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Bad luck?

Asked by trudacia (2508points) August 4th, 2008

I broke a mirror today. Am I really going to have 7 years of bad luck?

Within 5 minutes of breaking the mirror I hit my head on my car door….hard!

I realize that if I convince myself that I will have bad luck I most certainly will….

How do these crazy urban legends get started?

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rockstar's avatar

You don’t have bad luck. Perhaps you’re just clumsy :)

trudacia's avatar

Oh that’s for sure!

Adina1968's avatar

No bad luck. You are just having a bad day. Search for a penny on the ground and pick it up. That will turn your like right around! :-)

Indy318's avatar

You’d better stock up on those canned goods (I wouln’t recommend leaving your home) and cover all sharp edges with a ample amount of duct tape because its going to be a long road ahead.

Just playin, bad luck is a self-inflicted and irrational fear that something will go wrong. Your chances of getting hit by car door or anyother unfavorable circumstance werent any greater after breaking the mirror, it was just a coincidence. Just take a night and sleep on it, your luck might surprisingly improve tommorrow morning.

marinelife's avatar

Not to worry. Coincidences happen. A lot.

Indy318's avatar

Oh yea, to answer your question about the origins of the urban legends is that theyre lies (ok maybe some have an ounce of truth in them). Most are linked to cultural folklore, unexplainable instances, or are grand lies created by parents to scare their kids or teach them a lesson. E.g. a accident like yours, a parent probably made up a story so the kid would be too scared to even think about breaking another mirror or to protect the child from cuts and scarpes that may result from sharp shards of glass. So, its safe to leave your house now. :P

marinelife's avatar

Actually, this is a much older superstition and can not be labeled an urban legend. Here is the origin:

“The origin of the “break a mirror, face seven years of bad luck” superstition can be traced back to the Romans, who were the first to create glass mirrors. Just because your culture invents something totally useful like a mirror doesn’t mean you can’t still have some irrational beliefs about its use. The Romans, along with the Greek, Chinese, African and Indian cultures, believed that a mirror had the power to confiscate part of the user’s soul. If the user’s reflected image became distorted in any way, this could mean a corruption of his or her soul.

To make bad matters even worse, if the user should break a mirror it would mean his or her soul would be trapped inside the Bizarro world the mirror represented. Essentially, a broken mirror created a broken soul, which in turn lead to the broken health of the unfortunate user. The Romans also believed that a person’s physical body renewed itself every seven years, so under that criteria it would take seven years before the user’s soul would be fully restored. Up until then, life for a mirror breaker would be one long string of unfortunate events, since he or she no longer had a healthy soul to ward off spiritual evil-doers.

Fortunately, there are also a number of rituals which are said to counteract the very bad hair day created when you break a mirror. Since the pieces of the mirror can still reflect the corrupted soul, the entire mirror should be ground into dust. No reflection, no problem. It is also suggested that after you break a mirror, you should invest in a shovel and bury the pieces under a tree during a full moon. African slaves working in America believed the bad luck could be washed away by placing the pieces in a river flowing in a southerly direction.”

TheHaight's avatar

The self-fulfilling prophecy! You broke a mirror and probably thought to yourself “oh great, I’m going to have bad luck!” if you dwell to much on it…the bad luck seems to always catch up to ya! Well.. That’s how it is for me. Or you’re clumsy (I am too)

zoardyeck's avatar

i hope it’s real that there is no bad luck cause it’s already happen to me when i was 2nd year high school i broke a mirror after the everything became hard for me for about seven years being reject by girls, problem with my father everything is a worst after seven years it’s a miracle after i graduate college i dont find work cuase the work finds me and in an instance i have this wonderful girlfriend but as i this damn shit happens again i broke a mirror again after 2 months my gf left me and i lost my job and now i’m still suffering although i’m making mysel believe that is not true but it’s happening to me again!!! what shall i suppose to do!!! i been doom agian for another 7 years!!! shit happens…. T_T

zoardyeck's avatar

i’m still in horror! i hope the bad luck isn’t true cause i dot wanna experience it again T_T

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