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Freaky Food Superstitions

Freaky Food Superstitions

When cracking an egg, serving noodles, or pouring a pot of tea — all seemingly innocent actions — you might be surprised to learn that there are some longstanding superstitions behind them.

Superstitions have been around for as long as we have, often stemming from cultural and religious beliefs at different times and different places in history. In some ancient societies, lucky charms were worn around the neck to ward off evil spirits, or rituals were performed to protect one’s home from the devil.

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For some, they may just be spooky superstitions; but for others, they’re based on a cultural belief and are taken seriously. And some of the freakiest superstitions just happen to involve food.

We’re not always sure where superstitions come from. Oftentimes when something happens that can’t be explained, people try to tie events together, creating superstitions; many probably grew out of what used to be called "old wives' tales" or religious beliefs. Some cultures adhere to some pretty wild superstitions about food and drink involving the devil, witches, evil spirits, scorpions, and really bad luck.

A few of them — including the belief that bad luck comes from spilling salt — may sound familiar. But others — like that chewing gum at night means you’re chewing the flesh of the dead — may give you the creeps!

Since the spookiest season is upon us, we’ve shared some of those freaky superstitions so that you know how to ward off the devil and avoid the Evil Eye, and to never to bring a banana on a boat.

The Devil Sits on Your Loaf of Bread

Beware of the devil lurking near your loaf of bread. It's been said (mostly by the Irish) that if you don’t cut a cross into the top of the dough before baking it, the devil will sit on your loaf... or so goes one of the origin stories for Hot Cross Buns. Other superstitions around bread say that you should only cut one end of the loaf, otherwise you’ll free the devil and he’ll fly all around your house. Watch out for holes in your loaf, as they've been said to symbolize a coffin and indicate that someone is going to die soon, and keep your loaf upright, since an upside-down loaf reportedly brings bad luck.

Smelling Basil

Whatever you do, don’t sniff basil. According to ancient Greek superstition, smelling basil might make a scorpion appear in your brain.

Read on for more freaky food superstitions.

Haley Willard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


All Of The Outlandish Foods People Ate In The 1960s

The 󈨀s may have been swinging. But as far as food was concerned, the decade was a little bit repulsive. Similar to food from the 1950s, 1960s foods involved more tuna, more Jell-O salads, and cream of peanut soup…? Yeah, we’re not sure who came up with that dish, either.

It’s truly a miracle our grandparents and parents survived the 1960s with outrageous recipes like the ones below appearing on dining room tables across America. Let’s take a step back and be thankful we’re no longer subjected to these bizarro 1960s foods.

Even celebs had mind-boggling diets then.

As the decade progressed, people wore psychedelic prints, listened to rock n’ roll, and transitioned into free spirits who stuck it to The Man.

And perhaps some of that wild-child pizazz trickled down to the homemakers of the 󈨀s. Their recipes broke the mold, literally. Instead of traditional meatloaf, they made the “roll-in-one.” And forget about your mother’s tuna casserole the 󈨀s produced a crunch tuna surprise.

These bizarre foods from the 1960s completely permeated the Mad Men era.


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