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Every Wednesday, meet us at the intersection of chaos and fate… We’re unveiling the backstories and hidden lessons inside superstitions from around the world, and telling the stories of those who dare to defy them. Can we truly sway supernatural forces to work in our favor? Or are these eerie codes of conduct simply about exerting control in an unpredictable world? 


Superstitions is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes appear every Wednesday. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts! 

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According to theatre lore, this famous play by William Shakespeare has carried a witch's curse since it's earliest performances. If you say the name 'Macbeth' inside a theater when you're not performing the Scottish Play... blood will have blood, so they say.
It might ruin your outfit — but far from ruining your day, getting pooped on by a bird is a gift from the sky. This lucky omen means things will start looking up (though you might still want to keep your head down).
Whether it’s the risky “live fast, die young” appeal or the very real threat of lung cancer, cigarettes have always been considered dangerous. And lighting three from the same match might just set you on a quick path to misfortune — if not death.
We could all use a little extra luck from time to time… And what better way to secure some than taking it from one of nature’s craftiest tricksters — a surprisingly subversive symbol of wits and survival: the rabbit.
Passing A Cemetery

Passing A Cemetery

2020-10-2832:581

It's a children's game with a deadly consequence: Hold your breath while driving past a cemetery’s graves... or breathe in a spirit by mistake.
The Poltergeist Curse

The Poltergeist Curse

2020-10-2135:502

In the 1980s, actors who had starred in the Poltergeist films started dying, leaving fans stunned. Was it just a coincidence? Or had the actors fallen victim to the very films that made them stars?
The Number 13

The Number 13

2020-10-1430:386

It’s the world’s unluckiest integer, and it has even spawned its own phobia. Throughout folklore and mythology, wherever the number 13 occurs, disaster follows.
Black Cats

Black Cats

2020-10-0729:1911

Our first episode concerns one of the most iconic superstitions: black cats, and their relationship to bad luck. Why is it that, even to this day, we associate these innocent cats with demons, witchcraft, and doom?
This Is Superstitions

This Is Superstitions

2020-09-1801:001

You’ve never opened an umbrella indoors, or walked underneath a ladder. And every Friday the 13th, you take extra care not to invite misfortune: no stepping on sidewalk cracks, no clumsiness with the salt shaker. Why take any chances?  Every week on Superstitions, explore the backstories and hidden lessons inside bad omens, good luck charms, and old wives’ tales—and hear the stories of those who dare defy them.  Superstitions is a Spotify Original from Parcast. New episodes air weekly, on Wednesdays. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Comments (4)

Timothy Drummond

Another reason black cats aren't as adopted today is they aren't seen as photogenic as other cats. Also, why all the filler? Wasn't that story a movie or something? Could have been a 5 min episode with just the reasoning on why black cats are seen as unlucky. That part did make me laugh though lol kiss butt

Nov 14th
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Michael Sanders

this story should have been saved for a book. would have loved to read it in-depth

Oct 21st
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Becky Manry

if black cats were truly bad luck i must be extraordinarily lucky becuase ive lived with a black kitty for a good 13 years and have had what seems like average luck.

Oct 13th
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Sandi D.

My bday is on Friday 13th and I own a black cat. Due to this extensive research, I can confidently confirm black cats are cool!! 😁😁

Oct 13th
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