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10 Unbelievable Things People Say

10 Unbelievable Things People Say

Life is a teacher. The more you live, the more you learn from it. Life has its own way of teaching us some of the most important lessons we never learned in class. We meet new people, some leave and some stay but whatever happens, happens for our own good. I have met many different people in the 21 years of my existence. Each one had something to say. Some gave me valuable advice and insights while the others inspired me to write this article. I live in a country which is a plethora of different cultures, languages and religions. Everyone has their own beliefs. As ridiculous as they may seem, we can’t be sure if they are made-up or true. Here are 10 unbelievable things people say.

1. If you are a young woman with long hair, never leave it open and venture out at night. 

What they say: Superstitions prevail in India in spite of all the modernization. Most of them are harmless like this one. Elders believe that it is unsafe for a young woman to venture out at night with her hair left open.

Reason: Young girls are vulnerable to being possessed by evil spirits. These are the spirits of young men and women with unfulfilled desired. They couldn’t complete what they started and look for young souls to possess so that they can carry on with their mission. Indians have a fondness for long black hair. May be that’s why they added the ‘hair left open’ criteria here.

The Truth: I’ve been out at night with my hair open and fortunately I’ve never had any bad experience. Spirits can target anyone and the length of your hair doesn’t matter (obviously!).

2. A pregnant woman is a spirit-magnet.

What they say: Indian people can give you some of the best advice whether you want it or not. Folks believe that a pregnant woman (including the first week after delivery) attracts evil spirits. The woman might have never seen the spirit before but when she is pregnant, the spirit manifests itself in front of her.

Reason: Spirits might be attracted to the nursing mother or her unborn child. This even applies to a woman who is in the first week post delivery.

The Truth: I didn’t believe this until my aunt (a trusted source) recollected one of her childhood experiences. This story was about her late mother who was at that time in the first week post delivery. One night her mother was sitting at the door and noticed a hen running around. She followed the hen to the terrace and what she saw left her speechless. She kept falling ill after that incident. She said she was being followed by the same woman she saw on the terrace. She lived in fear and the illness had taken a toll on her. She eventually passed away after 2 years.

Some say that pregnant women experience heightened senses due to which they notice every minute thing happening around them.

3. If you look in the mirror at 12 am on Valentine’s Day, you will see your future husband/wife.

What they say: My grandmother told me this when I was a kid. I was very curious to know who my future husband would be but I was scared to look in the mirror at 12. She told me that there was a man who was working late once. He happened to look in the mirror and seen a squint woman instead of his own reflection. It was 14th February 12 am midnight (He didn’t know that). Years later he married the same squint woman he had seen in the mirror.

Reason: It’s Valentine’s Day! Who doesn’t want to know about his future bride/bridegroom?

The Truth: I am sure this is not true. This is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard.

4. Keep your left palm on the right side of your chest and sleep at night. You will have an Out-of-Body-Experience (OBE)

What they say: I read this on a website www.yourghoststories.com where users share their true experiences. There was a woman who claimed that her husband has had many out-of-body-experiences using this method. It is also called Astral Body Projection wherein the astral body leaves the physical body and is free to travel around. A person performing this can see his physical body in a state of rest. According to the method, you need to sleep with your left palm on the right side of your chest.

Reason: The woman did not state any reason. I wonder how true this is. I have never tried because I find astral projection risky. What if I am unable to enter my body? What if I get stuck in the astral plane? I guess I’ll never know.

The Truth: Astral Projection is very real but this method of performing it is highly doubtful. I might try astral projection when I have mustered up enough courage. It is supposed to be safe because the astral body is tied to the physical body by an invisible cord called the silver cord.

5. If you have a broad forehead, you will become rich.

What they say: Some people say that a person with a broad forehead is very lucky. He or she is most likely to become rich and live a luxurious life.

Reason: Someone with a broad forehead must have written this.

The Truth: This is completely false. Not everyone with a broad forehead is lucky or rich.

6. If you have a dimple, you are extremely lucky. 

What they say: They say exactly what the title mentions, ‘If you have a dimple, you are extremely lucky’. This applies to people with just one dimple on either cheek.

Reason: The world is obsessed with dimples. Women undergo surgeries in order to achieve beautiful dimples like Cheryl Cole.

The Truth: This is so not true. The only thing I believe is that if you have a dimple, you instantly qualify as cute.

7. If you put your blood on a snake’s forehead, the snake becomes your protector. 

What they say: Many years back I spent my holidays at a family friends’ place. It was like a village, not very modern. We were talking about snakes and how they enter people’s houses. That’s when I came face to face with this apparently true fact.

Reason: Snakes are worshiped in India (Google Lord Shiva). They are considered sacred.

The Truth: No one in my knowledge has ever tried this, The person who told me this had no true story to back this up. Hence, I don’t believe it.

8. Lucky is the one who witnesses a eunuch’s funeral.

What they say: If you are fortunate to witness a eunuch’s funeral, you will be blessed with riches. The Eunuch community in India keep their affairs private. Their funeral processions happen during the wee hours when the streets are empty.

Reason: The Eunuch Community in India is intriguing to many.

The Truth: My dad witnessed their funeral when he was very young. The dead body was made to sit on a chair and was carried by other eunuchs in a procession. If this belief was true I wouldn’t be sitting her blogging about random things. I would be out shopping and enjoying life like a spoiled brat (just kidding!).

9. If you possess strands of a witch’s hair, she will become your slave for life. 

What they say: In India, a witch is called a chudail or daayan. Her power lies in her hair. A person who possesses strands of her hair can make her do anything for him. She becomes his slave for life until she gets hold of those strands (danger!).

Reason: There are many stories about chudails and daayans. I wish I knew from where this belief originated.

The Truth: I have heard many stories about people who have made witches their slaves with a few strands of hair as leverage. The best way is to sew the strands into your skin or hide it somewhere she will never find it. The witch will constantly beg you to reveal the hiding place but you need to be strong.

10. A Pair of Cobras knows as Icchadhaari Naag and Naagin can transform themselves into human beings whenever they want to.

What they say: Icchadhaari is the Hindi word which means ‘transforming according to will’. Naag and Naagin means a pair of cobras, one male and the other female. People in India believe than an Icchadhaari Naag and Naagin are blessed by Lord Shiva. They can switch between snake and human form at their own free will.

Reason: Snakes are considered sacred in India.

The Truth: No one has ever seen cobras change into human beings. Just like mermaids, leprechauns and fairies, the Icchadhaari Nag and Naagin tale is a piece of fiction.

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8 Horror Movies You Should Watch

I’ve always been a fan of horror movies. I can watch even the silliest movies if it’s horror. Later, I do regret watching them but I can’t get enough of horror. Since I’ve seen every good movie that there is, I try to search for random movies that might interest me. I check for reviews and summaries that are often very reliable, thanks to IMDb. Out of all the horror flicks I’ve ever watched, these 8 movies never seem to disappoint the people I recommend them to. Here are 8 horror movies you should watch (in my opinion)

1. Dead Silence (2007): Not many people I know have watched this movie. This is such a great movie, one of my all-time favorites. The story is interesting and will keep you glued to the television. The object of horror, a doll named Billy is scary, hands down. Dolls can look pretty deadly when possessed, remember Chucky (Child’s Play) and Annabelle (The Conjuring)? Billy is not the only horror element here, the evil spirit of Mary Shaw takes the cake. She was a ventriloquist and the reason behind Billy’s evil ways. I do not wish to give out any spoilers. Watch this movie alone (with no lights on) if you dare to.

8 Movies You Should Watch - Dead Silence, Mary Shaw

“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls.

And if you see her do not scream; or she’ll rip your tongue out, at the seam.

And if you see her remember this, the only thing that can stop her is dead silence.”

2. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007): I’ve watched all the other parts of Wrong Turn but this one is by far the best. The story revolves around a group of small-time celebrities that are contestants of a survival reality game show. Like all the other wrong turn movies, this one too is based in forest of West Virginia. There are cannibals that mercilessly kill people. They are not mere cannibals, they have deformed faces and unclear speech. You should watch this movie if you like horror flicks like ‘The Hills Have Eyes’. It’s a decent watch especially if you can’t think of anything better.

8 Horror You Should Watch - Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

3. The Sixth Sense (1999): This movie is not really scary but what makes it stand out is the brilliant story and execution. There are ghosts in this superb horror flick but they aren’t blood thirsty or outright evil. The story is about a troubled 9 year-old, Cole who can see and communicate with spirits. Malcom Crowe, an award-winning child psychologist is determined to cure Cole in this highly rated horror movie (8.2/10 on IMDb) Watch this flick if you value a good story over cheesy scare tactics.

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - The 6th Sense

4. Insidious Chapters 1 & 2 (2010, 2013): My best friend had suggested this movie to me. I was not interested at first (what was I thinking!) but I’m glad I watched it. In part one, the protagonist is a child named Dalton who falls into a coma. It’s up to his family and a psychic, Elise to prevent him from being trapped in another realm called ‘The Further’. The second part is connected to the first. There are certain potholes in part one that are filled in part two.

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - Insidious

Insidious 2 is much scarier that Insidious 1. With some chilling scenes and a good story line, this movie series is a must-watch in my opinion. The buzz is, filming for Insidious 3 will soon begin. I can’t wait for that!

5. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995): Tales from the Crypt Series is a classic. I remember watching some episodes as a kid sans the X-rated scenes. Some episodes were disturbing but I still loved watching the show. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight is not an episode but a movie. As a kid, I found it frightening and gripping at the same time. This tale is about a man who owns the last of the seven keys. These keys are special containers that hold the blood of Christ. They were scattered across the universe so that they don’t not fall in the wrong hands (demons). If you are a ‘Tales from the Crypt’ fan, make sure you watch this movie. It is old but undoubtedly gold.

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - Demon Knight

6. Ginger Snaps (2000): This horror movie is not your typical werewolf flick. I like how they portrayed the relationship between two sisters, Ginger and Bridget and added a werewolf element to it. Ginger is the big sister, bold and outgoing while Bridget is the shy and introvert little sister who is often bullied in school. When Ginger gets bitten by a creature in the dark, all hell breaks loose. She slowly transforms into a werewolf and develops a taste for human flesh. The only person who can stop her is her dear sister Bridget. This movie is dark and a little gory. A must-watch in my opinion for people who like werewolf tales.

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - Ginger Snaps

7. Child’s Play (1988): I have a feeling you’ve watched this 80’s horror movie. Almost everyone I come across knows about Child’s Play. My grandmother watched it and said that it changed her perspective of dolls. She used to find dolls harmless but now she thinks differently. The movie is about an evil doll, Chucky possessed by the spirit of a serial killer (terrifying). Chucky has a mission (watch the movie to know) and anyone who gets in between is murdered. I recommend this horror movie to people who haven’t watched it and would like a blast from the past.

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - Child's Play

8. Pet Sematary (1989): This is one helluva movie. Pet Sematary is one of Stephen King’s best work. I want to watch it again soon. This movie is dark, terrifying and an amazing adaptation of the book. This is a true classic and it deserves that title. The story revolves around a family that has just moved to a new house in the countryside. The only unusual thing about the location is a mysterious cemetery behind the house. I will not divulge much even if you’ve already seen the movie. There are people who don’t even know about it so this is for their good. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to know what real horror is. Hail Stephen King!

8 Horror Movies You Should Watch - Pet Sematary

These were some of my favorite horror movies. I do like gory and thrilling movies with lots of slashing and blood shed but without a decent story, everything is a waste.

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