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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.

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How Urban Legends Work

OK, so a good friend of mine was driving down the highway and he picked up this hitchhiker… Urban legends are the basis for some truly spooky ghost stories. See how the tales get started and how they make their way to you.

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  • How Conspiracy Theories Work
    How Conspiracy Theories Work

    Conspiracy theories are often ridiculous explanations for a disputed case or matter. There are conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Find out how these theories get started in this article. See more »

  • How Friday the 13th Works
    How Friday the 13th Works

    Like many human beliefs, the fear of Friday the 13th (known as paraskevidekatriaphobia) isn't exactly grounded in scientific logic. But that doesn't stop us from feeling that it's "unlucky." See more »

  • How Murphy's Law Works
    How Murphy's Law Works

    The idiom says whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Is it the mysterious power of Murphy's Law, or is it simply people who give the law relevance? See more »

  • How Shrunken Heads Work
    How Shrunken Heads Work

    Visitors to remote jungles face several potential dangers. Disease, ferocious animals, deadly plant life, the risk of having your head shrunken … wait, what? See more »

  • How the Mayan Calendar Works
    How the Mayan Calendar Works

    The Mayans created a sophisticated set of calendars to help them plant crops, plan religious ceremonies and keep their history. How did they do it? See more »

  • How Urban Legends Work
    How Urban Legends Work

    OK, so a good friend of mine was driving down the highway and he picked up this hitchhiker… Urban legends are the basis for some truly spooky ghost stories. See how the tales get started and how they make their way to you. See more »

  • Why are fishermen superstitious of bananas?
    Why are fishermen superstitious of bananas?

    Before you board the crab boat for your first fishing gig, the captain tells you to ditch the suitcase and the banana. This is deadly work. Are you really going to argue with superstition? See more »

  • 10 Famous Curses
    10 Famous Curses

    Everybody has bad days, but Fortune seems to have it in for some people. You decide: Are these 10 infamous cases of bad luck coincidences or curses? See more »

  • 9 Legends of American Folklore
    9 Legends of American Folklore

    From Johnny Appleseed to Paul Bunyan, figures of American folklore continue to inspire and engage. Before the invention on radio and television, people created these characters to help people cope with hard times. Learn more about these legendary figures. See more »

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