If you have an irrational fear of numbers, you might be numerophobic.
Hexikosioihexakontahexaphobia. Say that ten times fast. Simply saying the word is a frightening task, but the fear regarding this famous number is also too much for some to handle. One of the ways in which humanity connects across the globe is through the superstitions regarding numbers. Four. Nine. Eight. Twenty-seven. All of these contain good luck as well as bad.
One of the most superstitious realms in the world is the college campus.
One of the most important transitions in a person’s life is the transition from childhood to adulthood. For many, this means going to college. The transition from one point in life to another can be a frightening and daunting task. Being away from family and the normalcy of everyday life now changes, and the need to fit in, to find comfort, sometimes means connecting with others through campus superstitions.
Sometimes our deepest superstitions lie in the stories told by our parents or our grandparents.
Ruth, an Indiana Quaker, had much to tell her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Beware of people wearing purple. Don’t put gas in your car at night. Bubble baths can be dangerous to your health. This episode of Superstitious takes a more personal turn, exploring why family members tell us fantasies during the process of growing up.
From 1300s Europe to contemporary America, these sinister women have been haunting our souls.
1300s Europe was a dark time. A time of fear. People needed to find a scapegoat; someone to place the blame for all of the troubles people were having. The Black Plauge? Blame a woman. Your crops aren’t growing? Blame an old beggar. Throughout the decades, the blame would continue and cross over from Europe to America, traveling down the eastern sea board from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. But why stop there? How does one cure such a cursed life? Two ways: throw the problem into the water and pray that it floats–or sinks. Either way, you’ll take care of your problem.
In 1973 the world of the “talking board” was forever changed…
The original “talking boards” were thought to be harmless and used as a means to communicate with those who had passed into the afterlife. However, it is in 1973 that this favorite family past time took on a more sinister toll. Today, this toy is burned in bonfires with the Harry Potter books. Is this famous game really sinister, or is it a placebo for the superstitious?
The small town of Oxford, Ohio harbors something paranormal.
Just outside Miami University in the small town of Oxford, Ohio, something strange occurs in the night. In the dark. It’s said that in the 1940s a tragedy occurred at the intersection of Oxford-Milford and Earhart Road. Did this tragedy really occur? Many residents of the town say yes, and there’s a way to prove it. Others say this is mere superstition. But there’s a trick to finding out whether or not this phenomenon exists, and it involves the lights of your car. Residents and Miami students alike quickly discover that once they see this, they believe in something they cannot completely understand.
Hal Berridge. Abraham Lincoln. Charlton Heston. Christopher Plummer. What do all of these men have in common? Superstition.
The theatre is a realm filled with superstitions. From the phrase “break a leg” to Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, the theatrical world has harbored belief in the supernatural for hundreds of years. While some of these beliefs may be considered unwarranted, others may be most frighteningly true.
This episode of Superstitious is dedicated to Zeitgeist Theatre Company.