The 10 Strangest Superstitions About Our Homes

Can't catch a break lately? You might want to rethink your entrances (and exits).

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As many apartment dwellers know, most buildings skip the 13th (and sometimes !) floor. In fact, a whopping omit the unlucky ordinal just on tradition alone. But for those of us who live closer to the ground, there's plenty of bad omens lingering around at home.

Most superstitions are hundreds of years old, stemming from the to attribute reasoning to the inexplicable. But even if it seems silly, these unfounded fears have . Research has found that people and experience less stress.

So for the believers (and non-believers) out there, this is what you need to avoid for good karma.

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1 Mirrors can steal your soul.
large gilded mirror
Victoria Pearson

Most people have heard that a broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck, but intact reflectors are also ominous — just think of ill-fated characters like Snow White, Narcissus, and Dracula.

The legend goes that the glass can steal your soul. In fact, when someone died, in case the deceased's spirit gets trapped inside.

2 Evil ghosts sit in your rocking chair.
<p>New mothers and porch sitters take note: the Irish have long believed that <a href="http://superstitionsonline.com/rocking-an-empty-rocking-chair/" target="_blank">rocking an empty chair</a> invites dark forces to come sit in it. If the chair moves of its own accord, that's even worse — the malicious spirit has already settled in it, and may bring death to the family. </p>
Helen Norman

New mothers and porch sitters take note: the Irish have long believed that invites dark forces to come sit in it. If the chair moves of its own accord, that's even worse — the malicious spirit has already settled in it, and may bring death to the family.

3 Pick a door and stick with it — or else.
blue dutch door
Victoria Pearson

According to , it's bad luck for you and your family to leave the house through a different door than the one used to enter it.

4 You can wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
white eyelet canopy
Bjorn Wallander

goes that you should get out on the same side you got in or it'll be a bad day. As for the following night, make the bed if you want to sleep well, according to an .

5 Open umbrellas insult your home's guardian spirits.
victorian hat rack
Francesco Lagnese

Opening a parasol indoors might bring metaphorical rain. Eighteenth century that an umbrella protects against the storms of life, so opening one inside insults a home's metaphysical protectors. Of course, the practical side of this precaution is not poking anybody's eye out.

6 Don't sweep away good luck.
<p>There's enough <a href="https://research.udmercy.edu/find/special_collections/digital/cfa/index.php?field=boggsNum&term=P882.145" target="_blank">broom traditions</a> to fill the entire closet, but most concur that cleaning a new home with an old broom is bad news. Either buy a new one or sweep something into the new residence first to avoid brushing away good luck.</p>

There's enough to fill the entire closet, but most concur that cleaning a new home with an old broom is bad news. Either buy a new one or sweep something into the new residence first to avoid brushing away good luck.

7 Ladders have a hidden religious significance.
<p>Christianity could be behind the hesitation to walk under ladders. The idea is that a ladder leaning against a wall creates a triangle, similar to Holy Trinity. <a href="http://www.livescience.com/14141-13-common-silly-superstitions.html" target="_blank">Breaking the triangle</a> would be blasphemous – or dangerous, as anyone who's stood on a high perch can attest. </p>
ERIC PIASECKI

Christianity could be behind the hesitation to walk under ladders. The idea is that a ladder leaning against a wall creates a triangle, similar to Holy Trinity. would be blasphemous – or dangerous, as anyone who's stood on a high perch can attest.

8 Bells scare away hardships.
<p>Both wedding bells and jingle bells bring smiles to peoples' faces, but an echoing gong can also prevent misfortune. <a href="http://www.historyofbells.com/bells-history/history-of-wedding-bells/" target="_blank">Celtic culture</a> believes that ringing a bell frightens evil spirits away. </p>

Both wedding bells and jingle bells bring smiles to peoples' faces, but an echoing gong can also prevent misfortune. believes that ringing a bell frightens evil spirits away.

9 Fix any broken clocks — before they signal doom.
grandfather clock master bath
Christopher Sturman

The grimmest prediction of all is that if a broken clock suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family. In fact, a recorded multiple instances of these predictive rings.

10 And of course, knock on wood.
weathered kitchen cabinets
Victoria Pearson

For those bold enough to check out their lipstick in the mirror or leave through the side door (namely, all of us), it's easy to ward off any bad karma – just knock on wood. Cultures from across the world (from Ireland to India!) have long , and people often lay hands on them to ask for favors or show gratitude.

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