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8 of the strangest sailor superstitions

8 of the strangest sailor superstitions

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Bananas are bad luck on boats

News broke in 2015 that a Scottish town banned bananas in preparation for a traditional boat festival because bananas are considered bad luck on boats. This sailing superstition dates back hundreds of years in seafaring history.

There are numerous stories how this sailor superstition started, one being that boats carrying bananas in the Caribbean in 1700s had to sail swiftly to arrive in port before they ripened, and therefore were moving too fast to catch fish. Others suggest it's because bananas make other fruits ripen too quickly, forcing supplies go off too soon.

Bananas are still often banned on some sportfishing yachts today.

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