Many superstitious beliefs have a basis in practicality and logic, if not exact science. They were often practical solutions to something unsafe and eventually turned into superstitions with bad luck as the result. For example, opening an umbrella indoors is thought to be bad luck, but in Victorian England, unfurling a large metal spoke umbrella inside was easily a hazard to small children or fragile items.Know More
Another common superstition that does have basis in magical beliefs is that of walking beneath a ladder. The belief, which comes from Egyptian culture, is that a ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle and the triangle represented their gods. However, avoiding walking beneath a ladder also has plenty of practical application, as the person walking beneath it could easily knock it down.
Beginner's luck has a certain amount of scientific validity as it seems to reinforce the idea that gambling is ultimately about luck, and that professional gamblers spend so much time analyzing their choices that they end up losing anyway. Whereas the beginner is usually playing for fun and not putting effort into winning. A similar psychological superstition is bad luck coming in threes. After one piece of bad luck happens, the victim is likely to look harder for the next two pieces of bad luck.Learn more about Superstition
Geography is considered a science because it uses the scientific method and upholds scientific principles and logic. Inventions such as the compass, geographic information systems, global positioning systems and remote sensing would not have been possible without geography.Full Answer >
The "clown statue" story is an urban legend in which a murderer, a sex offender or a mentally disturbed person, depending on the version, pretends to be a clown statue in order to escape detection. Typically, the oldest person in the house is a female babysitter, who is watching small children.Full Answer >
Some traditional good luck charms include the shamrock, horseshoe, rabbit's foot, penny and rainbow. Additionally, some other traditional good luck charms are wishbones, acorns and goldfish.Full Answer >
While opinions vary, one belief is if a horseshoe is nailed over a doorway open end up, it brings good luck and serves as a container that holds in the luck. In this case, hanging a horseshoe with the two ends facing down lets the luck escape. Another story says that nailing a shoe with the ends pointing down spills the luck onto the people in the house.Full Answer >