Superstitions are a big part of thousands of people’s daily lives. Some cannot bear the thought of stepping on sidewalk cracks while others cannot complete a meal without throwing a pinch of salt over their shoulder. Some superstitious beliefs are far stranger than others as the entries on this list show.
10. Awkward Silence
Ever been out for a night on the town, just hanging out with your friends, all talking at the same time? Then suddenly there’s that moment of awkward silence that comes out of nowhere and no one seems willing to break it?
This happens daily in all corners of the world. However, a global superstition has it that most of these awkward silences happen at exactly 20 minutes past any given hour. Some believe this happens because Abraham Lincoln died at 7:20 on April 15, 1865 and the silence is a form of respect given to the former American president.
Others are convinced that silence falls at 20 past any given hour because at this time angels start singing and humans stop their conversations to turn their attention toward the beautiful sound. Even if they’re not singing, any awkward silence could also mean that an angel or two are flying overhead and humans are turning their attention toward this occurrence.
The superstition is thought to have started out as a quote taken literally. Dylan Thomas referred to this superstition in his book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, saying: “A host of angels must be passing by. What a silence there is!”