I recently watched a TV program created by History Channel. It talks about the discovery of a lost book authored by the famous Nostradamu.
The program shows how the scholars interpreted the drawings in the book and how the drawings predicted many great incidents that have happened. Finally the program ended with the prediction of the possible end of the world in the year 2012.
A copy of this program is saved in Youtube. If you just want to know when the end of the world will come, just watch part 3 below.
You must have heard that it is bad luck to walk under a ladder. Perhaps it is not just bad luck but it is a good habit not to walk under a ladder because things can fall from the top and drop onto you as you walk under the ladder.
While the modern man thinks that walking under a ladder is unlucky, ladder has considered as a lucky symbols in the past. The Egyptians placed ladders in their tombs to help the souls of the dead climb to heaven. They also carried charms in the shape of ladder to help them climb to greater heights. Symbols of ladders and other forms of good luck are written on talisman used in the middle ages.
Then why it is bad luck to walk under a ladder? When ladder is leaned against the wall, the ladder formed a triangle with the ground and the wall. The 3 sides of the triangle is believed to represent the family unit : father, mother and child. It is also believe to violate the unity of the family if one passes through the triangle. Some others says that the triangle represent Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which therefore cannot be interrupted by passing through.
If you ever accidentally walk under a ladder, you can save yourself by crossing your fingers and spitting three times through he ladder rungs.
Since the ancient time, salt was considered as the staff of life. No matter how you combine salt with other elements, salt never changes its characteristic. Therefore salt has been classified as an symbol of immortality.
In ancient Rome, people placed a bit of salt onto the mouths of new born babies to bring good luck and long life. In the Middle Ages, salt is sprinkled onto the chest of the dead to ensure an afterlife. The Romans and Greeks toss salt into sacrificial fires in front of their gods.
Many people know it is bad luck to spill salt. If you ever spill salt, you are suppose to toss the spilled grains over your left shoulder. This has been a tradition for a long time but do you know why? The reason is that salt is considered as a lucky charm. Therefore salt is treated like any other charm, amulets or talisman, and cannot touch the ground. That is why it is considered as bad luck when you spilled salt.