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Folklore & Superstition

Folklore and Superstition covers the topics of good luck, bad luck and uncommon wisdom. Discover more about topics like conspiracy theories, urban legends or voodoo.


The Georgia Guidestones: A Monumental Mystery

Stuff They Don't Want You to Know takes us to North Georgia to find out the story behind who commissioned the Georgia Guidestones, and what it means. See more »

Not Enough Calories in Human Body to Fully Explain Cannibalism, Study Finds

Can the calorie count of a human body explain cannibalism? Learn more about nutritional and ritualistic cannibalism in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

How Slender Man Works

This creepy Internet sensation might be just a 21st-century version of folklore. Figure out if Slender Man really drove kids to kill at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Folk Cures You Should Never Try

Family remedies can be chocked full of gold or simply best intentions. Learn which folk cures you should never try at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Superstitions With Oddly Rational Origins

Sometimes a superstition's origins are shockingly sensible — albeit a little outdated. View five superstitions that oddly rational to learn more. See more »

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?

Is Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog really accurate or is he secretly giggling at us? Find out if Phil can predict the weather. See more »

What are witch windows?

Witch windows are rather practical, but the folklore behind the name is a lot more interesting. Discover the story behind witch windows. See more »

Why are horseshoes considered to be lucky?

Horseshoes are a common lucky charm. Find out why horseshoes are considered to be lucky at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are wishbones supposed to be lucky?

Have you ever wondered why wishbones are considered lucky? Explore the superstitions and folklore behind wishbones. See more »

Where did the legend of Bloody Mary come from?

The 'Bloody Mary' ritual causes a ghastly apparition to materialize in a darkened room. Where did the Bloody Mary legend come from? Find out. See more »