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Is This Your Unlucky Day?

Find out how Friday the 13th got its reputation — and the stories behind other popular superstitions

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Seven years of expectations — shattered. — Photo by Sagel & Kranefeld/Corbis

Break a mirror and have 7 years of bad luck

According to the Encyclopedia of Superstitions, people used to believe that the soul of whoever looked in the mirror dwelled inside of it. So, of course, if you cracked a mirror something bad would soon happen to you. Over time, the damage a broken mirror could do was set at seven years. Why seven? Because in numerology, that's the most spiritual of all numbers. 

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