Signs and Omens
Fables and Folklore
Supernatural and the Occult
Friday the 13th
Religion & Spirituality
Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings
History of Science
History of Ireland
Beliefs and practices resulting from the human need to find causation in the everyday happenings of life. This is where we will try to unravel some of the unusual and esoteric things people ask us about.
Asked in Ghosts, Urban Legends, Superstitions
Was there really a Carmen Winstead?
No, Carmen Winstead never existed. The story was made up on the Internet. According to the story, Carmen was accidentally killed when her "friends" pushed her down a sewer. Now she will visit a horrible death upon anybody who doesn't post her story on their MySpace page. Later versions of this story were sent as more conventional e-mail chain letters. There's also a nearly identical version with a victim named Jessica Smith. Carmen Winstead/Jessica Smith Ghost Story The story appears in emails and text...
Asked in Cats (Felines), Ancient History, Superstitions
Where does the black cat superstition originate?
The bottom of all this to my opinion, is the colour black. It was the colour of the old European (Roman, Celtic German goddess of fertility Mother Earth, giving the later "black madonna's". Which was not exclusively European ( Compare ISIS!!) Black was regarded as the colour of the earth, the goddesses' first element. Her second element was water, giving the colour blue. The elements of the male god ( in the sky) were air and fire ( sun) While druids were dressed...
What is the symbolic meaning of a sparrow tattoo?
Back in the days of the tall ships, sailors would get a sparrow tattoo for crossing a sea, i.e., from the US to England. A seaman with 5,000 miles or more under his belt earned the right to a sparrow tattoo. Some called it a swallow. There you go. More answers from WikiAnswers contributors: It may not mean anything, but I know a lot of men in the UK who have bird tattoos on their hands and wrists have been released...
Asked in History of Science, Science, Superstitions
What superstitious beliefs have a scientific basis?
Superstitious belief, by definition, have no scientific basis. Science requires that ideas are tested in a way that is repeatable and falsifiable. Falsifiable means that there must be a way that the test shows that a stated belief is not true, while most superstitions rely on metaphysical entities or powers that are so vague they can not be dis-proven. Here are some examples of superstitions, and where they may have come from. Breaking a mirror is seen as seven years of bad luck from...
Asked in Science, Superstitions
What is the superstitions belief of the moon?
Wow! Such a simple question, and such a huge topic. The moon has fascinated, intrigued, frightened, and captivated humankind since we first looked up into the night sky. There are as many creation myths concerning the moon as there have been story-tellers to tell them. As for superstitions concerning the moon, I have a minimum of 9 complete books on the subject and entire chapters in 6 more. So, what I will do here is give you a general over view with...
Asked in Science, Ghosts, Superstitions
Do science believe in ghost?
Most of them don't.A hallucination, in the broadest sense of the word, is a perception in the absence of a stimulus.Hallucinations are made up of the mind. There is a specific part in your brain that can make illusions.Therefore, the answer is No It is often said that the supernatural and science converge, and a lot of scientists explain their belief in ghosts as physical phenomena. Since everything in the universe is electromagnetic, this must be the basis of any real ghost. Often...
Asked in Science, Inventions, Superstitions
Examples of supertitious beliefs?
- 13 is an unlucky number - a black cat crossing your path is bad luck - a crow or blackbird crossing your path is bad luck - walking under a ladder will bring bad luck - breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck - wishing on a shooting star is good luck - carrying a rabbit's foot is good luck - starting a journey on a Friday is unlucky - seeing your bride in her dress before the wedding will...
What is the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition?
The convergence of two superstitions between the number 13 and Friday seem to be at the heart of many questions concerning this particular superstition. So lets start with those. FRIDAY has been an inauspicious day for a very long time, and in many varied cultures. It has been held to be both unlucky and as a day when evil influences are at work. In Ancient Rome, Friday was execution day. In some pre-Christian Religions Friday was a day of worship, so those who involved...
Asked in Fables and Folklore, Superstitions
What are some examples of superstitious beliefs?
Bad Luck, general - Walking under a ladder is bad luck. - Spilling salt is bad luck, to avert this throw a pinch of it over your left shoulder. - Putting your clothing on inside out or backward is only unlucky if you remove the piece of clothing and turning it "right." Bells - the sound of bells is said to frighten away evil spirits, which is why they are rug at weddings, funerals, and on New Years Day. - "Gremlin" bells are commonly hung on...
Is the world going to end tomorrow?
The fact is that the Earth has been here for a long, long, very long time. For it to end would take an amount of energy difficult to calculate. Humans on the other hand have inhabited the planet Earth for a relatively short period of time, say a million years or so. That being said, in the entire history of the planet, more than 95% of the species that have ever inhabited the planet no longer exist. That being said, the...
Asked in Miscellaneous, Superstitions
Is that true that singing while cooking ends up marrying a widower?
No, it's just a folk tale. Singing while cooking wont affect ANYTHING to do with your love life!! No, but if you whistle while you twerk, you can make some serious cash ...
Asked in Ghosts, Urban Legends, Superstitions
Is David Gregory dead?
2 months ago a 16 year old boy called David Gregory received a pass it on text and didn't send it on. when he went to take a shower he heard laughing. He started freaking out and he went to his phone to send it on. He went to sleep, 5 hours later his mom woke up because of a loud noise. David was gone that morning, a few hours later his body was found in a sewer, his neck...