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    People Are Sharing The Strange Superstitions Their Families Believe In And It's A Hell Of A Ride

    "If you put eggs on the roof it won't rain".

    Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the most strange and unique superstitions that their families follow. Here's what they had to say!

    1. The curse-preventer.


    "My family is Eastern European and whenever we have a bad interaction with someone we have to spit three times behind our shoulder (obviously when we’re on our own) in case they’ve cursed us. Weird superstition, but it’s ingrained in me!"


    2. The high-maintenance shoes.


    "I was told as a kid by my mum that it’s bad luck to put new shoes on the table. And that goes for any kind of table.... kitchen work surfaces, desks, even side tables. I actively freaked out at work when my manager put his new boxed shoes on the desk at work and he thought I was completely mental!"


    3. The triple threat.


    "In my country people believe that if you're coming home after 6pm then you need to enter your house backwards or else an evil spirit will follow you inside. Also, if you offer someone new shoes they need to give you a penny in return or else you'll have a conflict with this person in the future. Finally, if you dream of a wedding this means someone's gonna die. I don't personally believe in any of them though!"


    4. The doppelganger paradox.

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    "My dad's superstition is that if you eat anything with a face its 'real' counterpart will die. For example if you eat gummy bears, a real bear will die. I still can’t eat things with faces 25 years later!"


    5. The New Year's Eve ritual.


    "In my family, on New Year’s Eve you HAVE to open the front door to 'let the old year out' otherwise it will get stuck and cause you to have bad luck that year."


    6. And the chore you don't want to do on the first day of the year.


    "If you do laundry on New Year's Day, a family member will die that year – 'wash on New Year's Day and wash a loved one away'"


    7. The monthly tradition.

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    "The first thing you say on the first day of the month should be 'white rabbits'."


    8. The money maker.


    "When your left hand itches you’ll receive money and when your right hand itches you’ll lose money!"


    9. The significant entrance.


    "Always leave out of the same door you arrived through, it's bad luck otherwise. So if you came in through the front door you must leave by the front door."


    10. The long list of family no-nos.

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    "In my family, we're not allowed to cut our nails or eat chickpeas on Tuesdays and Sundays, or wet our hair on Wednesdays, or walk backwards, or leave our shoes upside down, or touch plants after 6pm, or step on other people’s feet, or pass salt or a knife from our hand to someone else’s, or sleep with our head in the direction of the door, or clean the sink at night. Oh, and if a cat crosses the road while we’re driving, we should turn around and go the other way!

    Following them all is annoying, but I guess it makes life more fun. They are so ingrained in me, my brother and all my cousins (we are a large, Indian family) that we literally feel really guilty if we do it, even if it was by accident 😂."


    11. The careful tread.

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    "My mum always told me that if you step over someone and don’t step back over them to 'redo' the stepping-over, you’ll get the worst luck!"


    12. The unwelcome Christmas decorations.


    "My mum is big on the belief that you have to take down all Christmas decorations on the 5th of January. If you take them down before or after it is apparently bad luck for the year ahead."


    13. The wingman.


    "When my family is eating together, everyone must clear their plates at the same time or the person who's not in a relationship will be single forever."


    14. The knives that need their space.

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    "You should never let knives cross over each other (which can be a real bugger when doing the washing up)!"


    15. The creepy crisps.


    "If you open a crisp packet from the bottom the devil will escape and get you!"


    16. The orderly cutlery.

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    "Forks, knives, spoons, and dessert spoons must go in that *exact* order in the cutlery drawer."


    17. The life-saving salute.

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    "You should touch your collar when you see a hearse or you’ll be then next one in it."


    18. The delicious good luck charm.


    "If our hockey team (the Carolina Hurricanes) make the playoffs, we all have to eat a specific maple creme cookie at the initial puck drop of every game. Then if they win the series, we eat another cookie during the handshake or when they lift a trophy. It’s weird, but any superstition that involves eating cookies can’t be that bad!"


    19. The ominous leg movement.

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    "Never swing your legs when sitting. My grandad told me this when he placed me on the counter to watch him cook when I was about three and I’ve just never done it. I don’t know the meaning behind it though!"


    20. The colourful car.

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    "Before my parents had me and my brother, someone gave my dad a phrenology reading on a train (random, I know)! They told him that he should never own a red car, and neither should any of his family members. I don’t know why, but not one of us has ever owned a red car and we never will."


    21. The sweepy surprise.

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    "You can't sweep the house clean after sunset at the risk of 'sweeping luck away'."


    22. The shoe police.

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    "My mum always told us not to leave shoes upside down because it would bring bad luck. I'm not superstitious at all, but this is so ingrained in me I can't stand having shoes lying around the wrong side down and always turn them the right way up."


    23. The wise elders.

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    "All the elders in my dad's family don't return home straight after a funeral so that the spirits don't follow them home, so they visit the shops (or any crowded place) for at least an hour after the funeral. It's supposedly long enough to distract the spirits with so many people around that they won't notice the elders leaving for home."


    24. The peacekeeper.


    "My mum always told me that I should never jangle the keys or open and close scissors really quickly because if I did my parents would have an argument."


    25. The argumentative knife.

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    "Stir with a knife, stir up strife."


    26. The sinister reflection.

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    "Don't sleep in a room with a mirror. I can remember staying at someone's house with my parents when I was about eight years old, and my room had a wall length mirror on one side. The first thing my mum and I did before unpacking was cover it completely with a sheet so I could sleep in there."


    27. The bad luck charms.


    "If you drop a knife on the floor someone else must pick it up – you can't do it yourself, also don't open an umbrella in the house. They're both bad luck! I learnt these from my mum who learnt them from my grandma."


    28. And finally: the weather forecast.

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    "You have to put eggs on the roof if you don't want it to rain."


    Note: submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    What are your ~unconventional~ family superstitions? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to be featured in similar posts!

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