You brave the blustery weather to arrive at your friend's dinner party. As you step over the threshold, she offers to take your hat and coat. You oblige, happy to be inside her cozy home and ready to have a warm drink in hand. But just as this gracious hostess carries your outerwear out of sight, you realize it's bound for respite atop a bed in a spare guest room. And that's when panic sets in.
But why? For years, people have believed that putting a hat on a bed is bad luck. Even though it doesn't make sense, the "hat on bed" bad luck superstition has stuck around — ever since hats became part-and-parcel of everyday life.