weather condition could lead to your death. Which weather phenomena do you suppose it could be? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 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?

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".
2. 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.

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.
3. What is an animal that is considered to be very bad luck in the United States, but is considered very good luck if British or Irish sailors adopt it as a ship's pet?

Answer: Black cat

There could be some logic to this superstition. Cats kill rodents which can damage ropes and food stores on board the ship. But I don't think the color of the cat would have much to do with its rodent-catching ability. A 2017 study by a geneticist at the University of Leuven shows that the mitochondrial DNA of cats was spread through shipping lanes to medieval northern Europe, indicating that cats and ships have a long history together.
4. In Egypt it is taboo to open and close scissors without cutting anything. What does the superstition fear will happen?

Answer: You could cut airborne evil spirits

They believe that you could cut airborne evil spirits and they will be angered. It must be pretty tough to be a scissor sharpener in Egypt.
5. In Russia there is a superstition concerning what will happen to you if you get dive bombed by bird droppings. If it ever happens to you, immediately run out and buy a lotto ticket and let us know if the superstition is true.

Answer: It will bring you wealth

Russians may believe that it will bring you wealth, but in England it is believed that if you get bombed by a rook, it is very bad luck. Personally, I believe it is bad luck wherever it happens and whatever bird is the culprit.
6. What do the Kikuyu of Kenya believe will happen if you see an owl or hear it hoot? This could be another good reason for staying out of the woods at night.

Answer: Someone is going to die

The Kikuyu believed that owls were harbingers of death, sort of like banshees in Ireland. If you are a mouse, it is probably true.
7. In India, there is a superstition involving one common activity that you should not engage in on Tuesdays. Michael Jordan need not concern himself about this one. What do you suppose it might be?

Answer: Getting your hair cut

The belief is that on certain days special kinds of rays come out of the planets and these rays are harmful to our health. The most important part of our body is the brain, and the head which encases the brain is protected by hair. If the hair is cut on certain days, then these rays that emanate from the planets will have a more direct effect on us. Tuesday is the day of Mars and Mars resides in the blood, so you will be more susceptible to diseases of the blood if you cut your hair on Tuesdays. I guess folks like Telly Savalis and Michael Jordan better just wear a hat on Tuesdays. Preferably one made out of tinfoil.
8. In Portugal it is considered to be bad luck to do this while you're out walking through the park. This one doesn't apply to kangaroos since they can't do it anyway.

Answer: Walk backwards

The theory is that if you walk backwards, you are showing the devil which way you're going. I don't why the devil couldn't tell which way you're going when you're walking forwards, but that's the theory. There is an early church from the 1700s near me that has an adjacent cemetery where all the graves are marked with stones, but there is no writing on them.

It was believed that this would confuse the devil about who had died and would make it more likely that you would make it to heaven. No one has ever come back to tell us whether it worked for them or not. Oh, about the kangaroos - they can't hop backwards.
9. In Sweden it's considered bad luck to step on one of these that has an "A" on it.

Answer: Manhole cover

Stepping on a manhole cover with an "A" on it is bad luck because it stands for the word for heartbreak, but stepping on one with a "K" on it is considered to be good luck because it represents the Swedish word for "love". I wonder why they don't just make manhole covers without the letter "A" on them, sort of like here in the U.S. where we never mark the 13th floor in a building. That way, no one would ever have to worry about it and could walk around with their eyes glued on their cell phones like the rest of us do.
10. In the Philippines, it is believed that wearing the color red during one particular wet weather condition could lead to your death. Which weather phenomena do you suppose it could be?

Answer: Thunderstorms

The belief in the Philippines and in several other Asian countries is that wearing the color red will attract lightning. I suppose you could test that theory by wearing all red and strolling around in the rain, but I see no reason why you would want to tempt fate.
Source: Author OldManJack

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