I’m Bill Simmons. I fill up my entire column with more obscure tangents than a “Family Guy” episode. Boston.
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Source: California Health
Human Services Agency
Forgetting to take off the ratty AF1’s at the potluck (most Asian households don’t take kindly to shoes in the house!)
Wearing your only red t-shirt to every final (Red is a lucky color in many cultures, especially Chinese cultures)
Putting spiders in your friend’s wedding dress for good luck (Has its origins in old english folklore, and represents abundance for the couple)
Accidentally summoned a ghost by leaving their chopsticks straight up (A superstition that has Chinese origins because the chopsticks are reminiscent of funeral incense)
Didn’t like your friends significant other so they gifted them an umbrella (The word for umbrella ‘san’ sounds like the word for divorce in Chinese)
Believing in horoscopes (The modern western zodiac actually came from Babylonian astrology)
Walked backwards in Portugal to live out the Faust fantasy (In Portugal, walking backwards allows the devil to know exactly where you are)
Stole a raven from the tower of london as reparations (According to UK superstition, if there aren’t 6 ravens in the tower, the kingdom will fall)
Breaks a knuckle knocking on wood for good scores on finals (Knocking on wood may have originated from the Celts and their love for tree spirits)
Drunkenly rearranging their apartment for the feng shui at 3 AM (A Chinese cultural practice that harmonizes a person with the energies of the environment around them)
Left out their middle name on their taxes because the Fae run the IRS (Giving the Fae your full name gives them power over you, and the IRS has too much)
Hit by a car but the license plate had an angel number (Beyond just blowing up on TikTok, angel numbers were invented by... Pythagoras)