02:53 Some say they're such terrible luck that you shouldn't even go near them, much alone touch them. They're frequently linked to death, the afterlife, and hell. [00:03:03] The bulbs are exceedingly toxic. If you eat them, they will kill you. Spider lilies have a reputation for bringing bad luck because of their association with death. The bulb contains irritant chemicals that can be fatal if ingested. Although the flower is not considered dangerous when handled properly, anyone who is sensitive to plants best avoid them.
There are several species of spider lily in Asia and North America. All produce edible-looking flowers that contain no real meat but rather an extensive network of small tubes that carry liquid food material from inside the flower head to specialized cells at the bottom of the stem. [00:04:56] These foods are then transported through special channels in the stem to more distant flowers. When a bee or other insect visits the spider lily, it deposits pollen from one flower into the stigma of another flower. This way, the spider lily spreads its genes around instead of growing all its energy up its own stalk where it's not needed.
The word "lily" has many different meanings depending on the plant family being discussed. In the lily family (Liliaceae), there are three types of flowers: true lilies, corn lilies, and hare's ears.
Walking under a ladder, for example, is considered bad luck, yet seeing a four-leaf clover is regarded one of the luckiest things that can happen to a person. The four leaves that develop on clovers are an anomaly of the plant, according to the tale behind the superstition. Scientists say it is not really luck but probability that accounts for why some people find four-leaf clovers interesting or even amazing.
The idea of finding a four-leaf clover is based on random chance. There are only about 500 known varieties of clover. So if you find a four-leaf clover it means that there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of finding one. This isn't very high odds, so just by looking at them you aren't going to get very excited about finding another one.
People have been finding four-leaf clovers for thousands of years and they were probably first found by farmers who used them to help decide which seeds to plant. For some reason they thought those seeds would grow well with three leaves and one flower, so they planted them like this. Of course, some of these plants would produce four flowers instead of three, which is when the term "clover" was first used to describe such a plant.
Over time people started making up stories about lucky individuals who lived life to the fullest after finding a clover.
In many cultures, one of these moths flying into the house is considered bad luck; for example, in Mexico, it is believed that if there is sickness in the house and this moth enters, the sick person will die, though a variation on this theme (in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas) is that death only occurs if the moth flies in and... eats you!
The butterfly or moth is called a zenite because it is often seen around midnight. This name comes from the Japanese word for midnight, zenji, which sounds like zenite.
There are several species of Zenite worldwide, with some species being found in other parts of the world as well. For example, the American Zenite, Parzenni, is found from Massachusetts to Florida, while the European Zenite is found across Europe from England to Russia.
These moths are usually about 1/4 inch long with a wingspan of about 1/2 inch. They have orange and black wings with white markings near their bodies. The antennae are thick and curved like needles.
When someone brings good news, a zenite has flown into the house. If something bad happens, a zenite flies out. So, apparently, these moths are good luck - they're associated with happiness and prosperity.
However, not all people believe this. Some people say that when these moths fly into the house, it means trouble coming your way.
Some tribes think that a frog entering your home brings good fortune, while others believe it brings ill luck; the Xhosa tribe believes that a frog in your home may be carrying a spell or a curse. In either case, killing a frog is generally seen as a poor choice. There are several reasons why this might be so. For starters, frogs are known to be sensitive creatures and will often flee from anything that makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable. Also, they do not like water, so if there is any chance that you might be spilling something into your home's plumbing, then it's best to leave the frog alone.
In some countries, such as England and Australia, it is considered very unlucky to kill a frog. This is because frogs represent prosperity and good luck for those who find them, and killing one would be thought to bring about its own misfortune.
Finally, not only is killing a frog considered rude, but so too is eating one. Although frogs eat insects, they also consume a wide variety of other things when they go on vacation. They may drink water, but mostly what they do with their time is party hard and have fun being amphibious. Thus, unless you are trying to create bad luck by eating someone else's pet, there is no need to worry about frogs.
A flower for superstitious people The chrysanthemum is a sign of a long and happy life in Asia. This is why you'll commonly notice the blooms at cemeteries—but don't be enticed to pluck them. According to legend, graveside chrysanthemums bring ill luck, headaches, and even nightmares. It's thought that if you pull one from its stalk, it will curse you with these problems.
The chrysanthemum is also called "florist's rouge" because it is used to make red roses look more vivid. It can be found in many varieties, but all have large white or pink flowers with a green center.
In the Western world, chrysanthemums are mostly known for their use during funerals: they are one of the only flowers that is allowed to be placed on top of a coffin. However, people started associating chrysanthemums with death because they were often given as gifts by employers or friends when someone had died. Today, this tradition has been adopted by businesses when closing down employees or partners.
Finally, chrysanthemums are often included in wreaths to give away your grief and send them off into the future with some happiness.