Why Would You Do That? 5 Cultural Traditions with Macabre Origins

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Life is full of various rituals and traditions that we take for granted. But when we examine them more closely, they turn out to be pretty weird. Everything from casually saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze to the pranking on April Fool's Day seems lighthearted and casual, but may be derivative of dark, strange origins. 

Have you ever stopped to consider exactly why married couples wear wedding rings on their left Digitus medicinalis (the answer may be the vena amoris)? Or why it’s considered bad luck (by stupid people) to have your path crossed by a black cat? Or to walk under a ladder? Actually, that one we’ll field right now: gravity.
Today we’ll take a look at five things you likely take for granted, but that are actually rather twisted. And we start with…

Why Would You Do That? 5 Cultural Traditions with Macabre Origins
Image Credit: Wikipedia
Life is full of various rituals and traditions that we take for granted. But when we examine them more closely, they turn out to be pretty weird. Everything from casually saying, “God bless you” after a sneeze to the pranking on April Fool's Day seems lighthearted and casual, but may be derivative of dark, strange origins. 

Have you ever stopped to consider exactly why married couples wear wedding rings on their left Digitus medicinalis (the answer may be the vena amoris)? Or why it’s considered bad luck (by stupid people) to have your path crossed by a black cat? Or to walk under a ladder? Actually, that one we’ll field right now: gravity.
Today we’ll take a look at five things you likely take for granted, but that are actually rather twisted. And we start with…
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So the next time you casually go through the motions of this or that tradition, or you recite by rote some saying or idiom, remember: you might be giving a shout out to something weird, dark, or weird and dark! Which I’ll call… wark. No… no, that’s incredibly stupid, just forget about that last bit.