Silly and funny superstitions

Silly and funny superstitions
We have lots of superstitions here that supposedly came from the Spanish conquerors, that’s according to our grade school teachers. The most common is the Friday The 13th which is a bad day every time. Another common superstition is the broken mirror or the black cat.

In our culture, we have lots of funny although silly superstitions. When you are eating and a spoon or fork falls on the floor, there will be a visitor who would partake of your food – a male if what fell was fork and female if it was spoon. And don’t play with the umbrella inside the house unless you are not scared of a centipede that will fall on you. And have you heard of the singing cook? Singing while cooking will make you an old maid. Another singing problem is when there is a thunderstorm, your singing will produce more lightning and thunder. The New Year brings more superstitions. At the changing of the year, firecrackers will drive away the bad luck. Windows and doors should be left open so the blessings of the coming year can freely enter your home. There should be pork on the dining table for more luck and also coins. Do you believe in such superstitions?


Superstitions exist all over the world. I grew up in a superstitious family but fortunately I am not superstitious. People in my country believe if a black cat crosses the road in front of you then something bad will happen to you. Many equally believe that some guests will be visiting you if you drop your kitchen utensils on the floor accidentally. Another superstition is that if you eat in a wok then it will rain on the day of your wedding. There are many other such superstitions.
Posted by Pixie on 10-18-2017
I think the idea of the pork being on the dining table for more luck. I love pork so this is a great superstition to believe in lol. Personally, I don't believe in any superstitions at all because I have seen black cats a lot of times and nothing bad or anything amazing has happened to me on that day. I don't mind people believing it because that is their choice obviously but I don't believe in them because I just think it is silly and not true.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-18-2017
I have a niece who is into the art of Feng Shui which is like voodoo to me. She said that pork on the table or in the fridge can bring good luck. The rationale in that is that the pig eats anything which means it is not choosy. And with the pork as the symbol of substance and food, luck will be with you when you have pork oftentimes. I am not really believing such superstition but whenever we would have pork on the table, I always remember my niece. By the way, she is rich now because of the career as a Feng Shui master.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-03-2018
I'm not really interested in superstition and whatever links they carry. I'm that kind of person that feel that we have right to do things we want to do in life and there is no predestined actions that follow some things/beings.
Posted by Barida on 10-18-2017
We have to look for patterns to survive. If somebody eats a plant and then dies, you probably don’t want to eat that same plant. The risk of missing a pattern that is really there tends to be much greater than the risk of finding a pattern that is not there. So it makes sense that we are so good at finding patterns, that we can find them even when they are not there.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-18-2017
Well, I would rate myself as being 50/50 when it comes to superstitious beliefs. There are ones that I do believe in and ones that I totally discard very easily. Take for instance, the issue of reincarnation, it's a superstitious belief that I actually have high hopes on and I have actually seen people that are said to be reincarnation from others past lives. Also the superstitious belief of when your palm scratches you, it signifies that money is coming your way, I do believe in this but the believe that I don't agree with is when you miss a step and hit ur foot against a stone that it means a bad omen.
Posted by Heatman on 10-18-2017
I know a lot of funny superstitions but that does not mean I believe them. Some of them are: back to back, slipper facing down, black cat, among others. The great majority of them do not make any sense to me. But of any respect to the beliefs of the people who believe in them.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
I think every country has its traditions and superstitions and there will always be people who will believe in them. I do believe in some superstitions but I know that not all of them are coming true. There are many superstitions here and most of them are different because any of them depends on the region I am. Here we avoid to let a black cat in the room with a dead person or avoid to let a black cat cut our way, we do not eat something with vinegar in the Easter day. etc...these were some of our superstitions.
Posted by wallet on 10-19-2017
I don't believe in superstitions but they are a very interesting element of folk culture. The one that always bugged me is that black cats bring bad luck. I love cats so it always made me angry that people could think that. My favortie I think is the one that says that chimney sweepers bring good luck. They are a very rare thing to spot so it always makes my day when I see a chimney sweeper in the traditional costume.
Posted by felabruno on 10-19-2017
Superstitions exist in all cultures of the world, but you dont need to worry about them coming to reality since it doesnt happen as it is since they are just superstitions.
Posted by babyright on 10-20-2017
We also have many silly and funny superstitions. One that makes me always laugh is "don't go to meet a family member on Tuesday, you are likely to pick a fight." Another silly superstition is when a black cat crosses your path bad things will happen to you.
Posted by vinaya on 10-20-2017
Superstitions are indeed silly and funny and they appeal mostly to the older generations. I've heard many of them since I was a child. One says that when a lizard makes a loud noise in the ceiling, it means that a letter is coming. When a person has a mole in the finger, he/she is likely to be a thief. When a person has birthmark in the butt, he/she will bring bad luck to any planned activity. When a woman has her period, she should not take a bath or else, she will lose her sanity. I'm thankful that my parents never believed in superstition which spared me from being affected by them.
Posted by chatbox on 10-21-2017
I don't believe in superstitions much. I think they are silly, outdated, and hold no scientific merit. I think there are a few reasons quite a few people believe in them. For one, children are taught about them quite young and they are ingrained into our psyche.

Another reason is not all superstitions are about bad luck. Why wouldn't you pick a penny up if it were to maybe bring you good luck? Nothing to lose. We tend to do things that will tip the odds in our favor, even if it's not proven.
Posted by Lizzyib on 10-22-2017
Those are some good ones. We have ones here if you break a mirror you will have seven years of bad luck, also if a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck etc. There are other ones like throwing salt over your left shoulder but I am not sure what that one is all about. It makes you wonder how some of these superstitions came to be.
Posted by kgord on 10-24-2017
One of the more famous superstitions surrounds the day Friday the 13th. It's supposed to be a day of really bad luck. Although - I've never heard of a Friday the 13th being anymore difficult for any of my friends - than a usual day in the life.
Posted by NickJ on 12-11-2017
We knew that there are a lot of superstition exist in this world. There are also superstition that made us silly or funny because we cannot really believe whether that kind of things are either truth or false. So we cannot avoid to hesitate whether we believe or not. Although there are false superstition but still there are superstition really exist.
Posted by mar06 on 01-13-2018
Being superstitious winds me up sometimes. I hate it. I hate that whenever I see a single magpie that I have to salute it. I feel stupid sometimes but other times it has been funny. Like the time I was in the office talking serious shop with my two bosses and a magpie flew by the window I was facing. I saluted and they both looked round to see who I was saluting to as no one else was in the room. The look on their faces was classic. Totally bemused.
Posted by JMS on 01-17-2018
We also have a superstition that says that sweeping the floor at night brings bad luck. Another, is that cutting nails before a big day such as an exam or interview is not recommended because it decreases the probability of succeeding.
Posted by anahbello1206 on 02-06-2018
I'm not a believer in any sort of superstition. I think that when not taken seriously, they can be a funny little thing to believe in that adds some harmless fun to life. However, I find it to be a problem when people take them seriously. I know people who go out of their way to run over black cats when they are driving because they think that they are bad omens. People like that sicken me, and it just shows how much harm superstition can do when taken the wrong way.
Posted by Denis_P on 03-14-2018
I think having superstitions is not always good. But we have it due to the traditions that we have around. I guess we learn from our experience. And then we establish our own self in the due process. But I guess traditions will keep some superstitions around. And nothing can be done about that. We just have to learn to adjust with that.
Posted by overcast on 03-18-2018
I don't believe in superstitions. However it's quite interesting to find out about people's diffrent believes. Most of the superstitions we have in my country are comical. For example if you hiccup that means that someone is talking about you. If you can guess who, then you will stop hiccuping. Very dangerous for the person talking about you, especially if they are gossiping. Another superstition is when you're thinking of someone, that means they are thinking about you. That's useful for those that have unrequited love. I don't think we should hold on to superstitions. These are beliefs passed down to us by our ancestors who may not have known any better.
Posted by jaymish on 04-11-2018
Well it depends on how we interpret it, sometimes it only comes from a basic knowledge of our ancestors and pass down to our grand parents and in the modern times it becomes superstitions because of the information that becomes really impossible or having no evidence in current time. Well in my own opinion it really occurs or there is a possibility that this belief really happens in the past but very rare in our generation.
Posted by albino on 05-24-2018
Superstitions are part of a tradition and culture. As long as there's nothing wrong with it i think we should respect it. Although we have our own beliefs, superstitions are basically a form of discipline and reminder. Still we have a choice to follow it or not.
Posted by fishbate on 07-05-2018
I agree with most of you. Here in the Philippines, we also believe in a lot of superstitions. Some of them sounds really funny. But I believe that no matter how funny a superstition may sound, everybody has no right to show disrespect. We have to respect the belief and culture of everyone.
Posted by RhealaineS on 07-12-2018
We have a fair share of superstitions here in the Philippines which were handed down to us from generation to generation. There's a lot especially during wakes and funerals which most people follow out of fear of the unknown. And there's some during wedding, some are for for fortune and prosperity while others are to avoid bad luck. These had been part of our culture and my professor before once told me that they have social relevance that's why it proliferated. For example is the belief that you shouldn't wash the dish when a neighbor gave you food. This is so you will receive more but according to a historian this was intended to make sure you will not break the dish to avoid conflict.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-09-2018
e have a fair share of superstitions here in the Philippines which were handed down to us from generation to generation. There's a lot especially during wakes and funerals which most people follow out of fear of the unknown. And there's some during wedding, some are for for fortune and prosperity while others are to avoid bad luck. These had been part of our culture and my professor before once told me that they have social relevance that's why it proliferated. For example is the belief that you shouldn't wash the dish when a neighbor gave you food. This is so you will receive more but according to a historian this was intended to make sure you will not break the dish to avoid conflict.
Posted by Chinet23 on 08-09-2018
I used to believe in a lot of superstitions when I was younger but now I don't believe in any of those anymore and I think it's a bit silly, although I can understand why humans are naturally drawn to making these connections. I do find it difficult to understand how adults still believe in these things, but like I said, I just chalk it up to everyone being different. I do think there are such things as being lucky and things like coincidences, but that's about it.
Posted by Wubwub on 08-09-2018
When I was younger, I lived in the countryside where people believed in many superstitions. One superstition arises when you happen to comment on a baby's features. The folks believe that it can bring a curse to the baby which can make him suffer from discomfort or sickness. To counter the curse, you'll have to wet your fingers with your saliva and press the wet finger on the baby's feet. For years, I have avoided commenting about babies for fear that I might be pressured to 'reverse' the effect of the curse. When it was my turn to have a baby, an old neighbor from my hometown paid us a visit. She said my baby was cute and fair-skinned and then she suddenly blurted out that she had to counter the curse. I had to tell her no! I don't want her saliva to touch my baby's skin, it was just gross and unsanitary for me.
Posted by chatbox on 09-17-2018
No, I don't believe in these superstitions. My late mother did. She believed in lots of superstitions. However, the superstitions mentioned in the second paragraph of this discussion, she never mentioned any of them to me. I've never heard of them. (O.o)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 09-28-2018
We live in a world of superstitions. Whistling at night will call evil spirits. A snske is not called by its name. It will come. Buying salt by night is prohibited. If you do then call it African salt.
Posted by stbrians on 10-10-2018
I've heard a lot of different superstitious beliefs, and also knew a lot more while reading the comments. Suprisingly, majority of us have common existing superstitions regardless the countries we belong. These superstitions were believed to be passed and conserve generations to generations. I personally believe in some of them but there are really these silly superstitions that exist in our place, and the one I find really absurd is the belief that rainfalls in a sunny day represents death of a chinese man. It doesn't really makes sense.
Posted by Einalem on 10-27-2018
Yes, some of the superstitious are very funny and some can be scary too. One of the funniest superstitious I heard was if you have not eaten your dinner and you sleep hungry at night , your soul or spirit will go out to your body and will seek for a rice cooker or rice pots looking for rice or food. They said if your soul was inside the cooking pot, the soul can't go out anymore and you will be sleeping forever or for short, you will eventually die. I have slept hungry a lot of times but yeah I'm still alive and kicking.
Posted by nekonieden on 11-08-2018
Hahaha, you have not seen superstitious people until you come to Nigeria. If I begin listing every superstitious thing we believe, I will be at it for a whole year. I'll just mention five

You have to attach a safety pin to your dress at the waist if you are pregnant or an evil spirit will enter your womb and your child will be possessed.

Broken mirror means you'll have seven unsuccessful marriages

If you hit your left feet against a stone or a bird flies over your head from left to right, something bad will happen that day

If you kill a Praying mantis, your mother's breast will fall into the cooking pot

If you eat in your dream, you will be initiated into witchcraft
Posted by Tehilah27 on 12-16-2018