You May Be Participating in a Lot More Religiously-Oriented Practices Than You Know: VIDEO


...if you are superstitious.

Mental floss looks at the origins of Friday the 13th, black cats, and 30 other superstitions.


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  1. i love this guy, he does Crash Course History, too. funny and smart.

    Posted by: Keith | Oct 31, 2013 8:27:16 PM

  2. He's also an award-winning fiction writer. :) "An Abundance of Katherines" and "The Fault In Our Stars" are both excellent books by John Green.

    Posted by: MDK | Oct 31, 2013 9:21:52 PM

  3. Would this be popular if he were not good looking?

    Posted by: anon | Nov 1, 2013 9:46:20 AM

  4. A.: Not that good looking, kinda nerdy, and B.: a torrent of info delivered in an articulate, light-hearted manner. What's not to like?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Nov 1, 2013 10:24:04 AM

  5. I think the real question is: Would this be popular (or produced at all) if he were not one of the best-selling YA authors in the country? Here he is at #1 on the NYT Children's Chapter-Book Bestseller List, where he stayed for several weeks:

    Posted by: Thomasina | Nov 1, 2013 11:48:25 AM

  6. So refreshing -- an informative and relaxed presentation on YouTube, rather than an ignorant screed. But the guy is Canadian, isn't he?

    Posted by: DW | Nov 1, 2013 1:21:59 PM

  7. Re: #21... I understood, that to sneeze means your body is expelling or fighting off the attack an evil spirit that is trying to invade you. The 'Bless You', is other people calling on God to help you in fighting or expelling.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Nov 1, 2013 4:33:56 PM

  8. Pagan rituals do not religious Holidays make.

    Posted by: Big blonde Boy | Nov 1, 2013 7:59:58 PM

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