Why People Have Superstitions – Believing the Unbelievable

A man woke up, walked down the hall, and found himself accidentally breaking a mirror. He then walked under a ladder in a crowded street and ran across a few black cats. At the end of the day, he entered a hotel and was put in room thirteen. He then realized that it all happened on Friday the Thirteenth. All of these “signs” are superstitions — belief in unjustified supernatural forces. Is there science behind any of these? Surprisingly, yes, but that doesn’t mean they are proven to be real.

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