OK, so while us Brits have some pretty unusual superstitions ourselves (avoiding walking under ladders, saluting magpies etc), we think the rest of the world has outdone us on this one.
Here are 5 of the world’s weirdest superstitions.
Happy Friday 13th!
1. Don’t carry an empty bucket in… Russia
Did you know that Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a man carrying an empty bucket? No, neither did we, but the Russians certainly do. It’s probably why carrying an empty bucket is seem as unlucky by some. Plus, the swishing noise is pleasing, isn’t it?
2. Don’t kill spiders in… Finland
Apparently some Fins believe that killing a spider will bring rain the next day. BRITS – STOP KILLING SPIDERS! We might just get a reasonable summer this year.
3. Keep your money off the floor in… Brazil
If your purse or wallet touches the floor, some Brazilians believe it will bring poverty. Surely that’s only if it falls down the drain?
4. We’re four months too early in… Italy
Right now the Italians are wondering what all the fuss it about. After all, their “unlucky” day is actually Friday 17th. Which means they don’t have to worry about it until August. Friday 17th August, to be precise (obviously).
But hey, we don’t believe in any of this superstition lark, anyway. As long as you have good people around you and a cup of tea on standby, everything will be OK.