Have you ever found yourself side-stepping a ladder on the footpath to avoid walking underneath it?
Many of us do it without even realising!
Sure, there’s an element of not wanting to have something dropped on our heads or accidentally jostling the person standing on said ladder.
But if we’re really honest with ourselves, it’s because we don’t want to bring bad luck upon ourselves, isn’t it?!
But where did this superstition come from and why do we still adhere to it today?
Apparently, it came from the ancient Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago.
A ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle, and Egyptians regarded this shape as sacred – as evidenced by their magnificent pyramids!
To them, the shape represented the trinity of the gods, and to pass through a triangle was to desecrate them.
Walking under a ladder also has a gruesome association with England because in the 1600s, criminals were forced to walk under a ladder on their way to the gallows.
So, best to avoid them all round , ok?