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Quiz: Superstitions & Beliefs

Updated on November 6, 2013

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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Superstitions Quiz

Superstition by Stevie Wonder

Assorted Beliefs & Superstitions

Test your Knowledge of Trolls

Troll Dolls Were An American Fad

According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, troll dolls were originally called Gonks, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls, Norfins, Dam dolls and even Leprechauns. These became one of America's biggest toy fads from the autumn of 1963 through 1965.

Superstitions and Beliefs about Hair

Superstitions about Numbers

Serena Williams' Rituals & Superstitions - Superstition or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Tennis champion Serena Williams said she failed to win the 2009 French Open because "I didn't tie my laces right and I didn't bounce the ball five times and I didn't bring my shower sandals to the court with me. I didn't have my extra dress. I just knew fate, it wasn't going to happen." Ever since then, she has done all these things before every championship game.

Do you think Serena Williams' ritual is superstition or OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)?

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Numerology - Books from Amazon

Theater Superstitions

Theater Superstitions and Haunted Theaters - Books to chill you and inform you

Phantom of the Opera - Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley

Songs, Film & Video

Michael Jackson Thriller - Music - DVDs - Costumes!

Reaction to Michael's Jackson's "Thriller" Music Video

Not Everyone was Thrilled

Michael Jackson was a practicing Jehovah's Witness in 1983 when he made the music video "Thriller." The church elders and congregation were horrified at his portrayal of zombies, occult imagery and superstition, which prompted Michael Jackson to make a public apology. He told the world the video did not represent his beliefs in the occult and issued a statement that was printed in the "Awake! Magazine" basically saying that he was sorry for his actions and would never do it again. After that, however, Michael's actions which included his fascination with magic and sleeping in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber caused his fellow Witnesses to shun him. Shortly afterward, Michael Jackson left the congregation. ~ The "Thriller" music video was nominated for six awards at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, winning three out of six of the nominations.

According to Wikipedia, "Thriller" proved to have a profound effect on popular culture, and was named "a watershed moment for the [music] industry" for its unprecedented merging of film making and music. Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the "most successful music video", selling over 9 million units. In 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.

The "Thriller" album is the best selling album in the world. The music video is the most influential and successful music video of all time.

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 14-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jackson.

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Superstition and Protection

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Did you take the quiz? How did you do? - Share your thoughts, superstitions, suggestions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Totally fun quiz, thanks.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      I tend to take quizzes for ideas. Thanks.

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      drmattshepard 4 years ago

      thanks for the quizzes and polls. always appreciate the free points! :)

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you. It was fun to see all the superstitions I grew up with displayed.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Fun lens.

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      dotcomdiva 5 years ago

      Fun lens! Missed a few, learned some things...enjoyed my visit, thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, I did good on the quiz!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Thanks for the quizzes.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      I've aced it! I loved it! Thanks!

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      iwebmastery 5 years ago

      Thanks for the fun quiz!

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      Tony New 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      That was fun.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      okay, but this is reallly scary. i don't find it funny at all

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Quite okay

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      Kara Hara 5 years ago

      Quite okay

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      luniarose 5 years ago

      pretty good, it was fun

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      hexadtraining 5 years ago

      I did ok. It was fun!!!

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      DuncanBoud 5 years ago

      I did surprisingly well - I must be more superstitious than I thought!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      loved the quiz and the great points!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      wonderful ;lens! liked

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      Great Lens - and how did you do the animations? They're great!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Great fun lens. Thanks. I found I knew more than I thought. So, that was refreshing. I guessed about the #4 in China and Japan and got it right. Learned something new today--thanks again.

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      nelchee 5 years ago

      It was fun :)

      One remark regarding this question:

      "11:11 is the only time, with the exception of military time, that is composed with 4 of the same digits."

      I don't know what military time is but I suppose 24 hour time? 24-hour clock is a regular thing in non-English speaking countries so we see 22:22 all the time where I live.

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      Andrew Scott 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Cool lens. Great quiz.

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      xphiltre 5 years ago

      What a great lens! It was really fun

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      Great! ıt is fun learning more superstitions

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Quiz. I love superstition quizzes.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      That was fun! I did so-so.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      I love this quizz

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      I love this quizz

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got around 70%, fun quiz.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I think I was at about 50 percent for most. I'm kinda proud of that!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I was actually surprised at how well I did. These superstitions must have permeated my psyche over the years.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Got most correct, but also missed some. Thanks for the fun.

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      jeff57 6 years ago

      I missed some of the theater questions but had a great time nonetheless. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      Fun quiz!