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Bad luck is an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate. This is a list of signs believed to bring bad luck according to superstitions:
- Breaking a mirror is said to bring seven years of bad luck
- Bird or flock going from left to right (Auspicia) (Paganism)
- Certain numbers:
- The number 4 known as tetraphobia; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures, the number 4 sounds like the word for "death" in most of those languages.
- The number 9 in Japanese culture which sounds like the Japanese word for "suffering".
- Also in Japanese culture, maternity wards numbered 43, as it can literally mean "still birth"
- The number 13, known as triskaidekaphobia
- The number 17 in Italian culture
- The number 39, known as the curse of 39, in Afghan culture
- The number 666, known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (per Biblical prophesy, the number of "The Beast", an evil takeover of humanity worldwide. Also called the "Mark of the Beast", wherein all humans will have it on their forehead or hand.)
- Friday the 13th (In Spain, Greece and Georgia: Tuesday the 13th)
- Failing to respond to a chain letter
- Giving a clock as a gift in Chinese culture, as in Chinese, to give a clock (送鐘/送钟, sòng zhōng) has the same pronunciation as "sending off for one's end" (送終/送终, sòngzhōng).
- Hanging a horseshoe with the ends pointing down, as it is believed that the luck will 'fall out'
- Opening an umbrella while indoors: 204, 267
- On the Isle of Man, rats are referred to as "longtails" as saying "rat" is considered bad luck.
- Navajo culture:
- Placing chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice in Chinese and Japanese culture is reminiscent of food offerings left for the dead. 
- Pointing towards feces (England)
- Ravens, crows and magpies: 385–386, 243, 386
- Saying the word "Macbeth" or wishing someone "Good Luck" while inside a theatre
- Shoes on a table
- Three on a match: 292
- Tipping a salt shaker over: 188
- Viewing one's doppelgänger may be considered a harbinger of bad luck
- Killing a ladybug
- Walking under a ladder
- Black cat crossing one's path: 294
- List of lucky symbols
- Bad luck (disambiguation)
- Theatrical superstitions
- Faux pas derived from Chinese pronunciation
- Sailors' superstitions#Bad luck
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