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Being wary of Friday the 13th is much more than a quaint superstition observed by a few uneducated people in distant, unreachable towns and hamlets. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 17 and 21 million people dread that date to the extent that it can be officially classified as a phobia.
A black cat crossing your path is supposed to be bad luck, but around Halloween, many animal shelters try to hide black cats from peoples' paths to keep the animals safe from people, not the other way around.
Yesterday, Guinness World Records recognized 114-year-old Japanese woman Misao Ookawa as the world's oldest living woman with a certificate, seen here.
Data designer Shing Tat Chung has embarked on a strange project to create a superstitious robot who makes stock market investments. Sponsored in part by Microsoft Research, as well as GDP Capital, the project is intended to reveal what patterns emerge when an entity invests based on astrological and numerological…
Obviously, crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, stockpiling four-leaf clovers, and avoiding ladders and/or black cats has no effect on the world, tangible or otherwise. But if superstitions are all in our heads, then how do superstitions affect our minds?
For a country technologically advanced enough to clog my inbox with offers of untold wealth as long as I reply with my Social Security number, a surprising number of Nigerians actually think that they can receive a demonic phone call that will kill them instantly upon answering.
If you want to ward off evil spirits, it pays to be wield some serious firepower. Farmers in the Cambodian countryside have thusly armed their scarecrows with spectral munitions. These martial manikins were spotted by the bloggers at Asia Obscura. Here's how they describe them:
B.F. Skinner is a psychologist best known for the Skinner Box, a kind of sensory-deprivation device which limits the creature inside it to only one form of stimulus at a time. Using one such box, he discovered 'superstition' in pigeons.