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18 superstitions and their origins

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Black cats

Black cats have long been considered as an omen of bad luck in many Western cultures — they have been associated with witchcraft since the Middle Ages. Many cultures believe that a black cat crossing the path means you may suffer disaster or even death. Gamblers are especially careful of the black cat curse, with many believing if they see a black cat while going to a casino, they should abandon their plans to gamble. However, it's not all bad news for black cats; in some cultures, including Japan, Britain and Ireland, the opposite is true, and black cats are seen as bringers of good luck.

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