9 Strange Superstitions From Around the World

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Spirit House in Thailand

Thai homeowners will often place a spirit house (san phra phum) in the yard or garden of their home. These shrines take the form of elaborate miniature houses on a pillar, and are located in an auspicious spot near the building. These houses serve as a place to shelter the local spirits, who could cause problems if not properly appeased. Old spirit houses are never thrown away; they are moved to spiritually significant places like the grounds of a temple, or underneath a sacred tree.

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Lunar Eclipse in Nigeria

In Nigeria, a lunar eclipse is seen as a sign of God expressing displeasure towards his people. In 2001, a riot broke out as Muslim extremists attacked Christians during a lunar eclipse, seeking to punish them for their part in bringing God’s wrath upon the country. Five years later, a campaign was launched by the government to educate the people of Nigeria about the scientific reasons behind lunar eclipses, in hopes of preventing future attacks.

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Elves in Iceland

Even though contemporary Icelanders value modern conveniences and the latest technology, a study has shown that over 80% of native Icelanders believe in the existence of elves. Just recently, a proposed highway was rerouted to avoid certain areas where elves are believed to dwell. Many of the strange rock formations and natural wonders of Iceland are attributed to the work of elves, trolls, and other mythical creatures.

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Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.