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6 Common Superstitions — Finally Explained

By Pippa Raga

Are you superstitious? If you're anything like me, you'll probably shrug and say, "Not really," while secretly making sure you don't miss a single crack on the sidewalk, lest some horrible injury befall your mom. 

And while I rationally understand I can't prevent anything terrible from happening just by avoiding broken mirrors or white lighters, something inside me likes to believe that my very small actions might pack life-altering benefits. 

So, why were superstitions created in the first place? According to the New World Encyclopedia, the earliest superstitions were invented as a way to deal with the unknown, so the silly gestures we perform are our way — as a society — to deal with our undying need to be in control of the uncontrollable.