Imprinted Pong Balls Are Great For Your Brand

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Since the dawn of time, necessity has always been the mother of invention. Are those mammoth steaks too raw, fella? Try some fire! Having trouble lugging all those rocks back and forth? Say hello to the wheel! Feel the need to both slap and chop something? Vince’s gotcha covered.

However, until the early 1950’s, college students everywhere were thirsty for an entertaining party game. Surprising as it may sound, standing around and socializing about Eisenhower’s latest policies wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable pastime. So a few innovative minds at Dartmouth college decided to shake things up a bit.

What goes best with alcohol consumption? A game of hand-eye coordination, of course! Thus, beer pong was born. In its infancy, the game was played with paddles and a net, much like standard table tennis. However, because a drunken individual and a blunt object may not be the best companions, some changes had to be made. Around about the 1980’s, the game was simplified to the red-cup-pyramid version we see in campuses and garages across America today. Renowned among frat guys and tailgaters alike, beer pong is the cornerstone of many celebrations.

What would any game of beer pong be without the ping pong balls? Well, probably not a much of a game at all. Just a bunch of cups on a table. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about pong ball shortage. rushIMPRINT offers an enormous variety of custom ping pong balls onto which you can imprint whatever logo you need. Think about it – boatloads (yes that’s the scientific estimate) of people across the country play beer pong every day. As a company, would you rather they use a plain, white ball, or one with your logo screen printed all over it? Though their memory of last night’s party might be forever lost, the morning after spent cleaning up garbage, pizza, bottles and ping pong balls is sure to stick with them. With rushIMPRINT’s custom pong balls, so can your brand.

Aside from their collegiate uses, custom ping pong balls are great to help raise productivity and promote healthy activity in the workplace. Many offices have a lounge or break room with a ping pong table. With your company’s logo imprinted on each ball, your brand will be showcased with every serve. Our regulation-size balls come in a variety of colors and can be coordinated to perfectly complement your company’s logo. Great to giveaway for corporate wellness programs or to youth and community centers, ping pong balls make excellent promotional products.

Not sure what branded merchandise would best work within your marketing mix? Get a hold of one of our helpful product specialists at 1-866-277-7874 or chat live directly on our site. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Rally Towels, Not Just For Football

In just a few weeks, that magical time of year will be upon us. As the leaves begin to turn, football season will be in full-swing. Crowds will flood stadiums in a sea of home-team color. Men and women will gather around the couch with tablets and phones in-hand, shouting in victory or sobbing in defeat as the players of their fantasy leagues face off against each other.

But no matter if your team is the Bills or the Broncos, the Cowboys or the Redskins, one thing remains constant; you want to show your support. What better way to do this than by waving a custom-imprinted rally towel?

Aside from pumping up the crowd with a twirl and a shout, rally towels serve to promote brand recognition for football franchises. Everyone who sees these colorful tokens are being exposed to the message the franchise is trying to convey; “Our Team is the best!” Your business can benefit from rally towels in much the same way.

custom rally towelsPeople can always find a good use for custom rally towels . This makes them a great choice for a promotional product. From sports to weddings, their application versatility allows for a great deal of exposure in a wide variety of areas. Not only will your logo be in front of customers’ eyes on a repeat basis, but all of those surrounding them will also learn to recognize your logo and associate it with quality products.

Don’t let the low price fool you. Even cheap rally towels such as our best-selling model #TRU-18, are made of high quality materials and crafted with care. At rushIMPRINT, we strive to provide a promotional item on which you will be proud to display your company’s logo. These towels are made of 100% cotton, and the large 15” by 18” area is designed to quickly absorb moisture. Customers who’ve ordered this towel have expressed their satisfaction directly on the product page:

When choosing a promotional item for your branding campaign, you want something that will be used on a regular basis, and will receive continued exposure over its lifetime. Promotional rally towels such as the Go Go Rally towel, with its large 10” x 8” imprint area to showcase your logo, will give you a great return on your investment, and provide your company exposure in areas where you would not ordinarily have access.

When you prefer something a little different to stand out either as a giveaway or as a gift, a selection such as the Sport Towel in a Bag, made of 100% polyester microfiber, or the Jewel Collection fingertip sport/stadium rally towels may be just what you are looking for. Rather than a cheap throwaway item at your next convention or tradeshow, concentrate your branding efforts on an item that is sure to please all who receive it.

Select the design of promotional rally towels that best suits your advertising needs, and give one of our helpful agents at rushIMPRINT a call at 1-866-277-7874. We’re here Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Why Your Business Needs Team Builders

“Team Builders, huh?”

Yea, I know. But humor me for a moment, ok? Suspend the eye rolling and smarmy scoffs – you know, the ones that usually follow shortly after someone mentions the words “team” and “builder” in short succession. Keep an open mind and I promise by the end of this post you’ll think about it in a different light.

Within the dregs of nine-to-five monotony, it’s often easy for employees and employers alike to become complacent; satisfied in the same comfortable routine, day in, and day out. Sure, productivity isn’t suffering, so why change?

Well, because it’s not improving, either.

Consistency can be great when it comes to things like punctuality, assembly line manufacturing, and remembering to call your gram on her birthday, but if you’re seeking advancement rather than plateaus (and you should be), it’s time to mix it up a bit. Crush that office stagnation with a Team Building day.

What are the Benefits of Team Building Exercises?

They break the ice like a massive Arctic Ship.

ice breaker

Everyone has those first conversation insecurities. We try small talk.

“So, how about this rain, Jim? It’s quite a thing when water falls from the sky is it not?”

“Our home team achieved more points than their opponents. We should feel victorious by association, no?”

“Coffee is good at making one feel less tired, would you not agree?”

“Monday is certainly a day of the week.”

Not much substance there. These types of conversations are great for robots, but do nothing to encourage coworkers to connect on a deeper level. It’s understandable, though. Often, the fear of not knowing what to say or saying the wrong thing (or maybe just lack of coffee) leaves many people avoiding office dialogues altogether.

Instead of just going through the motions, try putting together a team building exercise. This will provide a means of conversation to those employees who may not, under normal circumstances, have the opportunity to talk to each other. It’s hard to feel disconnected to your fellow coworker when a three-legged race has the two of you literally bound at the shins.

By facilitating workplace communication with hands-on activities, you’ll get all the members of your team talking to each other and working like a finely-oiled machine.

They Jump-start employee morale

Sometimes, it’s great to be rewarded beyond a paycheck. Everyone loves being told they’ve done a great job. Helping your employees feel inspired and motivated outside of the office can help boost morale. As corny as it may sound, participating in team building activities can give employees the sense that they’re part of a winning team.

And of course, they’re fun!

It’s work. You can’t expect to have the time of your life from Monday through Friday. You get in, do your job and come home. Home is where you enjoy yourself.

At the same time, there’s no rule that says you can’t inject a little fun here and there, especially when that fun is productive. Games are a great way to break up the tedium. When people are enjoying themselves at work, they become more productive, creative, and motivated.

How Facebook Likes Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Having tons of likes on Facebook is the goal for just about any social media manager in the business, but those big numbers may be hiding a dark tincture that’s slowly poisoning your online presence. What am I talking about? Allow me to explain.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and stumbled on an interesting video. Produced by Veritasium, a popular YouTube science channel, this 9-minute research piece digs deep into the legitimacy of Facebook likes. If you’re unfamiliar with Veritasium, don’t worry that it’s going to be some boring lecture. They put out well-presented and engaging content that’s thoroughly worth watching in its entirety. (The graph at 3:10 into the video does well to help illustrate the points being made.)

Didn’t want to watch the video? Fair enough. I’ll summarize…

Buying likes

As you may or may not already know (I didn’t), there are two ways of purchasing likes through Facebook:

  • The Illegitimate Way:
      Paying a click farm X amount of dollars for Y number of likes. Employees of these overseas click farms are paid roughly $1.00 per 1,000 clicks. This method is explicitly forbidden by Facebook.
  • The Legitimate Way:
      Using Facebook’s built-in Ads; Paying Facebook X amount of dollars for a targeted campaign to reach an audience as defined by you.
  • Now while it may seem like the 2nd option may be a better way to grow an audience that actually cares about and engages with the things we share on social, the sad and unfortunate truth is, these targeted Facebook ads are also getting clicks from overseas click farms.

    “Why is this happening?”

    Well, as the video explains, apart from clicking “like” when explicitly paid to, overseas clickers in places like Egypt, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakista, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal also click “like” for free on just about anything. They do this to seem more genuine and avoid detection from Facebook’s fraud algorithms.

    “See, we’re also liking X, Y, and Z, we must be actual Facebook users!”

    I know what you’re thinking…

    “No big deal, we have a lot of likes that don’t engage, so what?”

    Well, A major downside to having tons of likes with zero engagement is that Facebook uses this metric to determine whether or not to show your posts on your followers’ news feeds. This would explain why some of rushIMPRINT’s posts weren’t showing up on our news feeds, even though we had liked the page. No matter how you slice it, buying likes (whether through click farms or targeted campaigns) is a sure-fire way to kill your engagement on the spot.

    “Alright, so how do I get genuine likes?”

    Figure out what questions your customers are asking. Create content that revolves around answering those questions. Share content from influencers in your field that address these issues. Post about topics that not only help your customer base, but also include things they want to view and share. No matter what type of business you’re running, the principle of content creation remains the same. Starting a new clothing company? Try creating posts on the hottest fashion trends of the season, how to wear the trendiest new attire, or maybe ways to revive your wardrobe using old hand-me-downs or clothes from the back of your closet. The possibilities are plentiful.

    What Facebook posts have garnered the most likes for you? Which ones have gained the least? Have you attempted any unconventional or whacky tactics to try and go viral? Did they succeed or flop?

    6 Habits We Could All Easliy Adopt to Better Our Earth

    Although I have no nifty studies to reference, nor do I have a fancy, eyeball-dazzling infographic, I’m not sure I need either to safely say that the vast majority of us definitely care about the environment and our impact on it.

    That being said, I also believe that it’s part of human nature to want to do things in the easiest, quickest, and most convenient way possible. No matter how strong the desire is to do the right thing, bad habits tend have a way of gettin’ all Bruce Willis on us and dyin’ hard.

    While it may seem financially sound, logic such as: “Heck with buying reusabable grocery bags, they’re free at checkout!” tends to work against the best interests of the environment. Sure, you save a handful of bucks using disposables, but the environmental cost, as I’m about to explain, is much greater.

    Here are 6 Habits We Could All Easily Adopt to Better Our Earth:

    Every year, Americans use roughly 100 billion (with a “b”!) plastic bags. Shopping with reusable grocery totes is great way to reduce this massive number. Apart from being eco-friendly, the Hercules Shopping Bag is as strong as its namesake.

    reusable grocery tote

    Thirsty for another statistic? Sip on this: It takes 3 liters of water and about .25 liters of oil to manufacture a 1 liter plastic bottle; all for a product that gets tossed out regularly. Americans use about 70 million plastic water bottles every day, which breaks down to about 2.5 per hour. Refillable tumblers are a much more efficient and eco-friendly option. As an added bonus, many are even biodegradable.

    custom tumblers

    Due to its strong fibers, cardboard can be recycled several times over, which helps reduce the impact on landfills. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic feet of landfill space. Inside the pages of a recycled cardboard journal would be a great place to take note of this.

    recycled cardboard journal

    Repurposing materials saves an incredible amount of energy. The Eco Pen is made with 100% recycled paper, 98% recycled plastic, and has a natural wooden clip. Oh, and you can write things with it, too.

    recycled pens

    Clothing made with toxic dyes can taint the environment. Instead, consider shopping for clothes made with a more Earth-friendly method. The Eco Fleece is tailored using low-impact manufacturing, which eliminates environmentally-harmful chemicals and practices from the process.

    eco fleece

    The air indoors isn’t exempt from pollution! A desktop plant can help reduce the presence of airborne dust, mold, and bacteria. Add a Mini Watering Can Blossom Kit for a greener, cleaner addition to both your indoor space and marketing mix.

    office plants



    Introducing rushIMPRINT’s new (and exclusive) imprinting method: InvisibleInk™!

    After months of intensive research, our ink development team has finally perfected a way of incorporating cutting-edge cloaking technology with our imprinting methods. The result? An imprint so innovative it has to be seen to be believed!

    See it in action

    Watch as our Imprint Engineers apply the proprietary ink to a garment.

    What is it?

      InvisibleInk™ is an embellishing method exclusive to rushIMPRINT. With InvisibleInk™, you’re able to customize promos with your logo like never before!

    What it means for you

    An expedited design process

    • Never worry about coordinating the perfect color with your chosen promo. InvisibleInk™ is always a match!
  • A more durable Imprint

    • InvisibleInk™ will not smudge, peel, fade, crack, or wear off your merchandise, guaranteed!
  • Faster turnaround than ever before!

    • With InvisibleInk™, your products are virtually ready to ship the moment you finish the checkout process.
  • Dramatic increase in brand awareness

    • By being early adopters of this groundbreaking technology, your company, as well as the recipients of your imprinted merchandise, will be seen as trendsetters in your respective fields. Similar to the way in which mobile phones rendered the landline obsolete, merchandise imprinted with InvisibleInk™ will soon become the new norm. People will come to trust your brand and respect you as the influencers you are.
  • Exponential ROI

    • Clients will be clamoring for merchandise imprinted with InvisibleInk™. As one of the first companies to incorporate these types of promos into your campaign, your sales will dominate the competition. View the chart below for reference:
  • Imprint your promos imprinted with InvisibleInk™ today!

    Choosing InvisibleInk™ is simple. Browse any of our thousands of products as you normally would. Once you’ve selected one that’s perfect for your campaign (might I recommend the Malibu Sunglasses), click the “Yes” option under “Use rushIMPRINT proprietary InvisibleInk™”. That’s it! Sooner than you know it, you’ll be opening your box of freshly-imprinted promos, hot off the presses.

    How to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables – Even in a Small Apartment

    If you’re anything like me, you’re into living healthy. In addition to keeping active – or at least giving it the ol’ college try – a great way to stay in shape is to eat organic foods. However, delicious and nutritious though they may be, their prices are often hard to swallow.

    Healthy living definitely has a high cost-of-entry, but what can you do about it? Organic foods are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill, overly-processed muckity-muck, and understandably so. Their smaller volume, lower demand, larger and more diverse work force required, and inability to scale due to the diversity of numerous markets all account for their cost.

    So what’s a person to do? It’s not like we all have acres of farmland or copious amounts of expendable income. Are we supposed to just swallow our pride along with those GMOs and wash it all down with our hopes and dreams of staying fit? I vote nay, and so does!

    Imagine being able to grow your own kale in the same place you kick your feet up to binge watch the latest season of House of Cards. Well guess what. You can totally can do that, and will hold your hand each step of the way.

    Their pot size selector helps you live out your old Macdonald fantasies with something as small as a plastic cup. Additionally, enter the dimensions of your own custom cup or container to proceed to the next step.

    Choose your container size, click next, and you’ll be given a selection of glorious and organic munchables that can be on your plate in as little as a few weeks.

    On top of that, they even tell you where other farm hopefuls goofed up so you can know what not to do! It’s really an incredible site, and can help you save money on your organic vegetables.

    Try starting your own garden in some of our custom tumblers or custom mason jars and hand out fresh produce to your favorite clients or employees!

    6 Facts to Clear up Your St. Patrick’s Day Ignorance

    As a child, I remember celebrating March 17th in a few fun ways. I’d wear my green crayon down to a stub on festive coloring books, cut out clovers from green construction paper, and if I was lucky, slurp a couple bowls of that toasted oats and marshmallow cereal – you know the one. As I grew older, I abandoned coloring books and green crayons, and the only thing I was slurping down was green beer. However, between the pots of gold, leprechauns, and rainbows, I never fully understood the history behind the day. Instead, I was content in my ignorance and let myself be ensorcelled by the magic of it all.

    However, as sites like point out, ignorance isn’t always bliss. Irish heritage is something in which millions take pride; something that many of us may be unwittingly trampling all over. In order to clear up any ambiguity, allow me to offer 5 facts about St. Patrick’s Day of which you might not have been aware. (I sure wasn’t)

    1. St. Patrick was not born in Ireland.

    It may be shocking to find out that St. Patrick was not actually born in Ireland, but Roman Britain in the fourth century. His early years were spent living under the roof of his wealthy father, a deacon of the Christian church. However, when he was merely 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Gaelic Ireland, where he would spend six years against his will working as a shepherd. It was during this time he “found God”, escaped from, and later returned to Ireland to convert Pagans to Christianity.

    2. There aren’t now, nor were there ever snakes in Ireland.

    Although the popular myth recounting St. Patrick’s heroic exile of all snakes from Ireland may be a great bedtime story to tell the wee lasses and lads, it simply isn’t true – at least not when taken literally. Currently, no species of snake inhabits the Emerald Isle, but research by National Geographic indicates that it was in fact the Ice Age, not St. Patrick, that’s responsible for Ireland’s snake-less nature. The “snakes” may be interpreted in a more metaphorical sense referring to St. Patrick converting Pagans to Christianity.

    3. It’s a 3-leaved clover, not 4!

    To help him explain the Christian Holy Trinity to the Pagans, St. Patrick used the three leaves of a clover to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Christian religion. Although it is considered lucky if you stumble upon a clover with 4 leaves, as they are fairly uncommon, it has nothing to do with St. Patrick.

    4. Wait, why are we wearing green?

    Great question. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve always personally just associated the color green with St. Patrick’s Day and never really considered the meaning behind it. The whole idea that “Green=St. Patrick’s Day” has been ingrained in my mind since youth, and I imagine it’s the same with a lot of other folks as well. Sure, the shamrock’s association to this day might certainly be a reason behind the green-washing, though it goes a bit deeper. Initially, the color first adopted by holiday patrons was “St. Patrick’s blue”, a light, almost pastel color. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that green was adopted by the United Irishmen, a republican organization launched in rebellion against the 1798 British Rule. Ever since, the color green has been associated with Irish nationalism.

    5. Alcohol was forbidden!

    It might come as quite a shock, but until 1970, when it was officially recognized as a national holiday in Ireland, there wasn’t a single pub open on St. Patrick’s Day! This civic sobriety is a far cry from today, in which an estimated $245 million dollars is spent in bars worldwide on just beer alone. This doesn’t even take into account shots of liquor, tips for the bartender, or orders of corned beef and cabbage.

    6. This year will celebrate the 253rd Annual NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade

    One of the world’s largest, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is still celebrated in much the same way it was back in 1763 – no floats, automobiles, or any modern accommodations are permitted. Hundreds of thousands people march up Fifth avenue the same way the colonists did: on foot!

    Hopefully this helped to not only teach you a bit about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, but also get you pumped for this weekend’s festivities! In case I don’t see ya, happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin go Bragh!

    5 Ways Promotional Marketing Products Help Your Business

    Promotional Marketing Products
    Many marketers may see something like an imprinted pen, promotional magnet, or pair of custom sunglasses and think to themselves, “Why bother? What could something like that do for my brand awareness that my website or TV ad isn’t already doing?” That’s a fair question and skepticism is healthy, but allow me to address those questions and hopefully shed some light on the subject. Here are 5 ways in which promotional marketing products help your business.

    Grow Brand Awareness
    Whether your business is large or small, one goal remains a constant: expansion. Everyone’s in the business of growing their business, and if you want yours to be booming, you’ve got to be on customer’s minds. Awareness, that’s the theme here, and while commercials and billboards certainly do their fair share, having your name on something a customer uses on a day-to-day basis is much more powerful. Your company’s name or logo on a mug, for example, assures that not only do they see it every time they take that soothing, hot sip of java, but also make a subconscious connection between that feeling and your brand.

    Low-cost, high exposure
    Sometimes money’s tight, we can understand that. No need to fret, though. There are still plenty of budget-savvy promos to choose from that offer enormous exposure for trade shows or events at an incredibly low cost. The return on investment for these inexpensive items is immense, as something as simple as an imprinted pen can have a lasting impact on customer loyalty. Think about it, how many times have you gotten a free toothbrush from your dentist’s office? Pretty much every visit, right? Weren’t you pretty pumped about those? I know I was, though I’m big on oral hygiene. Maybe you like cavities, I don’t know. The point is, even cheap promos can have a tremendously positive effect on your brand awareness.

    Better than just a business card
    Any true marketer (or American Psycho enthusiast) will tell you that absolutely, business cards are essential to the serious professional. However, promotional products offer a more creative and fun outlet for brand endorsement. While it’s important to remain true to certain business practices, consider handing out an additional item along with the staple business card to make a more memorable impact on that potential client.

    One-time cost, constant exposure
    TV and Radio ads are great, but they cost money every time you want to run them. Billboard ads and web page banner ads are subject to a monthly fee or pays-per-click. While all of these are unquestionably effective marketing tactics, wouldn’t it be more cost-effective to spend the money once, and then have your product advertise itself? When you select a promotional product that you know your customers are going to use often, you can be sure that not only will your brand be consistently in view, but even better than that, you don’t have to keep paying for it.

    Versatile addition to your marketing portfolio
    It’s always a good idea to cover all your bases. What kind of team would the Yankees be if they only had a shortstop and center fielder? A few adjectives come to mind: Incomplete, pathetic, laughable. Don’t let your brand be any of these things. Instead, take a multi-faceted approach to marketing. Rather than relying solely on television ads, billboards, or a website to spread company awareness, incorporate promotional products into your marketing mix. Being able to synergize your brand with useful, trendy, and fun products is a key component of stellar brand awareness.

    13 Mysteries and Superstitions to Celebrate Friday the 13th

    Superstitions abound – it’s that purportedly unlucky time of the year once more! Today is Friday the 13th, which to some, means avoiding: sidewalk cracks, messing with black cats, breaking mirrors, passing underneath ladders, opening umbrellas indoors, and other similar activities that, quite honestly, would be inadvisable any other day of the year anyways.

    Don’t fret! Instead of cowering under a blanket, put your paraskevidekatriaphobia aside and celebrate today in its entire supernatural splendor. To help you along, here is a collection 13 bizarre superstitions and inexplicable events to set the mood.

    1. The Cumberland Spaceman

      In 1964 on Burgh Marsh in Cumbria, England, fireman, photographer, and local historian Jim Templeton took three photographs of his daughter while the two were on a day trip. Of the three photos, one in particular contained a mysterious figure that Templeton claims to have not seen until after the photographs were developed. The picture has been confirmed by Kodak as authentic and unaltered, and the phenomenon remains unexplained to this day

      Cumberland Space Man

      2. The Black Knight UFO Satellite

      Even before the space race between the United States and Russia, a mysterious black satellite had been sighted in polar orbit around the earth. No civilization on Earth had the technology at that time for such advanced space exploration. This has been linked to events as early as 1899, during which time, scientist Nikola Tesla reported discovery of an electronic signal he believed was being transmitted from space. To this day, nobody knows exactly what the ominous orbiting black object is.

      Black Knight UFO Satellite

      3. Babushka Lady

      The Babushka lady is the nickname given to a woman who was mysteriously present during, and may have photographed or filmed the events of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. She got her nickname from the traditionally Russian headscarf she was wearing in the photos. After an investigation by the FBI, and many eyewitness reports as well as video evidence show her holding a camera, The Babushka Lady never came forward, nor was her alleged photographic evidence of the assassination ever found.

      Babushka Lady

      4. Throwing Salt

      Have you ever seen somebody spill salt and then immediately chuck it over their shoulder in an anxious fit? Wild right? It’s believed by some that the devil is constantly watching creepily over your left shoulder. Because historically, it was considered bad luck to spill salt, as it was an extremely valuable commodity, it was believed that throwing salt over one’s left shoulder would blind the devil, thus keeping you safe.

      spilled salt

      5. Walking Under Ladders

      So back in the Middle Ages, the ladder was thought to represent the holy trinity. Resting against a wall or unfolded on the ground, it resembled a triangle. Walking under this triangle was believed to be an affront against the father, son, and holy spirit and as such, was avoided.


      6. Black Cats

      During the Salem Witch Trials of the 17th century, it was believed that witches not only had black cats, but could turn into them as well. With fear of sorcery and superstition running rampant during that time, it’s clear to see how this fear originated.
    Black Cat - Tim

    7. Wishing on a shooting star

      If you’re a child who grew up on Disney movies, you’re definitely aware that wishing on a shooting star is most likely the best way to have your dreams come true. Well this particular belief goes back way further than Pinocchio. In the first century, A.D. Mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, poet, and just all-around smart guy Ptolemy theorized that shooting stars were actually the gods looking down upon us.
    shooting star

    8. Opening an Umbrella indoors

      During a time in which people used umbrellas mainly to shield themselves from the sun, opening one indoors was considered to be an insult to the sun god. The tradition, like many others, has carried over, though why you’d open one indoors anyways is a mystery to me. Maybe you’re displaying your custom umbrellas at a trade show?

    9. Holding Your Breath When Passing a Cemetery

      As one may expect, there is a clear connection between breathing and life. So the origins of the “hold your breath while passing a cemetery” may be a bit easier to understand. Additionally, a deeper, more spiritual connection is also believed to hold a strong place in many early religious beliefs.

    10. Throwing Coins into a Fountain.

      Many may remember the pivotal scene in Goonies in which the crew is gathered at the bottom of the well full of discarded coins and wishes. The scene in which Mouth finds his wish. And it didn’t come true. So he took it back. He took them all back. Records indicate that early religious believers threw coins into fountains to pay tribute to the Celtic water goddess Coventina.
    Warsaw Fountain

    11. Lucky Rabbits Foot

      Records from at least 600 BCE Western Europe indicates that the belief in “totemism”- the thought that animals were the ancestors of humans – was wildly popular. A rabbit’s foot was believed to not only increase one’s luck, but also strengthen fertility. Turns out knockin’ boots like rabbits isn’t such a modern joke as we may have thought.
    Rabbits Foot Charm Amulet

    12. Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother’s Back

      In 1907, Fletcher Bascom Dressler, author of “Superstition and Education” officially put into print the superstition that stepping on a crack will undoubtedly cause your mother some extreme spinal problems, or at least a little lower lumbar pain. Not sure how the connection was made here, but just to play it safe, I’ve been avoiding cracks anyways.
    Free Crumbling Cracked Cement Texture Creative Commons

    13. Breaking a Mirror

      A lot of cultures believed (or might still believe) that a mirror is capable of capturing one’s soul. It’s clear to see why, then, breaking such an important spirit-capturing device could spell disaster…well, at least for seven years anyways. Sidenote: should you need a replacement, rushIMPRINT has all types of custom mirrors.
    Smash Web

    So there you have it. A small collection of the many superstitions out there with a few supernatural stories sprinkled in for flavor. Hopefully that put you in an appropriate mood to celebrate this rare occasion, and if not, at least hold out until tomorrow, during which time you’re sure to be drowning in enough love and chocolate to drown any lingering creepy feelings from Friday the 13th.

    Sources: USA Today, Mental Floss