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10 New Year’s Traditions And Superstitions

Most people will bring in 2011 by watching the New Year’s countdown in Times Square, going to church or attending a party. Kissing someone hot and sexy, whether a current flame or a potential new one, is a high priority at the stroke of midnight. But there are other, lesser-known traditions. If 2010 wasn’t that great for you, maybe you should ring in the new year with the following traditions and superstitions to increase your chances of gettin’ lucky in 2011. Keep reading »

Jewelry Superstitions: Why Wearing Diana’s Ring May Be A Bad Omen For Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton‘s engagement ring just so happens to be a hand-me-down from the late Princess Diana. Although this family treasure is very dear to Prince William’s heart, the superstitious among us would agree that Kate should never have accepted it. Why? Well, because it’s widely believed that jewelry can be cursed. Take the Hope Diamond, for example, which many believe has been cursed since it was stolen in 1642. Since then, tragedy, injury, or even death has befallen all those who have come in contact with it, including Marie Antoinette. Even if you don’t believe that jewelry can be cursed, I always heard the old wives’ tale that engagement rings are supposed to carry the energy of the marriage from whence it came. Meaning it’s bad luck to inherit a ring from an unhappy marriage. So essentially Kate is wearing the ring of a troubled princess who had a very bad marriage, not to mention a tragic end. If I were Kate, I might have hoped for something with a little bit less bad ju-ju. [Hottnez]

After the jump, some more jewelry superstitions. Keep reading »

A Frog Wedding To Appease Rain God

Oh, Hindu rain god, won’t you please bless this Indian village with rain so defenseless, independent frogs won’t be forced to marry? Villagers in the northeastern In the northeastern state of Asam, marrying frogs is a local custom that villagers say appeases the rain god after a drought. There hasn’t been any rain for the past couple of months, one villager told Reuters. The villager added that she is sure the rain will come soon, now that they have performed the frog wedding. The villagers didn’t take any shortcuts even though this wedding was between amphibians rather than humans, and the priest adhered to Hindu wedding rituals. Local women even gave the “bride” a necklace that she wore with her traditional veil for her big day. “The marriage went off well. Our region is absolutely parched,” said the local priest. “We need rain. We don’t know what else to do.”

Check out the video of the marriage. Surprisingly, the frogs seem to be enjoying the festivities. Keep reading »

Italian Courts Get Their Laws On Men’s Bodies

While the Italian Court of Appeals has got its defendants by the balls, they just brought their fist down on every fellow countrymens’. In a landmark case involving a mechanic being sued for what he claimed was merely jock itch, the court ruled that it is indecent to grab your junk in public. Although the judgment seems like polite common sense, superstitious Italian men grab their crotch for the same reason many Americans knock on wood. For instance, it’s used to ward off misfortune when a hearse passes. Crotch-grabbing has even got its own motto in Italy — “Lo mi tocco…” which literally means, “I touch my…” but is mostly slang for “fingers crossed.” Sadly, grabbing his crotch didn’t ward off bad luck for the mechanic who was fined 1200 Euros for rubbing the magic lamp in his pants. [Sky News] Keep reading »

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