Unlucky things to never keep in your home
Legends from around the world have warned us about bad luck for centuries. For those who feel particularly superstitious, there are a handful of household items that may bring a negative energy into your home. While some of these items are just practical to keep out of the house, some stories behind these objects will send chills up your spine.
Wait… did that chair just move?! No, it was just the wind… right? Just imagining a creaky old rocking chair, slowly moving back and forth in a dark, deserted room, is probably enough to make you understand why superstitious people prefer their chairs firmly on the floor. According to Irish legend, an empty rocking chair is an open invitation for evil spirits to take a seat. If a chair moves on its own, that’s a sure sign that a spectre has already taken residence.
This superstition actually has a solid basis in historical fact. At one time, green dyes were actually lethal. Throughout the 18th century, synthetic green dyes were made with a newly discovered compound called cupric hydrogen arsenic. Yes, arsenic. Green-painted or papered walls could release toxic gases when damp, and some factory workers at the time fell ill and died from exposure to the dyes. Though the widespread publication of the arsenic recipe in 1822 finally alerted the public to its dangers, some superstitious homeowners view green walls as a bad omen even today.