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Quiz: Superstitions & Beliefs
Are you ready for my Superstitions and Beliefs Quiz?
This quiz is based on the superstitions and beliefs I grew up with and heard as a child. There are also questions taken from legends, folklore, old wives tales and mythology. In some cases, I've changed these sayings and substituted words and ideas, thereby changing the beliefs. See if you can tell which are authentic (true) and which are not (false).
Because these are superstitions, these beliefs are not based on fact. My aim is to show one answer. However, I realize that some answers can be true and false at the same time. This is particularly true when comparing the superstitions, beliefs, legends, folklore, and old wives tales of different countries. Do your best in picking the most popular answer and know you will get points either way.
Note: In the true or false sections of this quiz, I just want to know if the superstition or belief is true and not whether the statement itself is true. For example, there is a modern belief that "The more often you cut your hair, the faster it grows." The fact that this has been scientifically proven wrong* is not of interest to us. On this quiz the answer would be "true" because that is how the superstition goes.
*Hair grows at the same rate, no mater if it is cut more often or not.
Definition of Superstition
The following information is from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia:
"Superstition is a belief in a non-physical (i.e. supernatural) causality: that one event causes another without any physical process linking the two events. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to practices (e.g. Voodoo) other than the one prevailing in a given society (e.g. Christianity in western culture), although the prevailing religion may contain just as many supernatural beliefs. It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events."
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