Midnight In The Desert — superstition

Shoes hidden in home walls to ward off evil spirits

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Shoes hidden in home walls to ward off evil spirits

A growing number of old shoes have been discovered concealed inside the walls of British homes. The peculiar practice, which was thought to have been carried out by superstitious builders and homeowners, was intended to help protect the buildings from evil spirits. One such example was discovered by Laura Potts - a homeowner who was undertaking renovation work at her Georgian home near Norwich when she came across a woman's shoe in the wall. According to History professor Malcolm Gaskill, it had probably been left there to deter 'witches'. "In the early modern period, people also believed in demons, ghosts,...

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Finnair flight 666 to HEL makes final Friday 13th departure

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Finnair flight 666 to HEL makes final Friday 13th departure

Happy Friday the 13th. Would you like to fly to HEL? Flight 666 is about to depart. In fact, it’s about to depart for the very last time. After 11 years of operating flight AY666 from Copenhagen (CPH) to Helsinki (HEL), Finnair is retiring the ominously billed journey – or, rather, renaming it. Flight 666 going straight to HEL will take off today at 13.20 from Copenhagen’s Terminal 2. It is scheduled to arrive in HEL (again Terminal 2) at 15.55. From 29 October, the flight will be renamed AY954. The last flight 666 will fly on Friday 27 October....

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Friday 13th: Why so superstitious?

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Friday 13th: Why so superstitious?

If you are avoiding doing something today due to the unfavourable date, you are not alone. There is even a word to describe how you are feeling - paraskavedekatriaphobia. Derived from the Greek word for Friday, it means fear of Friday the 13th. Nearly three-quarters of adults in the UK say they have suffered from bad luck on a previous Friday 13th, according to research carried out by hotel chain Travelodge. Big business isn't immune to the superstition either, with hotels routinely skipping floor 13. In 2013 the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) introduced a bi-annual system amid...

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Busting the Myth of Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar

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Busting the Myth of Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar

The origins of superstitions can be hard to pin down. There are often several theories about how they started, and a bunch of people ready to debunk those theories. Friday the 13th is one such example. If you read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, you might remember learning that members of the Knights Templar—a medieval society—were arrested on Friday the 13th. Brown’s book helped popularize the belief that these arrests are the reason people fear the date. But although some of the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307, that isn’t the origin of the superstition. Right...

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Where Our Fear of Friday the 13th Came From

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Where Our Fear of Friday the 13th Came From

Another Friday the 13th is upon us. But don’t despair: experts say people may actually be safer on this infamous day, despite long-held beliefs of gloom and doom. And the cultural superstition may be good for mental health. Those psychological benefits can include an increased sense of order, said Rebecca Borah, a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. In other words, superstitions are attempts to understand and even control fate in an uncertain world. "When you have rules and you know how to play by them, it always seems a lot easier," Borah said. "If you have Dracula,...

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