9 Strange Superstitions From Around the World

To some, superstitions are nothing more than the facts of life: Things they have grown up knowing. To others, these beliefs are archaic, wonderful, and strange. Check out a few strange superstitions from around the world:

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    Chewing Gum in Turkey

    Superstitious Turks believe people who chew gum at night are really chewing on the rotting flesh of the dead. Protect yourself from ill omens like these by donning a nazar (evil eye bead or amulet), which are popular all over Turkey, and are often brought home by tourists as souvenirs.

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    Ringing of Bells

    There are many cultures around the world that have superstitions about ringing bells. People believe that bells can frighten away evil spirits, which is part of the reason churches use them to call worshippers to prayer. Now, the ringing of bells is used all over the world to mark special occasions, like weddings and holidays. A special bell was even commissioned for the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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    Birds Pooping on Your Car in Russia

    In Russia, many people believe that when birds poop on a car luck and riches are brought to the owner. The more bird poop on your car, the more good fortune will come your way! The superstition may have been created to associate something positive with a car covered in bird poop, but it’s definitely worth thinking about next time you’re cleaning it off your newly washed ride.

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