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 Oct 21, 2020
It's cool to learn about the superstitions, but the fictional stories that accompany them are not worth my time.


Every Wednesday, meet us at the intersection of chaos and fate… We’re unveiling the backstories and hidden lessons inside superstitions from around the world, and telling the stories of those who dare to defy them. Can we truly sway supernatural forces to work in our favor? Or are these eerie codes of conduct simply about exerting control in an unpredictable world?  Superstitions is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes appear every Wednesday. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts! 

Episode Date
The 20-Year Presidential Curse
If you look at U.S. Presidents who have died in office, a strange pattern emerges. Since 1840, those elected on twenty-year intervals meet untimely deaths, with few exceptions. Does a 19th-century death curse plague America’s highest office of political power?
Jan 20, 2021
Beginner’s Luck
It’s an advantage that newcomers and novices relish: try something new, and succeed like a natural. But what happens when beginner’s luck runs out? 
Jan 13, 2021
Horseshoe Over The Door
Unassuming wall decor, or powerful protection against evil? Horseshoes are said to offer luck and fortune to those who possess them — so long as you manage to hang them right… 
Jan 06, 2021
New Year’s Eve Festivities
10… 9… 8… As the clock winds down on the final moments of the year, people around the world employ charms and traditions to shore up good fortune for the future. But it’s not always our own luck that’s on the line… 
Dec 30, 2020
Christmas Traditions
The roots of this festive holiday reach way back through history, with links to Nordic myths and the Roman Saturnalia. For colonists in 17th century America, celebrating Christmas was controversial… and in this telling, a despairing Puritan preacher goes so far as to try and cancel it. 
Dec 16, 2020
Salt for Protection
It’s one ingredient that can cross the threshold of the mundane, offering supernatural protection against lingering spirits… And you can find it in any kitchen, every ocean, and even our bodies.
Dec 09, 2020
Walking Under A Ladder
Steering clear of an open ladder is second nature for many people. But for those that dare test this superstition, beware: It might bring more than just bad luck. 
Dec 02, 2020
Don’t Say “Macbeth” Inside A Theater
According to theatre lore, this famous play by William Shakespeare has carried a witch's curse since it's earliest performances. If you say the name 'Macbeth' inside a theater when you're not performing the Scottish Play... blood will have blood, so they say.
Nov 25, 2020
Getting Pooped On By A Bird
It might ruin your outfit — but far from ruining your day, getting pooped on by a bird is a gift from the sky. This lucky omen means things will start looking up (though you might still want to keep your head down). 
Nov 18, 2020
Lighting Three Cigarettes
Whether it’s the risky “live fast, die young” appeal or the very real threat of lung cancer, cigarettes have always been considered dangerous. And lighting three from the same match might just set you on a quick path to misfortune — if not death. 
Nov 11, 2020
Luck of the Rabbit’s Foot
We could all use a little extra luck from time to time… And what better way to secure some than taking it from one of nature’s craftiest tricksters — a surprisingly subversive symbol of wits and survival: the rabbit.
Nov 04, 2020
Passing A Cemetery
It's a children's game with a deadly consequence: Hold your breath while driving past a cemetery’s graves... or breathe in a spirit by mistake.
Oct 28, 2020
The Poltergeist Curse
In the 1980s, actors who had starred in the Poltergeist films started dying, leaving fans stunned. Was it just a coincidence? Or had the actors fallen victim to the very films that made them stars?
Oct 21, 2020
The Number 13
It’s the world’s unluckiest integer, and it has even spawned its own phobia. Throughout folklore and mythology, wherever the number 13 occurs, disaster follows. 
Oct 14, 2020
Black Cats
Our first episode concerns one of the most iconic superstitions: black cats, and their relationship to bad luck. Why is it that, even to this day, we associate these innocent cats with demons, witchcraft, and doom?
Oct 07, 2020
This Is Superstitions
You’ve never opened an umbrella indoors, or walked underneath a ladder. And every Friday the 13th, you take extra care not to invite misfortune: no stepping on sidewalk cracks, no clumsiness with the salt shaker. Why take any chances?  Every week on Superstitions, explore the backstories and hidden lessons inside bad omens, good luck charms, and old wives’ tales—and hear the stories of those who dare defy them.  Superstitions is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes air weekly, on Wednesdays. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 
Sep 18, 2020