The Quick 10: 10 Superstitions That Don't Involve Mirrors, Black Cats or Salt

I don't consider myself a very superstitious person"¦ not really. I do knock on wood from time to time, but do I really believe it's going to change the future? No. I mean, mostly no. Like, 99 percent no. I suppose that tiny little one percent chance is why we still avoid walking under ladders and opening umbrellas inside. Here are a few interesting superstitions I hadn't heard of before. Hopefully making a list of 10 superstitions isn't bad luck"¦

10 Superstitions That Don't Involve Mirrors, Black Cats or Salt

1. If you go to make yourself a sandwich and see a hole in your bread, beware: a death in the family is just around the corner. At least, that's one version. The other version is that the lady who baked the bread with the holes in it will find out she is pregnant (I'm assuming this comes from back in the day when only women baked).

2. Have friends on a cruise, or a relative in the Navy or the Marines? If you're a girl, you'd better not comb your hair after nightfall. It will bring disaster upon the person at sea.

3. In other hair-related superstitions, you're not supposed to throw old hair from your hairbrush away, ever. If a bird makes a nest out of it, you will have a headache until the nest no longer exists. I guess this means some people have a large collection of their own hair sitting around their houses.

4. If someone sneezes while you are putting your shoes on, you should just go back to bed. At least, that's what St. Augustine of Hippo believed.

5. In Korea, you shouldn't leave a fan on in a closed room "“ it means the residents of the house will suffocate.

6. In India, pregnant women should avoid going outside during an eclipse"¦ that is, unless they want their child to have a facial birthmark.

7. This one dates back to WWI and is apparently somewhat well known "“ a movie was made about it. But I had never heard of it: if three soldiers light their cigarettes from the same match, either one of them will die or the last one to light the cig will be shot.

8. In Russia, if a chicken crows at you three times before noon, someone in your family is doomed. The chicken should be killed, but not eaten "“ eating it will only make things worse.

9. If you're holding hands with someone and have to let go for whatever reason, you should say "Bread and butter" before letting go, then let go and join hand again as soon as possible. Otherwise you will have bad luck. I wonder if it's just "Bread and butter", or would any pairing work? "Peanut butter and jelly"? "Spaghetti and meatballs"? Hmm.

10. The ancient Chinese believed that if a man was out hunting, his children shouldn't draw. The paths in the forest would become as complicated as the lines in the drawing and the poor hunter would never find his way home.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.


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