People used to believe toothaches and other dental problems were caused by “tooth worms” that lived in our teeth and consumed them from the inside out.
Jews believe God has a 72 letter name that allows the speaker supernatural powers. This name allowed Moses to part the Red Sea.
Finnish people were believed to be able to control weather. This resulted in reluctance to accept Finnish Sailors aboard ships from the Vikings all the way until the 1900s.
The reason people believe breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck is due to ancient Romans believing life renewed itself every 7 years and that breaking a mirror would damage one’s self until the next 7 year renewal period.
In 1984, a 1-year-old received a heart transplant from a baboon but ended up dying 21 days later due to rejection. When questioned with why a baboon and not a primate more closely related to humans, the surgeon said he didn’t believe in evolution.
There are people who believe our birth certificates are actually bonds for money deposited in our names at birth, and these bonds are traded like stocks on the NYSE.
Some people believe dolphins and whales are actually a race of alien beings called the Nommos.
Primitive Baptist Universalists, a branch of Baptists found in Appalachia, are known as “No Hellers” due “to their belief that Hell is actually experienced in this lifetime”.
When trains were introduced in the U.S, many people believed that that “women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that their “uteruses would fly out of [their] bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.”