Do you cross the street when you see a black cat? Do you scrupulously avoid walking underneath any type of ladder? Are you always looking at your feet in order to miss the cracks in the sidewalk? Did you get a feeling of profound dread the last time you broke a mirror?
Folklore from all around the world is rife with superstitions, some of them quite peculiar. Did you know that many Turkish people believe that if you chew gum after sunset, you’re actually chewing the flesh of the dead?
Did you know that if you give gloves as a present, you must also receive a gift in return, or both giver and recipient will be plagued with bad tidings?
If you pass a graveyard in Japan, be sure to tuck in your thumbs to protect your parents. The word for thumb in Japanese translates as “parent-finger,” and so by tucking it in when passing a graveyard or in the presence of a hearse, you protect your parents from death.
What do you call a flock of crows? Not a flock, a murder. That’s the term for a group of crows. Next time you see a murder of crows, count how many are there to determine your luck. “One’s bad, two’s luck, three’s health, four’s wealth, five’s sickness, six is death. More than six? A murder, I guess…
Got poo? In Russia, getting torpedoed by a pigeon – or any other kind of bird, is considered to be a sign of impending good fortune. The more the poo, the more the money. Show us the poo!
Why do we knock on wood? Anytime you acknowledge your good fortune, you’re thought to be tempting fate. Ancient peoples believed that good spirits lived in trees, and so by knocking on wood you’re calling on those spirits for protection.
Mirror, mirror. Some people believe that mirrors are capable of capturing your soul when you look into them. And if you break one, all of those captured souls will bring you bad fortune.
If superstitions rule your life, you might want to think twice about coming out to the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth this Friday the 13th!
Not only is it considered by many to be a very unlucky pairing of day and date, this Friday the 13th will also signal the rising of June’s full moon. From tales of werewolves and vampires to just plain old wives tales, the full moon carries a load of superstitious baggage all its own.
Many of those who work in police and emergency services will swear that a full moon brings much more activity than any other night, including a rise in crime rate and violence. Some believe that the full moon brings out inner madness in those who are susceptible. One thing is sure; a full moon means more light, so more people are likely to be out on the street, including more criminals who use the lunar glow to aid them in their nefarious activities.
Speaking of the moon, did you know the moon has “moonquakes” registering up to 5.5 on the Richter scale? They can last as long as 10 minutes, and according to NASA, cause the moon to “ring like a bell.”
Shadows on the moon are also darker than those on Earth, due to a lack of atmosphere. When taking those legendary first strolls on the moon’s surface, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found that whatever the sun did not shine upon directly was pitch black. Just stepping into a shadow caused them to lose sight of their own feet.
Party like it’s 2049
If you like creepy sensations, getting scared out of your wits and maybe even tempting fate just a little, come on out to Cutting Edge this Friday for a Full Moon Fearfest! We’ve got all the blood sucking vampires, brain-eating zombies and flesh-ripping werewolves you could ever ask for – and a whole lot more! Don’t miss this rare combination of Friday the 13th, the full moon and a rip-roaring, all-out Cutting Edge Haunted House throwdown. There won’t be another one until the year 2049! Buy tickets online with promo code “Friday” and receive $5 off!