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.Continue Reading
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 >
According to European folklore, the Tooth Fairy buries baby teeth in a garden or field outside the children's homes with the hope of new teeth growing back in their place. Additional theories on what the Tooth Fairy does with all the teeth include making jewelry, grinding the teeth into fairy dust and planting the teeth in her own garden.Full Answer >
The superstition about a person's ear ringing is that it means someone is talking about them. According to the superstition, if the left ear is ringing, someone the person knows is saying something good about them. If the right ear is ringing, someone is saying something bad about the person.Full Answer >
The saying, "If your ears are ringing, someone's talking about you" is not true. According to Health Guidance, this old wives' tale originated from the writings of Pliny. He mentioned this belief in his "Natural History," published around A.D. 77-79.Full Answer >