The Pokémon Superstition That Will Not Die

Some people think that walking under a ladder is bad luck. Others knock on wood so they don’t tempt fate. And we can’t forget about the people avoid the number 13. Some people even press “down B” after they throw a Pokeball in Pokémon games, because they think it will help them capture whatever monster they’ve set… »4/06/15 2:00pm

Argentinian Presidential Ceremony Protects Suspected Werewolves [UPDATE]

Argentinian President Christina Fernández de Kirchner has just adopted a 21-year-old man as her godson. This is a tradition that dates back more than a century, and it's to prevent the stigmatization of a family's seventh son — who, according to legend, turns into a werewolf-like demon. Update: This has been debunked. »12/29/14 5:30pm

Bad Luck Blackjack and the Ghost of Yuri Gagarin: Curious Superstitions Surrounding Space Missions

Space exploration requires technical expertise, careful planning, and test after test after test. But it can be hard to discount the role of luck in missions where so much can go wrong. In the US and Russian space programs, many rituals are attached to missions, perhaps to add a little good fortune to their science. »8/11/12 6:00pm