In Iceland, elves are a part of the national culture. Many of the country’s 230,000 citizens believe they actually exist. This belief is what led a mob of 150 men and women to protest a NATO military base in Keflavik in 1982. They believed the military was disrespecting the elves and their jets were desecrating the holy ground of the hidden people.
Alone, in the middle of a silent street, Frau Troffea began to dance. It was July of 1518 in Strasbourg, France, when for no reason, Troffea started to dance. Not long after, bewildered neighbors came to watch. Even stranger, Troffea’s silent dancing was joined by first one neighbor and then another. Their dancing was bizarre, and their faces were expressionless.
Are you superstitious? Most people would say no, but in fact, many of us live our lives making off the wall choices. In the US, Friday the 13th is thought to be so unlucky that 10,000 fewer people choose to fly on this day. And businesses also suffer on that day because fewer people are traveling. The effects of the inauspicious number aren’t just limited to travel. Some elevators in the US even forgo the 13th floor, moving from the 12th floor to the 14th floor. Similarly, in Japan and China, people are superstitious about the number 4, so buildings sometimes lack a 4th floor.