According to some, leaving shoes on the table is a harbinger of death. This originates from the practice of honouring fatalities in the mining industry.
Madeline D’Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad luck.
‘Breaking the wishbone’ is a tradition around the world in the days after a Sunday roast, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Bad luck from breaking a mirror has a long history, and the ominous associations are pervasive around the world.
The superstition of ‘touch wood’, or ‘knock on wood’ is still common today, but what was its original source? Madeleine D’Este explores some possibilities.