List of bad luck signs
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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 (tetraphobia) in Chinese culture, Japan and Korean cultures, which sounds like "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", a 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 has the same pronunciation as attending their funeral
- 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, the mention of the word "longtail" (referring to a rat)
- Ouija board
- 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
- 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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