Nearly everyone has a lucky number. It may well be seven but all the numbers associated with luck – and bad – have many different origins. Despite this, very many people will choose seven as the number they associate most with good fortune and choose 13 as their most unlucky digit.
The cursed painting is an enduring urban legend that continues to have the ability to scare us, and also makes a good tabloid news story.
In some regions of Madagascar, it is considered fady to eat certain lemurs, meaning local taboos can actually act as a shield to protect specific species. However, aye-ayes appear to be the only lemur associated with fady leading to their persecution. How did the aye-aye end up drawing the short straw when it comes to local folklore?
The exploration into the origins of common superstitions continues with ‘wishing on a star’.
Madeline D’Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad luck.