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Superstitions

3.6
(20 votes)
12 questions
English
Superstitious beliefs from all around the world.
1

What is the name that can be applied to fear of Friday the 13th?

All of them

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Triskaidekaphobia

37% got this right

Possible source Norse myth 12 gods dine in Valhalla; uninvited Loki is 13th, causes Balder's death with mistletoe arrow.
2

In Italy, which number is considered unlucky?

0
17
99

56% got this right

In Roman numerals, 17 is XVII. One anagram for XVII is VIXI. In Latin, vixi means “I have lived,” death being implied.
3

What is the name of the superstition that says that it is bad luck to kill a black cat?

Gatto nero

All of them

Felixophobia

Melanophobia

Hard  32% got this right

In Western cultures, black cats symbolise Halloween, witchcraft, and are seen as evil omens or witch familiars.
4

What is the play that actors refer to as 'The Scottish Play' to avoid saying the name as it is supposed to be unlucky.

Macbeth

66% got this right

When theatre tickets didn't sell, owners replaced shows with the popular Macbeth, leading to its "cursed" reputation.
5

In some cultures, what is considered to bring 7 years of bad luck?

Breaking a mirror

Opening an umbrella indoors

Stepping on a crack

Walking under a ladder

70% got this right

In both ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, reflected images were thought to have mysterious powers.
6

In Turkey, which of the following is believed to bring bad luck?

Chewing gum at night

Dancing in the rain

Singing at sunrise

Whistling at the moon

Hard  10% got this right

According to a Turkish legend, when a person chews gum at night, it turns into the flesh of the dead.
7

In which country is it considered bad luck to give a gift of four?

All of them

China

Japan

Korea

Hard  19% got this right

The Japanese word for four is pronounced the same as the word for "death"
8

In the Isle of Man what creature do you not name by its usual name and instead call a 'longtail'.

Rat

43% got this right

This is a relatively modern superstition.
9

Which bird is considered a symbol of death in many cultures?

Raven

Owl

Pigeon

Sparrow

73% got this right

In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the God of prophecy and were the gods' messenger to mortals.
10

In Japan, sleeping with your head facing which direction is considered bad luck?

North

East

South

West

Hard  27% got this right

In Japan, kitamakura, which means to sleep with the head toward the north, is thought of as being a bad omen.
11

In Spain, what is considered bad luck on Tuesday?

All of them

Getting married

Leave your house

Start a journey

Hard  34% got this right

The old saying goes: "En martes ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes."
12

What is the lucky plant of Scotland called?

Calluna

Erica

Heather

Ling

White heather

53% got this right

Queen Victoria valued Scottish lore, boosting heather as a good luck charm, in a similar way to four-leaf clovers.