In 1942, residents of Pascagoula, Mississippi lived in fear of the "phantom barber": a criminal who would sneak into homes at night only to steal locks of hair from his victims. Though an arrest was made, many believe it to be a setup, and the identity of the phantom barber remains a mystery.
2. The ‘Oscar Love Curse’ is a strong superstition that is believed to be true in Hollywood circles. According to it, a woman who is awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress is doomed to have her relationship fail, where her boyfriend or husband will cheat on her or divorce her soon after.
3. Traditional Chinese roofs are curved to ward off evil spirits, which apparently can only travel in straight lines.
4. In German folklore, Frau Perchta is a witch who roams the German countryside for 12 days leading up to Christmas, leaving silver coins to good children and cutting open the bellies and replacing the organs of bad children with straw and pebbles.
5. In Arthurian legend, the Questing Beast was a creature with the head of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a deer. It may have inspired by third-hand descriptions of giraffes from merchants.
Hy-Brasil is a phantom island that is said to lie in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland. Irish myths described it as cloaked in mist except for one day every seven years when it becomes visible. It is listed on several early maps, but still cannot be reached.
7. Hoia baciu forest, the most haunted forest in the world is often referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of Romania. It's been known for intense paranormal activity and unexplained events: intense feelings of being watched, ghost sightings, bizarre-looking vegetation, UFO sightings, hundreds of missing persons, etc.
8. The Snallygaster is a legendary half-reptile, half-bird, dragon-like beast with a metallic beak lined with razor-sharp teeth that inhabits the hills surrounding Washington, D.C. and Frederick County, Maryland.
9. A girl named Anneliese Michel went through 67 Exorcisms, 1-2 per week lasting up to 4 hours. The exorcisms spanned over 10 months between 1975 and 76, at the end of which she died. Her autopsy revealed she had died of malnutrition/dehydration due to being in a semi-starvation state for almost a year while the rites of exorcism were performed.
10. The Fomorians are a supernatural race in Irish mythology who represent chaos, darkness, death, blight, and drought, often coming from the sea or underground.
During construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino."
12. Every year, half a million Italians claim they are possessed, demanding an exorcism. Demands for exorcisms are also growing globally. In response to the rise, the Vatican even held a week-long exorcism course for 200 priests in 2018.
13. The Beast of Gevaudan is an unidentified creature that killed over 100 people in France during the 1700s.
14. In Serbian tradition, a Zduhać was a man who had the supernatural ability to defend their village from bad weather. While asleep, the soul of a Zduhać would leave their body to battle demonic beings who brought bad weather. The Zduhać would wake up tired the next day.
15. There is a Voodoo superstition that involves a woman putting her own menstrual blood in a man's food so that he will fall in love with her.
The superstition of the rabbit’s foot being “lucky” originates from the African-American folk spirituality known as hoodoo. It’s said that the rabbit’s feet are lucky because of their reproductive habits, so carrying a rabbit’s foot was thought to help with fertility.
17. Medieval scribes invented a "Patron Demon of Scribes" called Titivillus. He would wander the earth every day collecting scribal errors until he could fill his sack 1000 times. The sack was taken to the devil and each mistake recorded against the name of the monk who had made the error.
18. In Greek mythology a priestess named Cassandra was able to accurately predict the future but was cursed so that no one would believe her.
19. Aglaonice of Thessaly was an ancient Greek sorceress, part of a coven of witches known for their ability to "draw down the moon". In reality, Aglaonice and her female accolites were likely accomplished astronomers able to predict lunar eclipses.
20. Porch roofs on old houses in the American South are sometimes painted blue to scare off "haints," a variation of the word "haunt" referring to ghosts or spirits. Blue is the color of water, and ghosts supposedly can't cross water.
Some haunted houses are thought to be the result of dangerous safety hazards, like carbon monoxide leaks, which cause hallucinations.
22. The witching hour is the time of night between 3-4 am in western Christianity considered to be when supernatural events are at their most powerful and frequent due to the absence of prayers.
23. Infrasound sound waves with frequencies below 20 Hz can’t be heard by people, but can cause recipients to feel fear, anxiety, sorrow, depression, and nausea. It can also cause recipients to see hallucinations which makes them think something a paranormal/supernatural is afoot.
24. As of 2012, there is still an active witch-hunting unit in Saudi Arabia. In 2009, 118 people were charged with witchcraft and by 2011 there were 9 bureaus in the country to combat sorcery. They have even accused US of having sorcerers.
25. There is an autoimmune disease that mimics the symptoms of demonic possession, and it has only been identified in the last 10 years. It affects mostly young women and can come on with no pre warnings whatsoever.