Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:15:00 GMT | By MSN
Superstitions and their origins

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It's Halloween again and we're here to explain where some of the most common superstitions come from, from the curse of a broken mirror to fear of the number 666.

Black cats have long been seen in Western cultures as an omen of bad luck - they have long been associated with witches, and many cultures believe that a black cat crossing your path means you will suffer disaster or even death. Gamblers are especially fearful of the black cat curse - many of them believe that if they see a black cat while going to a casino, they should abandon their plans to gamble there.

However, it's not all bad news for the black cats; in some cultures, including in Japan, Great Britain and Ireland, the opposite is true, and black cats are said to bring good luck.

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